PhD Studentship in Asymmetric Catalysis (3-years full time)

University of Hull

The University of Hull invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in the field of Asymmetric Catalysis.

PhD Title: “New Routes to Chiral-at-Metal Catalysts and their Application in Asymmetric Synthesis”

Application Closing Date: 26th March 2018.

PhD Start Date: 23rd July 2018.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin S Murray;, (0) 1482 465332. Chemistry - School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

New Routes to Chiral at Metal Complexes and their Application in Asymmetric Synthesis.

Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Murray (Chemistry)

Project description:

This project will focus on the development of a novel series of ligands that will allow access to chiral-at-metal complexes. The strategy employed will allow access to a diverse range of complexes and these will be evaluated for their ability to yield enantiopure products in a variety of transformations. One major area of interest is the asymmetric transfer hydrogenation (ATH) of ketones and imines. We aim to expand the toolbox of ruthenium-based catalysts available to address the ATH of more challenging ketones and imines and to identify catalysts of enhanced activity and stability to those already known.

Working in a multidisciplinary research environment you will make use of our extensive research facilities at the University of Hull. Comprehensive training will be provided across a range of areas including organic and organometallic synthesis, inert atmosphere techniques and across range of characterisation techniques (NMR spectroscopy, gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography).

The successful candidate will commence their studies within the recently opened George William Gray Centre for Advanced Materials at the University of Hull that connects the research of chemists, physicists, computer scientists, engineers and biomedical scientists.

Minimum Candidate Requirements

Students with a First or high Upper Second Class Degree in a relevant area (such as Chemistry, Materials Chemistry) are invited to apply.

For informal enquiries and discussion, email Dr Ben Murray (

How to Apply

Please click on the link below for PhD in chemistry full time.

Funding Information

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

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