Photoredox catalysis by transition metal complexes

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  Dr Jonathon Beves  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Our group are interested in diverse applications of supramolecular chemistry, from coordination chemistry and self-assembly to polymer science and molecular photoswitches. For more information our group’s recent research, see

This project is in collaboration with A/Prof. Evan Moore (University of Queensland) and A/Prof. Alex Bissember (University of Tasmania).

This ARC-funded project will use cheap, abundant transition metal ions and visible light to enable challenging synthetic chemical reactions. Most synthetic reactions using visible light currently require expensive precious metals, and fundamental reaction pathways used by Nature remain inaccessible. Both of these problems limit the scope of synthetic applications.

In this project you will prepare coordination complexes and study their photophysical and electrochemical properties. From this you will understand how these can be most effectively applied to photoredox catalysis, and in multi-component molecular devices and machines. The work will involve a wide range of analytical techniques (NMR, MS, XRD, UV-vis etc) and will involve collaborations with external partners, including in ultrafast spectroscopy.

Skills gained include: Organic and inorganic chemistry synthesis, host-guest chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, optical (UV-vis and emission) spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, and single crystal X-ray crystallography.

Required: BSc/MSc with Major in Chemistry; some experience with inorganic (coordination chemistry) synthesis; UV-vis spectroscopy; interpreting NMR spectra. A willingness to learn new techniques.

PhD program: At UNSW our PhD program is 3.5 years of full time research, with no coursework requirements.


·  All nationalities are eligible.

· You must meet the English language requirements in order to apply. (

· You must have the equivalent of a 4 year undergraduate degree, with at least 9 months of research and an examined thesis (equivalent to UNSW 1st Class Honours).

Funding Notes

The available stipends will match the Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship (2022 rate = $28,854), plus relocation expenses.

How to apply: email A/Prof. Beves your CV, academic transcript (undergraduate and any postgraduate coursework grades) and the contact details for at least two (2) referees.

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