PhD Chemistry: Transition Metal Complexes as Prototype Molecular Spin Qubits
The project develops the synthesis of new transition metal complexes bearing redox-active ligands for application in electrochemically-controlled molecular spintronic devices. One of the driving forces for this is their potential as prototype molecular spin qubits – the hardware of a quantum computer. Designing new systems with tuneable spin coupling will significantly advance the implementation of quantum computing.
The research is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of tuneable coordination complexes that have application as hardware in molecular quantum devices. The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent, and have experience of inorganic synthesis, organic synthesis and solution-state analysis. The student can expect to become an expert in coordination chemistry, ligand design, inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, magnetometry and a range of advanced spectroscopic techniques. The multidisciplinary nature of the work will require a student capable of administering international collaborations, with associated opportunities for travel. In this project, we will push forward our new platform of ligand radical complexes as the next generation in molecular spin qubits.
This project is fully funded, with tuition fees and a stipend at current EPSRC rates (£14,553 for Session 2017-18). Note that due to funding restrictions, this position is only available to UK and EU students.