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  Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel High Energy Density Metal-Based Poly(nitro) Azolates
  Dr P Portius
Application Deadline: 30 July 2020

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Energetic or high energy-density materials are the key ingredient in the manufacture of propellants, explosives and pyrotechnics.
  Macromolecules for drug delivery
  Dr L Twyman
Applications accepted all year round

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We have worked with a number of water soluble polymer systems that are capable of encapsulating and solubilising various hydrophobic drug moieties.
  Oxidative transformations of alkylboronic esters.
  Dr BM Partridge
Applications accepted all year round

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Building on work in the Partridge group, this project will explore new oxidative transformations of alkylboronic esters. This work is suitable for ambitious students with a strong interest organic synthesis, and will involve aspects of catalysis, organoboron chemistry, and asymmetric synthesis..
  Synthesis of specific macromolecular ligands for protein binding, recognition and purification.
  Dr L Twyman
Applications accepted all year round

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Proteins bind and recognise each other using large surface areas. Sensing and recognizing specific proteins is therefore important for a number of applications, including medicine, biology and chemistry.
  Synthesise of new macromolecules for application in photodynamic therapy.
  Dr L Twyman
Applications accepted all year round

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective and licensed treatment for a number of conditions, including various cancers and certain skin and eye conditions.
  Artificial blood
  Dr L Twyman
Applications accepted all year round

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Inspired by Nature, we have developed a number of macromolecules that can bind a release oxygen. These have included polyfluorinated micelles, polyion complexes and porphyrin cored polymers.
  A Pd-catalysed cyclisation strategy to chiral nitrogen heterocycles
  Prof JPA Harrity
Applications accepted all year round

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We have recently devised a novel conjunctive reagent that is generated in the presence of a palladium catalyst, and demonstrated that this can be exploited in the synthesis of chiral heterocyclic products.
  An asymmetric synthesis of atropisomeric functionalised intermediates
  Prof JPA Harrity
Applications accepted all year round

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Atropisomers are stereoisomers that occur because of hindered rotation about a single bond, and this leads to two or more conformers that interconvert slowly enough to be isolated as single components.
  Investigating mechanism, reactivity and catalysis in organic, supramolecular and biological chemistry
  Prof NH Williams
Applications accepted all year round

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We are interested in designing and synthesising organic molecules to investigate the basis of catalysis, and to apply these principles to designing our own, artificial catalysts.
  Mechanisms in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis
  Dr A Haynes
Applications accepted all year round

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Homogeneous catalysis by transition metal complexes plays an important role in many significant industrial processes. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these reactions is key to improving catalytic activity and selectivity to enhance overall process efficiency.
  Microporous polymers for energy and sustainability
  Dr R Dawson
Applications accepted all year round

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Microporous polymers are a class of porous material made from organic building blocks possessing high surface areas and chemical stability.
  Novel synthesis & characterisation methods for metal-organic nanosheets
  Dr J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanomaterials are set to revolutionise every aspect of our lives from electronics to medicine. The remarkable properties shown by graphene have led to the development of a wide variety of other two-dimensional materials.
  Synthesis of saturated nitrogen heterocycles and alkaloids by using organolithiums or dipolar cycloaddition chemistry
  Prof I Coldham
Applications accepted all year round

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Our research group focuses on the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds, especially with chiral organometallic compounds and dipolar cycloaddition reactions.
  Ynone trifluoroborate salts: Versatile reagents for organic synthesis
  Prof JPA Harrity
Applications accepted all year round

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We have recently developed a new class of functionality rich intermediates based on ynone trifluoroborate salts. These compounds can be elaborated in multiple ways e.g.
  Metal-organic nanosheets (MONs): Programmable 2D materials for use as sensors, catalysts, membranes and devices
  Dr J Foster
Applications accepted all year round

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Two-dimensional nanomaterials such as graphene hold enormous potential for use in advanced electronics, energy, separation and composite materials applications.
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