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The Interaction of Chirality and Spin in Paramagnetic Helicenes

Department of Chemistry

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Dr Jochen Brandt No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

A 48-month fully funded PhD position in synthetic chemistry and chiral materials is available within the research group of Royal Society University Research Fellow Dr Jochen Brandt. Whilst the position is primarily based in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, the successful applicant will be part of several interdisciplinary networks; including the London Centre for Nanotechnology, Centre for Processable Electronics, and the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering.

The work will involve the synthesis and characterisation of paramagnetic helicenes and helicene-transition metal complexes for investigations into the origins of the Chiral-Induced Spin Selectivity (CISS). In this newly discovered phenomenon, enantiopure chiral materials act as electron spin filters at room temperature. CISS has been implicated in a diverse array of research fields, including: spintronics (electronics which make use of electron spin as well as charge), biology (protein electron transport) and the generation of carbon-neutral fuels (through the more efficient generation of hydrogen from water).

The post holder will focus on synthetic chemistry, but will also take part in exciting multidisciplinary work with collaborators in computational chemistry, physics and the material sciences.

Funding Notes

The position is available to both UK and EU graduates holding or about to hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry (or equivalent). The studentship will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £17,000. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jochen Brandt ([Email Address Removed]) by email, describing their research interests and experience, including an up-to-date CV. Please note that the formal application must be submitted through Imperial College’s online application system.

The application deadline is 11pm (British Summer Time) on Sunday, 02/08/2020 and the position is available for October 2020.


1. Brandt, J. R., Salerno, F. & Fuchter, M. J. The added value of small-molecule chirality in technological applications. Nat. Rev. Chem. 1, 0045 (2017).

2. Naaman, R., Paltiel, Y. & Waldeck, D. H. Chiral molecules and the electron spin. Nat. Rev. Chem. 3, 250–260 (2019).
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