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The Productive Merger of the Borrowing Hydrogen Principle with Organocatalysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Applications are invited for self-funded students wishing to perform research towards a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Dr Louis C. Morrill at Cardiff University.

The project will involve utilizing both synthetic and mechanistic approaches to discover and investigate new organocatalytic reactions. The development of dual catalytic systems, where organocatalysis is merged with transition metal catalysis, will result in highly efficient, one-pot methods to access valuable stereodefined heterocyclic products from simple starting materials, representing progress towards sustainable chemistry. This is a burgeoning area of synthetic organic chemistry and truly represents a great opportunity for highly motivated graduate students.

A highly motivated and dedicated student will gain a thorough training in synthetic organic chemistry and be rewarded with a highly stimulating project that will shape the future of this exciting new research program.

Eligible candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class B.Sc. degree (2:1) or equivalent in chemistry. Applications are particularly welcome from students with experience in organic synthesis and/or organometallic chemistry.

If English if not your first language then you must fulfil our English Language criteria before the start of your studies. Details of accepted English Language qualifications for admissions can be found here:

Contact for further information
Please contact Dr Louis C. Morrill (Email: ) for further information. Interested applicants should provide details of their qualifications, including a CV and a brief covering letter outlining their motivation and experience for the position. A formal application must be submitted to be considered.

More details on Dr Morrill’s research program can be found at:

Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded UK, EU and International students all year round.


To apply for this post please follow the link below and clearly state the project title and Dr Louis C. Morrill on the online application.

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