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Postgraduate research project

Dual-function reagents in organic synthesis

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Carboxylation is a fundamental reaction in organic chemistry. We are heading a program for developing novel reagents for carboxylation reactions. These reagents are described as dual-function reagents as they can perform multiple roles in the reaction. The advantage of our dual-function reagents is that they avoid specialized equipment and sensitive or hazardous reagents. These reagents also display unique reactivity.

The project will begin with a focus on carboxylation chemistry but will provide you with an opportunity to express your creativity in other areas of organic synthesis, such as sulfur chemistry and amide bond formation. You will also gain experience in isotope labelling with an aim to develop collaborations with experts from academia and industry.

You will acquire skills in synthetic organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Within this, you will work with a range of technologies and analytical techniques such as:

  • photochemistry
  • electrochemistry
  • NMR
  • CV
  • UV-Vis
  • kinetic analysis
  • computational techniques

You will be encouraged to present your research at both national and international conferences. We are a young team looking to build a friendly and supportive work environment. We look forward to welcoming someone who is excited to join us during the early stages of our journey.

Lead supervisor:

Dr Gregory Perry


David Harrowven, Professor of Chemistry