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Phosphacumulenic Organometallics: Accessing Novel Bridged Scaffolds for Molecular Conductors

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  • Full or part time
    Dr I Crossley
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project will build on our recent advances in the study of conjugated phosphacarbon complexes derived from the cyaphide (‘CP’) ligand (Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 9004; 2018, 47, 4428; 2019, 48, 8131), with a specific focus on developing conjugatively bridged polymetallics, using our recently described hypo-coordinate salt [Ru(dppe)2(CP)].OTf (Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 14800) as a foundation scaffold. Target compounds will exploit both the ‘CP’ ligand and cumulenic analogues in the bridging role, alongside more traditional carbon-rich bridges, and will require some level of synthetic development alongside complex design. The electronic properties of the resulting compounds will be studied using a range of methods to assess their suitability as model molecular conductors and to guide future design.

The project will involve substantial anaerobic organometallic synthesis, with the extensive ‘hands-on’ use of X-ray diffraction and advanced multinuclear NMR spectroscopic methods as primary means of compound identification and characterisation. This will be augmented by “in-house” electrochemical and spectro-electrochemical studies and, as appropriate, computational (DFT) work. The successful candidate will therefore receive a thorough and rounded training in the methods of modern inorganic and organometallic synthesis and characterisation.

How to apply:
Please submit a formal application using our online application system at, including a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest and names of two academic referees. On the application system use Programme of Study – PhD Chemistry

For enquiries about the project contact Dr Ian Crossley; [Email Address Removed]. An overview of research in the Crossley lab can be found at

Funding Notes

This funded position covers Home / EU tuition fees and a stipend at standard UKRI rates.

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in synthetic inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry. Eligible applicants will have recently received, or expect to obtain, an MSc and/or a First or 2:1 BSc / MChem in chemistry. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.

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