PhD Studentship: Catalytic C-F Bond Functionalization for the Fixation of Environmentally Persistent Fluorocarbons

Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year postgraduate studentship to develop organometallic catalysts for the activation of inert carbon–fluorine bonds in fluorocarbons. The position is available from October 2017 and will be held in the research group of Dr. Mark Crimmin at Imperial College London. The Department is scheduled to move to the brand new White City Campus which is anticipated to be operational in early 2018.

The Project

The project aims to develop and understand new organometallic catalysts for the transformation of carbon–fluorine bonds into carbon–aluminium, carbon–magnesium or carbon–boron bonds using well-defined main group reagents. It builds upon recently published work from the group (Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.  2012, 12559; Chem. Commun. 2015, 15994; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, Training will be provided in organometallic synthesis, air-sensitive techniques and homogeneous catalysis including aspects of mechanistic analysis. You will work in a small team. Further details of the group’s work can be found here:


The successful candidate should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or 2(i) MSci degree or equivalent. Ideal candidates will have a background in organic or organometallic synthesis and some aspects of catalysis.

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