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Programming and Real-Time Monitoring Light Degradability of Polymers


Centre for Materials Science

, Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Synthetic polymers are arguably the class of man-made materials that have most shaped the last century. However, the majority of polymers results from radical polymerization techniques yielding all carbon backbones, which critically prevent their degradation and pose a vital threat to the future of our planet. The truly interdisciplinary project spans design and synthesis of an unprecedented class of light degradable polymers as well as the development of the analytical platform to monitor polymer degradation in real-time.
On the synthetic side, the project will develop macrocyclic monomers containing inherent degradation mechanisms. Upon polymerisation, the cleavable linkages of the macrocyclic monomer will be embedded into the resulting polymer’s backbone, which can be degraded on demand by irradiation with light. These polymers will then be interrogated using advanced mass spectrometry techniques, including ion mobility mass spectrometry and laser photoactivation. The successful PhD applicant will be directly involved in operating the mass spectrometers to make these measurements and take a leading role to develop and implement new mass spectrometry techniques to probe molecular photofolding.

You should have a B.Sc.(hons) or M.Sc. degree in chemistry. A strong background in organic chemistry and mass spectrometry would be highly valuable. Other desirable skillsets would include experience in polymer synthesis, characterization techniques and monomer design, although these are no requirements, if the applicant is ambitious to learn. We are looking for applicants that are highly motivated, demonstrate initiative, and look forward to working in a highly collaborative, multicultural team.

The candidate will become a member of the brand new QUT Centre for Material Science. The centre provides a collaborative environment for curiosity-driven materials research and innovation focusing on outstanding research strengths in:
-soft matter materials
-hard condensed matter materials
-computation, prediction and modelling
-analytical technique development.

The Centre is fostering a supportive environment for PhD students and early career researchers, and aims to build a diverse and collegial group of researchers dedicated on pushing the barriers in material science. https://www.qut.edu.au/research/centre-for-materials-science

Funding Notes

There is one competitive round of funding within the faculty each year, closing Sept 30, 2020. Through the Centre for Material Science, there are other funding opportunities throughout the year, so applicants are encouraged to contact the project supervisor of the Centre as early as possible to discuss options.

For more information on application processes and eligibility: View Website

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