About the Project
Our research aims at controlling reactivity under tension for applications in synthesis, materials, and biology.[2-4] We have recently shown how geometrical and substituent effects, as well as the use of mechanical bonds,[4-5] can give rise to unprecedented reaction pathways in molecules under tension.
In this project you will create new mechanophores and/or new modes of activation (e.g. with mechanical bonds) to promote unusual reactivity patterns under tension. You will investigate their activation both in solution, using ultrasounds, and in the solid-state by mechanical stretching, and explore their properties with the goal of creating functional systems for application in catalysis, self-healing, cellular force sensing, damage detection, out-of-equilibrium systems…
You will be trained in synthetic organic, polymer, and supramolecular chemistry.
Academic background of candidates:
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in in Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry. An experience in synthetic organic chemistry, synthetic polymer chemistry or supramolecular chemistry is desirable.
Contact for further Information:
For more information on the group visit: http://www.deboresearchgroup.com
Follow us on Twitter: @GuillaumeDebo
For informal inquiries please contact Dr Guillaume De Bo at firstname.lastname@example.org (including a CV).
Open to UK students only.
We expect the programme to commence in September 2021.
(2) Stevenson, R.; De Bo, G. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 16768–16771.
(3) Nixon, R.; De Bo, G. Nat. Chem. 2020, 12, 826–831.
(4) Zhang, M.; De Bo, G. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 5029–5033.
(5) Sandoval Torrientes, R.; Carr, T.; De Bo, G. Macromol. Rapid Comm. 2020. DOI: 10.1002/marc.202000447
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