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Polymeric Frustrated Lewis Pairs

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 06, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Functional materials that respond to external stimuli are of growing importance to fields as varied as computing, electronics, health and well-being and sustainability. These functional materials are rarely used to tackle two key challenges that underpin our chemical economy: carbon capture and storage (CCS) and catalysis. This PhD project will exploit our group’s expertise in synthetic main group chemistry to develop polymeric materials that offer a paradigm shift for both fields, using the concept of frustrated Lewis pairs to promote activation and capture of waste industrial gases like carbon dioxide, whilst also providing a platform to transform this waste gas into a value-added product. The aforementioned frustrated Lewis pairs exploit the concept of latent reactivity where a Lewis acid and Lewis are decorated with large bulky groups that prevents them from coming into close contact. This induces a frustration which can activate small molecules or promote unique, metal-free catalysis. This project suits someone with a passion for synthetic chemistry – either in main group or polymer science – who wants to join a dynamic, diverse, international, industrial and enthusiastic team. The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The start date for this PhD is either 1st May 2020 or 1st September 2020, the duration is 3 years or 3.5 years depending upon start date.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in chemistry, materials or a cognate discipline. Interest or experience in one or more of synthetic main group chemistry, small molecule catalysis or synthetic polymer chemistry is desirable.

Funding Notes

Funding provided by Leverhulme Grant RPG-2019-019. The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend of £15,009 per year. EU nationals must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend).

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