• University of Stirling Featured PhD Programmes
  • Northumbria University Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Southampton Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Surrey Featured PhD Programmes
  • Queen’s University Belfast Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Manchester Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Glasgow Featured PhD Programmes
  • University of Bristol Featured PhD Programmes
University of Sheffield Featured PhD Programmes
Aston University Featured PhD Programmes
Imperial College London Featured PhD Programmes
ESPCI Paris Tech Featured PhD Programmes
Lancaster University Featured PhD Programmes

PhD project in Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry: Cooperative Bond Activation and Catalysis by Polynuclear Main-Group Element Compounds

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Catalysis is one of the most powerful strategies to convert both conventional and alternative resources to valuable chemicals in environmentally friendly and economical processes. Current industrial catalysts almost exclusively incorporate precious and non-precious transition-metals, which are scarce (and correspondingly expensive) and often problematic with regard to (eco)toxicity. Thus, there is a need for alternative concepts that incorporate abundant and more environmentally friendly main-group elements as active sites. The PhD research will be centred on the activation and catalytic functionalisation of small molecules and inert chemical bonds by means of polynuclear environmentally benign main-group element compounds. Our interest lies in both the cooperative and the emergent effects that arise when a ligand frame hosts two active sites in close proximity. The project includes the synthesis and characterization of both new ligands and main-group element compounds, reactivity studies as well as computational investigations. The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Regensburg provides an excellent research infrastructure and the size of our group ensures comprehensive support and guidance along with fast publication.

Person Specification: Applicants should have a strong background in synthetic inorganic chemistry (experience in Schlenk- and Glovebox-Technique is desired), and must have completed, or are soon to complete, a Master (or equivalent) degree in chemistry at a high level (e.g. 2.1 minimum or equivalent). They should be willing to extend their areas of expertise and good communication skills, the ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment are essential.

For the application procedure or enquiries concerning the project, please contact Dr Robert Kretschmer () directly.

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully




Cookie Policy    X