This research project will be focused on the preparation of Zintl ions (polyanionic clusters) functionalized with group 13 elements to be explored in small molecule activation (akin to FLP chemistry) and as active catalysts in organic transformations. The successful applicant will receive excellent training in the principles of solution phase coordination chemistry, activation of small molecules at the gas/solution interphases, and synthetic solid-state techniques, as well as become proficient in the application of key characterisation methods like X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and Mass Spectrometry.
Academic background of candidates: Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry. A Masters degree in a relevant subject and/or experience in main-group chemistry and the handling of air- and moisture- sensitive compounds is desirable. Applicants should have a keen interest in synthetic inorganic chemistry.