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PhD Studentship in Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry

The University of Manchester - Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 p.a. in 2018/19
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th December 2018
Closes: 1st February 2019
Reference: DM 225

Opening up New Oxidation States in Metallocene Chemistry Across the Periodic Table

An EPSRC DTG-sponsored PhD studentship is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry with the Mills group at Manchester. In this project we target complexes across the Periodic Table with precise geometrical features in order to maximise targeted physicochemical properties. Such complexes, which can exhibit unusual oxidation states, coordination environments and reactivity profiles, will predominantly be supported by cyclopentadienyl and phospholyl ligands. The successful candidate, based in the laboratory of Dr David Mills and co-supervised by Dr Nicholas Chilton, will synthesise and fully characterise a novel, exciting series of highly air- and moisture-sensitive complexes. When appropriate, we will analyse the physical properties of these complexes using a wide variety of techniques including SQUID magnetometry, luminescence, EPR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations.

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper-second class degree, specialising in Chemistry. Experience of practical synthetic chemistry, especially air-sensitive chemistry (Schlenk lines and glove boxes) would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and working within a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years, starting in around October 2019 (£14,777 p.a. in 2018/19). Due to funding restrictions the studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only.

Informal enquires about the position are welcome to

Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter should describe your research interests and motivation for the proposed project in a short paragraph. Please quote reference number DM_225 in all correspondence; see the application process at:

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