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Molecular Minerals of Fe(III): the discovery and characterisation of new functional molecules containing multiple transition metal centres

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    Prof E Brechin
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Project Description

A PhD studentship funded through the U21 scheme is available in the group of Professor Euan Brechin (School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh;, co-supervised by Professor Lee Cronin (School of Chemistry, The University of Glasgow.

The project will focus on the discovery and characterisation of new functional molecules containing multiple transition metal centres, particularly those of Fe(III). One major goal is the synthesis of giant, molecular, iron oxide cages analogous to those seen in high oxidation state transition metal polyoxometalates. Such species would have widespread applications from information storage and molecular spintronics, to catalysis and cryogenic refrigeration. Molecular design, innovative synthesis strategy and methods, advanced detection and characterisation techniques will be employed in our world-leading laboratories.
The successful candidate will possess, or expect to obtain, a first class or upper-second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry. Essential qualities include a strong background in synthetic chemistry and associated analytical techniques. Other essential attributes are good presentation and communication skills (written and oral). In the first instance, informal enquiries (accompanied by a CV) should be directed to:
Professor Euan Brechin, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, UK.
Email: [email protected]

Formal applications are made through the University’s EUCLID system:

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Funding Notes

The studentship is fully funded for 36 months and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £14,764 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC criteria:

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 43.30

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