This project concerns the use of magnetic and advanced pulse EPR methods to probe the electronic structure of paramagnetic f-block metal complexes (lanthanide and actinides), to address areas of current interest including the nature of their bonding, reactivity, and uses in molecular magnetism.
The molecules to be studied will contain f-metal ions surrounded by organic ligands. The magnetic properties of the compounds, and the interactions between metal ions, will be studied by magnetometry and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Advanced pulse-EPR methods are to be used to measure relaxation times and spin densities.
The successful candidate will receive training in magnetism, EPR (continuous wave and pulsed) and data modelling methods (Dr Floriana Tuna and Prof Eric McInnes), and will have access to world-class facilities for EPR and magnetic studies via the EPSRC National EPR Research Facility. The project will also benefit of close interaction with two strong synthetic groups on lanthanide and actinide chemistry (Prof Stephen Liddle and Dr David Mills), and will be further supported by collaborations with groups in Oxford, Italy and Switzerland.
Applicants should have or expect a good II(i) honours degree (or an equivalent degree) in Chemistry or related disciplines. An experience of EPR and NMR spectroscopy or coordination chemistry is desirable but not compulsory.
Contact for further Information
For more information and informal inquiries please Dr Floriana Tuna at [email protected]
(including a CV)
Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter must contain a short paragraph covering your research interests and your motivation for the project.
This project is to be funded under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Programme. This Studentship is for 3.5 years covering tuition fees and a stipend of £14,057 per annum for 2015/16. Eligibility restricted to UK/EU students.