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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Copolymerization

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

Location: Oxford
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th November 2021
Closes: 6th December 2021
Job Ref: 154113

Location: Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Research Laboratory, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TA
Salary Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalyts for Carbon Dioxide Copolymerization to work under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Williams for a period of up to 2 years. The post is funded through Professor Williams EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (Switchable Polymer Manufacturing Delivering Sustainable Products). 

Find out more about the Williams groups at:  https: Williams group

Research builds upon recent successes in developing new catalysts for carbon dioxide copolymerization and switchable catalysts which selectively enchain monomer mixtures. 1-3 The Catalysts targets are heterobimetallic complexes comprising combinations of metals from Groups 1,2,13 with first row transition metals. 1-3 Research will focus on the synthesis of highly active and controlled polymerization catalysts, particularly using combinations of alkylene oxide/carbon dioxide. A range of techniques including catalyst structure-activity studies, characterization of catalytic intermediates and use of operando spectroscopy techniques will be used to determine the polymerization kinetics and to develop mechanistic hypotheses. The new catalysts will also be tested using other heteroallene/heterocycle alternating copolymerization and for switchable catalysis using mixtures of monomers. 4,5.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry or Coordination Chemistry or a related area (or be close to completion) prior to taking up your appointment. You must have expertise in inorganic complex synthesis using anaerobic techniques and methods. You will have experience of homogeneous catalysis, using metals from Groups 1, 2, 13 and/or first row transition metal centres. Experience of polymerization catalysis and/or kinetic analyses would be an advantage but is not essential.

You will be expected to manage your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.

You will be trained in all aspects of reaction analysis and in polymer characterization – working cooperatively with other group members to rapidly apply new catalyst developments to polymer application development. You will also be trained to use the group’s custom built reactors, in situ spectroscopic methods and specialised polymer characterization equipment. They will help to supervise a small-team of postgraduate students working in polymerization catalysis and inorganic chemistry. The project may involve collaboration with the Future of Plastics programme at Oxford and with external partners, including a group of companies.

The post will be based in the Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Research Laboratory and is available from 1 December 2021.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Candidates are kindly requested not to upload any additional documents to support your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday, Monday 6 December 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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