A PhD project for self-funded students in synthetic supramolecular chemistry is available under the supervision of Dr Nicholas Evans at the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University.
The binding and sensing of ionic species are important for a range of biomedical, environmental and industrial reasons. However, the study of ionic recognition to date has largely focused on the binding and sensing of relatively simple targets such as metal cations and achiral inorganic anions. The preparation of receptor molecules, capable of the recognition of more challenging targets, such as ion pairs or chiral polyatomic anions, presents an exciting challenge to the supramolecular chemist.
The project being advertised here will involve the design, synthesis and study of novel rotaxanes or catenanes that will act as selective hosts of such challenging ionic guest targets. The project will involve rationally designed synthesis to construct the rotaxanes and analytical experiments to determine their ion binding affinities. The student will receive training and gain expertise in both of these areas of practical scientific investigation.
Enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, the ability to learn (by tuition and independently) and possession of excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or good 2:1 UK Masters-level degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry. They must possess synthetic and analytical chemistry skills that would be expected of a graduate with a 1st class or good 2:1 UK Masters-level degree in Chemistry. If the applicant’s first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is also required. Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system. Informal email enquiries prior to making an application are encouraged.
For further information on the research of Dr Nicholas Evans, see here.
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