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Nickel Catalysis for the Synthesis of Agrochemicals

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    Dr David Nelson
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Project Description

A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the Nelson Group at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) to begin in October 2016. The position is generously funded by Syngenta (Berkshire, England) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The position includes a stipend at the EPSRC prescribed rate (at a minimum) for forty-eight months and a three month placement at Syngenta’s state-of-the art International Research Centre at Jealott’s Hill, Berkshire.

The research project concerns the study and design of nickel-catalysed processes for organic synthesis. Syngenta rely on the ability to prepare important functionalised molecules on scale and at low cost, in order to provide a range of products to protect crops and secure food supplies. Nickel has the potential to replace palladium in many reactions such as cross-coupling, while the accessibility of a range of oxidation states holds great promise for the development of new and exciting chemical reactions. This project complements and will build upon ongoing research in the group that explores the rational design of catalytic reactions.

The student will develop skills in organometallic and organic synthesis, catalysis, and kinetic studies. Hands-on experience will be gained with Schlenk and glovebox techniques, NMR and UV/visible spectroscopy, and techniques for the synthesis and purification of a range of molecules.

Details about our research group and our activities and publications can be found at http://personal.strath.ac.uk/david.nelson

Funding Notes

The position is fully funded by Syngenta and the EPSRC, for a period of 48 months.

ELIGIBILITY: This position is available to students with a relevant connection with UK (usually established by residence. In practice, this means that the position is open to UK citizens, and may be open to EU students. There is unfortunately no scope to support a researcher from outside the EU.

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Glasgow)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.40

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