Sequence-Defined Pi-Conjugated Materials for Organic Electronics

   School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

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  Dr Christian Nielsen  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Pi-conjugated molecules are widely used in a range of organic electronic applications such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices and sensors, and hold promise in many more areas. Sequence control is key to realising the full potential of these materials but using traditional synthetic routes it is challenging and costly to achieve the level of control desired even at gram-scale. In this PhD project, we will optimise the synthesis and purification of complex sequence-defined conjugated materials using Pd-catalysed C-C coupling chemistries in combination with carefully planned protection and deprotection chemistry and utilise in-house-developed molecular separation membranes. Subsequently, the performance of these materials will be explored with collaborators in organic electronic applications. The successful PhD applicant will be jointly supervised at QMUL by Dr Christian Nielsen (School of Physical and Chemical Sciences) and Prof Andrew Livingston (School of Engineering and Materials Science). The PhD project will be carried out in close collaboration with Cambridge Display Technology Ltd and the student will have an industrial co-supervisor and opportunities to interact closely with the company throughout the program.

To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Chemistry programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Further Guidance:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Christian Nielsen

E-mail: [Email Address Removed]

This project is scheduled to start in late September 2023. We shall be considering applications on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should make an informal inquiry via the information above.

Chemistry (6) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

• The studentship arrangement will cover home tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three and a half years with an enhanced stipend.
• The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
• If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
• Please note that this studentship is only available to Home applicants. (See: for details)
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