Molecular synthesis

Each year the School of Chemistry welcomes applicants who have secured funding from external sponsors, or who are self-funded.

We have an extensive list of projects that are available. Details for each project can be obtained by contacting the member of academic staff directly. Please state which project(s) you would like to be considered for on your application form.

Professor Thomas Wirth

  • Development of New Hypervalent Iodine Reagents.
  • Iodine-based Catalysis for Drug Synthesis.
  • Microreactor Technology under segmented-flow conditions.
  • Flow Electrochemistry for the Green Synthesis of Heterocycles.
  • 3D - Printing of New Reactors for Flow Chemistry.

Further information about Professor Wirth's research can be found via the Wirth Research Group blog.

Professor Davide Bonifazi

  • Synthesis and supramolecular chemistry of heteroatom-doped (O, S, Se, Te and BN) polyaromatic hydrocarbons for applications in optoelectronic devices.
  • Synthesis of programmed artificial antennas for photosynthetic applications.
  • Triggering cellular assemblies with programmed artificial molecular recognition.
  • Endohedral functionalisation of carbon nanotubes for biotechnological and catalytic applications.

Further information about Professor Bonifazi's research can be found via this recent news story.

Dr Simon Pope

  • Development of luminescent complexes for bioimaging applications.
  • Development of hybrid materials for luminescent applications.

Dr Angelo Amoroso

  • Development of highly fluorescent lanthanide complexes.
  • Design and synthesis of MRI contrast agents.

Dr Duncan Browne

  • Development of dual catalytic reactions employing metal free Photoredox catalysis.
  • Merging Renewable Iron catalysis with Microwave Irradiation for the synthesis of drug-like scaffolds.
  • Development of catalytic multistep flow processes for C-H bond functionalization.

Further information about Professor Brown's research can be found via this recent news story.

Dr Niklaas Buurma

  • Micelle-assisted transition metal-catalysed reactions.

Dr Ian Fallis

  • Immuno-histochemical imaging and applications in clinical pathology.
  • Synthesis and coordination chemistry of macrocyclic ligands and polydentate Lewis acids.

Dr Rebecca Melen

  • Main group catalyst design including tuning the steric and electronic effects of the Lewis acid.
  • Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) chemistry.
  • Metal-free hydrogenation catalysis.

Dr Louis Morrill

  • Design of Novel Organocatalysts for Organic Synthesis
  • Utilising Neglected Substrates in Organocatalytic Processes
  • Synergistic Organocatalysis
  • Organocatalysis in Flow
  • The Productive Merger of Organocatalysis with Transition Metal Catalysis and Biocatalysis
  • Borrowing Hydrogen Dual Catalysis
  • Frustrated Lewis Pairs for Small Molecule Activation

Dr Paul Newman

  • Fused expanded-ring NHCs in coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.
  • Development of stereogenic-at-metal complexes for asymmetric catalysis
  • Novel ligand frameworks for the construction of multimetallic systems

Dr Benjamin Ward

  • Asymmetric catalysis using environmentally benign calcium complexes.
  • Polymerisation catalysis using Earth-abundant catalysts.
  • Polymers containing CO2: benign polymers from abundant feedstocks.
  • Asymmetric catalysis using aluminium complexes.

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