PhD Studentship: Supramolecular Systems Containing Conjugated Ligo (Viologens) for Optoelectronic Applications

University of Sussex - Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences

A Ph.D. studentship (42 months) is available from 1st Oct 2018 under the supervision of Dr Barny Greenland, Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences.

Deadline: Mar 9th 2018

Our multidisciplinary group is focussed on using supramolecular interactions to produce useful materials that respond to their local environment. We have worked extensively on developing new adhesives, healing materials and printing inks.

Over recent years, the group has developed synthetic strategies which enable the synthesis of novel macrocyclic receptor compounds (Org. Lett, 2009, 5238) and conjugated oligo(viologen) species (Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, 980; Tetrahedron Lett. 2017, 1859). These systems possess many exciting properties including tunable host-guest interactions and electrochromism.

This project will develop our methodologies to produce supramolecular assemblies which are conductive or semi-conductive. These supramolecular complexes will have potential applications as materials in organic light emitting diodes and photovoltaic cells.

This PhD will therefore enable the successful candidate to acquire a broad range of skills from synthetic chemistry and characterisation, to materials design and evaluation.

Please submit a formal application using our online application system at, including a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest and names of two academic referees.

On the application system use Programme of Study – PhD Chemistry.

Please make sure you include the project title and Supervisor’s name with your statement of interest on the application form.

This School funded position, which covers fees and a stipend at standard RCUK rates, is open to Home / EU applicants only due to funding restrictions. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in synthetic chemistry and analytical technics including NMR spectroscopy, additional experience in supramolecular chemistry would be an advantage. Eligible applicants will have recently received an MSc and/or a First or high 2:1 BSc in a relevant subject. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.

Contact Anna Izykowska for application enquiries (

Contact Dr Greenland ( for enquiries about the project

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