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Photoredox catalysis and asymmetric synthesis

Project Description

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Manchester, in the School of Chemistry, to work with Dr Daniele Leonori on a project in collaboration with AstraZeneca in the area of photoredox catalysis and asymmetric synthesis, starting in October 2020.
This project will focus on the design and development of novel photocatalytic processes aimed at assembling N-containing molecules. The final objective of this project is the application of the methodologies in the late-stage modification of complex and bio-active molecules like peptides and drugs.
The catalytic processes will be targeted building on the groups’ expertise in the area of photocatalysis and nitrogen-radical chemistry (see: Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 426).
The student will receive training in organic synthesis, catalysis development, photochemistry, electrochemistry and photophysics. Transferable skills such as reporting of results orally and in writing, time management, project planning and management will be developed, with assistance of our dedicated staff at the University of Manchester.

Academic background of candidates:
Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting to obtain, a Chemistry degree with an outstanding academic record and high English proficiency (IELTS of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component or TOEFL IBT at over 90 with no less than 22 in each component). Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and some experience in organic synthesis, photochemistry and/or organometallic chemistry.

Contact for further Information:
Dr Daniele Leonori

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year EPSRC iCASE studentship with AstraZeneca. The funding will cover fees and stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20).

Open to UK/EU applicants with 3 years residency in the UK only.

We expect the programme to commence in September 2020.


Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 426
Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 7728
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 5003

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