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; firstname.lastname@example.org.