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The Productive Merger of the Borrowing Hydrogen Principle with Organocatalysis

Please note that this is a self-funded project.

We invite applications for self-funded students wishing to perform research towards a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Dr Louis C. Morrill at Cardiff University.


This project will involve utilizing both synthetic and mechanistic approaches to discover and investigate new organocatalytic reactions. The development of dual catalytic systems, where organocatalysis is merged with transition metal catalysis, will result in highly efficient, one-pot methods to access valuable stereodefined heterocyclic products from simple starting materials, representing progress towards sustainable chemistry.

This is a burgeoning area of synthetic organic chemistry and truly represents a great opportunity for highly motivated graduate students.

A highly motivated and dedicated student will gain a thorough training in synthetic organic chemistry and be rewarded with a highly stimulating project that will shape the future of this exciting new research program.

Academic criteria

Eligible candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class B.Sc. degree (2:1) or equivalent in chemistry. Applications are particularly welcome from students with experience in organic synthesis and/or organometallic chemistry.

If English is not your first language that you must fulfil our English Language criteria before the start of your studies. Accepted English Language qualifications for admissions.

How to apply

To apply for this post please make an online application for a PhD in Chemistry, clearly stating the project title and Dr Louis C. Morrill as the supervisor.

Interested applicants should provide details of their qualifications, including a CV and a brief covering letter outlining their motivation and experience for the position. A formal application must be submitted to be considered.

Applications are accepted all year round and is open to self funded Home, EU and International students.


Louis Morrill

Dr Louis Morrill

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+44 (0)29 2087 5840

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