About the Project
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
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