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Three-Dimensional Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons for Organic Electronic Applications

   School of Chemistry

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

About the Project

A PhD studentship is available in the group of Dr Iain Wright (School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh; https://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-iain-wright

Project Summary

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be considered as molecular fragments of graphene. They have unique and powerful optoelectronic properties which can be engineered by controlling their molecular structures. 

This studentship will focus on the chemical synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatics with bespoke 3D structures. Phenomena such as chirality and homoconjugation will be induced in these molecules to produce advanced new functional dyes for study towards emerging technologies such as organic solar cells, OLEDs, and organic spintronics.

 Enthusiasm for target driven synthetic organic chemistry will be necessary for this project.

 The primary responsibility of the successful applicant will be chemical synthesis, however, they will also be trained in how to study these materials using electrochemical and spectroscopic methods.


In the first instance, the initial application (including cover letter and CV) should be directed to:

Dr Iain A. Wright, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, UK.


The position will remain open until filled.


Before Submitting your cover letter and CV, please complete the online School of Chemistry Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Form 2023. The form will automatically generate a unique “Receipt Number” that you MUST include in your cover letter.

Equality and Diversity

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. University Initiatives website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly

Funding Notes

The studentship is fully funded for 42 months by the University of Edinburgh and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £17,668 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC residency criteria. View Website

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