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Tuning the magnetic properties of two-coordinate metal complexes

  • Full or part time

    Prof Michael Whittlesey
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

The project:

Molecular magnetism is a growing research field that attracts scientist with expertise in chemistry, physics and engineering. We are searching for a candidate to work on a highly multidisciplinary projects that involves computational chemistry, spectroscopy, cutting-edge magnetic measurements, synthesis and characterisation.

The aim of this project is to screen chemical space of possible combinations of ligands and metals using quantum chemistry methods to suggest the best complexes for further synthesis in the group of Prof. Whittlesey. This project will be focused on ab initio modeling of two-coordinate M(I)/M(II) complexes (M=Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) with various carbene ligands.

Successful candidate will get training in state-of-the-art quantum chemistry methods, will have a chance to work on synthesis and magnetic measurements in Bath and abroad.


We are looking for highly motivated students with a background in chemistry, physics and/or materials science.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the equivalent from an overseas university. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.


Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr. Elizaveta Suturina ().

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemistry (full-time):

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019.

Funding Notes

UK and EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the project will be considered for an EPSRC DTP studentship. Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£14,777 per annum, 2018/19 rate) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

For more information on eligibility, see: View Website.

We welcome all-year-round applications from self-funded candidates and candidates who can source their own external sponsorship.


M. Atanasov, D. Aravena, E. Suturina, E. Bill, D. Maganas, F. Neese, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2015, 177, 289

C.G. Werncke, E. Suturina, P.C. Bunting, L. Vendier, J.R. Long, M. Atanasov, F. Neese, S. Sabo-Etienne, S. Bontemps, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 1668

R.C. Poulten, M.J. Page, A.G. Algarra, J.J. Le Roy, I. López, E. Carter, A. Llobet, S.A. Macgregor, M.F. Mahon, D.M. Murphy, M. Murugesu, and M.K. Whittlesey, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (37), pp 13640–13643

How good is research at University of Bath in Chemistry?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.10

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