This PhD opportunity will be based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Please contact Dr Stephen Mansell ([email protected]) for further details.
The Mansell research group are currently looking at two systems that are capable of reactions with some of the least reactive bonds known, specifically C-H (both intra and intermolecular) and C-C (currently intramolecular) bond activation and functionalisation.1 Following on from several publications,2,3 Ru and Rh systems will be investigated to explore the idea of electronic control over C-H activation using Ru phosphinine complexes2 and Rh-NHC catalysts for improving selectivity in catalytic C-H borylation using diboron(4) reagents.3 The PhD student on this project will develop their skills in organometallic chemistry, including high integrity Schlenk line and glovebox techniques, hands-on multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. You will gain useful experience in making and coordinating N-heterocyclic carbene ligands, low valent phosphorus chemistry and the synthesis of precious metal starting materials. To increase our understanding of these reactive systems further, liquid state ultrafast time-resolved studies will also be conducted in collaboration with the group of Prof Dave Townsend (Heriot-Watt University) to give detailed information on the reaction mechanisms of these fascinating complexes. For a general overview of work in the Mansell group, please see: www.mansellresearch.org.uk
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