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Sustainable Synthesis and Catalysis Through Earth-Abundant Cooperative Bimetallics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Two PhD positions available on Sustainable Main Group Metal Synthesis for two talented researches with an interest in organometallic/organic chemistry. The projects focus on recent developments by the Hevia group on s-block bimetallic catalysis (Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 5821; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57,10630) and the use of non-conventional solvents in polar organometallic chemistry (Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 14854)

Transcending the current state of the art, these projects will deliver a new generation of polar organometallic reagents, made up by a combination of an alkali-metal with other earth-abundant environmentally benign metals (Mg, Zn, Al, Mn, Fe). Switching on metal-metal cooperation, these systems will exhibit unique reactivity/selectivity profiles to pioneer new directions in catalysis. Furthermore, by refining their uses to operate in cost-effective, green and biodegradable Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) the projects will extend the extraordinary synergistic reactivities of these bimetallic reagents to milder reaction conditions compatible with air and moisture, species generally considered the ultimate antagonists in polar organometallic chemistry.

The vision behind these projects is to push forward step change improvements in synthesis and catalysis through development of bimetallic systems based on sustainable, earth-abundant metals that will instill cooperative functionality to create chemistry currently impossible with single metal systems.

Candidate requirements: Applicants should have a strong background in synthetic organometallic/organic chemistry, and must have completed, or are soon to complete, a Master degree in chemistry at a high level. Experience in the manipulation of air- and moisture sensitive compounds in highly desirable but not essential. They should have a very good knowledge of organometallic chemistry, be willing to extend their areas of expertise and have good communication skills (in English). The ability to work safely, independently and as part of a team is also essential. Please send your application (motivation letter, CV, transcript of records, and contact details of 2 referees) as a single pdf file to . Research programme is expected to start in Fall 2020.

Please check for further details. Informal inquiries may also be directed to the same email address above. After a first round of consideration, candidates will be interviewed either in person or by Skype.

Funding Notes

Both PhD projects are fully funded for four years. The salary during the PhD studies is according to the Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines, View Website

Other information: The University of Bern is closely associated with the Swiss capital city of Bern. Located on the bend of the River Aare, the city is the country's political center and a popular tourist destination. Academic excellence has earned Bern an international reputation. A large variety of education, sport and cultural opportunities as well as high living and environmental standards make Bern an attractive place for undergraduates, researchers and doctoral students.

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