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Precious Bimetallic Catalysis: application to allene chemistry and beyond (MUÑOZMU19SF)

Project Description

Applications are welcome for a self-funded PhD at the School of Chemistry of the University of East Anglia to work in the research group of Dr María Paz Muñoz.

The PhD project aims to develop novel bimetallic catalytic systems using precious or other metals and investigate their activity in allene chemistry. Different combination of metals complexes will be employed to accomplish orthogonal, synergistic or dual catalysis first using known reactions in allene chemistry as benchmark reactions to test the improved activity of the dual versus the single catalyst systems, and then applying them to unprecedented systems towards the synthesis of complex structures in one synthetic operation.
Applicants must have at least a 2:1 in Chemistry or related discipline or a good Masters degree in Chemistry.

UK students, and others who are eligible for Research Council studentships, will be able to apply for ESRC funding to work on this topic. Please see for more information and contact Dr Muñoz if you are eligible.

More information:
For more information on the supervisor for this project, please visit:
Type of programme: PhD
Start date: October 2019
Mode of study: Full-time

Entry Requirements: Acceptable first degree subject areas: Chemistry (The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1).

Please note: Applications are processed as soon as they are received and the project may be filled before the closing date, so early application is advisable.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at View Website.

A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.


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iv) C. Hurtado-Rodrigo, S. Höehne, M. P. Muñoz, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 1494-1496.
v) M. P. Muñoz, M. de la Torre, M. A. Sierra, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18 (15), 4499-4504.

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