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Synthesis of Carbon-rich Molecular Materials

   Department of Chemistry

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

Dunedin New Zealand Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Materials Science Structural Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

New carbon-rich molecular materials, based on well-defined nanographenes and other novel polyaromatic architectures, will be rationally synthesised to better understand structure-property relationships. Of particular interest is the tuning of electronic/optical properties, and exploring the correlation between molecular and bulk structure towards porous organic frameworks for uptake/storage of gases and other guests. The project will involve a major component of organic synthesis, combined with characterisation of the structure and properties of resultant materials, both in-house and with collaborators within the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

A successful applicant will have a BSc(Honours) or MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, and an excellent command of written and spoken English. Applications from international as well as domestic students are welcomed. Knowledge and experience in organic/organometallic synthesis, purification, and characterisation techniques such as NMR is essential. The tenure of the PhD scholarship is for three years, and it is desired that a successful candidate will take up the position as soon as possible. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found and the available position(s) is filled.

Applications should include a full CV and the names/contact details of at least two referees. Applications should be sent (preferably by email) to: Assoc. Prof. Nigel Lucas, Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand; .

Funding Notes

A successful student will receive a stipend of NZ$27,500 per annum in addition to course/tuition fees. Applications from international as well as domestic students are welcomed.


Superphenylphosphines: Nanographene-Based Ligands That Control Coordination Geometry and Drive Supramolecular Assembly, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1131. DOI:10.1021/jacs.7b12251
Rigid tetraarylene-bridged cavitands from reduced-symmetry resorcin[4]arene derivatives. Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 4716. DOI:10.1039/C8CC01903G
Rigid, biconical hydrogen-bonded dimers that strongly encapsulate cationic guests in solution and the solid state. Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 11858. DOI:10.1039/d1sc01802g

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