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Stimuli-responsive colloids for sustainable chemistry

   School of Chemical Sciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Inspired by biological cell-signaling, the project will aim to develop stimuli-responsive colloidal emulsions to perform multiple, incompatible, chemical reactions in one pot, controlled by applied stimuli. We will design and synthesise the components of these systems, study their physical properties and responsiveness to the environmental/ reaction conditions. The colloids will be designed to interact and reconfigure allowing control over sequence of reactions. The focus will be on utilising such systems to perform important chemical reactions in a sustainable and efficient way.


The ideal PhD candidate will have strong background in organic synthesis and/or colloidal chemistry, and excellent understanding of fundamental physical chemistry. The candidate will have a BScHon or MSc degree in organic/physical/materials chemistry with outstanding grades and a keen interest in multidisciplinary research. Candidates should satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at University of Auckland.

Total value and tenure of scholarship (funded through the MacDiarmid Institute CORE): NZD$30,000 per annum (not taxed) plus student fees for three (3) years.

How to apply

Please send a CV, academic record, and the names and contact details of two referees to: Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic,   with “Stimuli-responsive colloids for sustainable chemistry” in the subject line. 

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