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PhD in Chemistry: the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD will explore the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis.

This research project will illustrate new design strategies to synthesise ambiphilic molecules that contain both electrophilic (Lewis acidic) and nucleophilic (Lewis basic) sites that may be employed as catalysts in catalytic hydrogenation, dehydrocoupling, cyclisation, hydrosilylation, hydroboration and carbon dioxide utilisation reactions.

These new routes will offer a modular design to develop main group catalysts that should surpass the activity of those previously reported.

Academic criteria

Candidates should hold a 2.1 or higher Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry.

The successful candidate will also preferably have experience in organic synthesis.

Supervisor - Dr Rebecca Melen https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38512-melen-rebecca

Start date - 1st January 2019

Funding Notes

Tuition fee support - Full UK/EU tuition fees

Maintenance stipend - Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria - Residency - UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply. For more information View Website




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