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Total Synthesis of Unnatural Products: Three-Dimensional Organic Electronic Materials

   School of Science

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  Dr I Wright, Dr S Butler  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Loughborough University is an Equal Opportunity employer and actively supports equality, diversity, and inclusion. The School of Science holds a bronze Athena SWAN award represents a thriving and diverse research environment. Applications are encouraged from all sections of society.

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be considered molecular fragments of graphene. They have unique and powerful optoelectronic properties finding applications including solar energy conversion, spintronics, and other emerging technologies. Their properties can be engineered by controlling their molecular structures

This project will focus on the chemical synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with bespoke folded 3D structures. Phenomena such as chirality and homoconjugation will be induced in these 3D hydrocarbons to form advanced new functional dyes.

A passion for synthetic organic chemistry will be necessary for this project.

The students primary responsibility will be completing the multi-step synthesis of these new molecules. However, they will also be trained to study these materials using electrochemistry and spectroscopy equipping them with a wide range of transferrable skills. This work will be completed at Loughborough University taking full advantage of new synthetic chemistry laboratories and our suite of tools for studying organic electronic materials.

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Iain Wright leads a diverse and productive young research team. All eligible interested applicants are welcome to contact him by email for further information. If you can display an enthusiasm for chemistry and scientific research in general, we want to hear from you.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry. Enthusiasm for target driven synthetic organic chemistry is essential. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: synthetic organic chemistry, electrochemistry, photophysics.

Please see the programme website for international entry requirements by country.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Chemistry. Please quote reference number: IW/CM/2022

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects within the School. Funding decisions will not be confirmed until early 2022. The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.
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