EPSRC PhD in Chemistry: the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis

Key facts

Application deadline 14 December 2018
Start date 1 January 2019
Duration 3.5 years
Funding body EPSRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

This PhD will explore the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis.

This research project will illustrate new design strategies to synthesise ambiphilic molecules that contain both electrophilic (Lewis acidic) and nucleophilic (Lewis basic) sites that may be employed as catalysts in catalytic hydrogenation, dehydrocoupling, cyclisation, hydrosilylation, hydroboration and carbon dioxide utilisation reactions.

These new routes will offer a modular design to develop main group catalysts that should surpass the activity of those previously reported.

Supervisors

  • Dr Rebecca Melen

    Dr Rebecca Melen

    Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Contact

Dr Rebecca Melen

Dr Rebecca Melen

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Email:
melenr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9667

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Candidates should hold a 2.1 or higher Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry.

The successful candidate will also preferably have experience in organic synthesis.

Contact

Dr Rebecca Melen

Dr Rebecca Melen

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Email:
melenr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9667

Candidates should apply to the PhD in Chemistry with an January 2019 start date by the deadline.

In the 'Research Proposal and Funding' section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select 'No, I am not self-funding my research' when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add 'EPSRC PhD in Chemistry: the synthesis of new small molecules containing Lewis acidic and basic sites for metal-free catalysis' when asked 'Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for'.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • two referees

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Dr Rebecca Melen

Dr Rebecca Melen

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Email:
melenr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9667
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