"Base Stable and Stable Basic Ionic Liquids"
Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship at the internationally recognised QUILL Research Centre based in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Dr Andrew Marr & Prof Ken Seddon.
Many reactions in ionic liquids proceed well under acidic or neutral conditions. However, a large class of reactions performed under basic conditions fail due to the poor base stability of commonly used ionic liquids. This project is focussed on perfecting the design of base stable and stable basic ionic liquids, by understanding the underlying chemistry. These ionic liquids will then be used to affect green catalytic organic chemistry.
Ionic liquids exhibit unique flexibility in their chemical and physical properties, allowing solvent properties and solubility to be controlled. The ionic liquids prepared will be less hazardous to handle than current bases as, in addition to the low flammability and volatility often associated with ionic liquids, they have the potential to be less corrosive.
The project will consist of ionic liquid synthesis and design, fundamental studies and basic ionic liquid applications.
Applications should be made in the form of a CV (with a minimum of 2 academic referees) and covering letter and sent to Dr Sarah Thompson, QUILL Research Centre, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5AG, or submitted via e-mail to [email protected]
There is no official closing date however each application will be considered immediately upon submission so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.
The successful candidates will be expected to take up the studentship in October 2016 (the start date has some flexibility, if mutually convenient).
We invite applications from students who have a 2.1 or above Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related discipline. Candidates with a 2.2 honours degree and a suitable MSc may also be considered. This is a fully funded 3 year studentship providing a maintenance grant of £14,100 per annum and covering all tuition fees. Due to funding restrictions the studentship is only open to UK and European nationals.
Applications should be made in the form of a CV (with a minimum of 2 academic referees) and covering letter and sent to Dr Sarah Thompson via e-mail to [email protected]
For informal discussions about the project and suitability contact Dr Andrew Marr ([email protected])
For further information on Queen’s University Belfast, see http://www.qub.ac.uk/
For further information of the QUILL Research Centre, see http://quill.qub.ac.uk/
For further details on eligibility for funding and useful information for prospective research students please read the information at http://www.qub.ac.uk/postgraduate.