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The University of Southampton

PhD Studentship: "Synthesis of Dihydrogen Endofullerenes”

Published: 19 May 2011

(available to UK/EU nationals only)

Prof. Richard Whitby, Chemistry, University of Southampton, UK.

We are seeking an academically excellent, bright, motivated individual to join the Whitby group as a PhD student. The project involves the synthesis of functionalised fullerenes (mainly C60) containing guest molecules or atoms (such as H2 and 3He) within the cage. The molecules synthesised will be used for both for fundamental studies on quantum effects, and for novel NMR experiments that may have biomedical applications. The project involves challenging target oriented organic synthesis with ample opportunity to develop new methodology.

The position is part of a collaboration “Magnetic Resonance of Dihydrogen Endofullerenes” with Prof. Malcolm Levitt and Dr Marina Carravetta in Chemistry. In the later stages of the PhD there will be an active role in carrying out solid-state NMR experiments. The multidisciplinary nature of the project will provide an excellent training environment for learning a variety of new skills.

The candidate should have a keen interest in organic synthesis and its use to make molecules with useful physical properties. An interest in spectroscopy, particularly NMR would be an advantage.

For informal enquiries related to this project contact Prof. Richard Whitby by email (

For application details contact Mrs Chun Borodzicz, Postgraduate Admissions Administrator, at

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