Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

DPhil opportunity with Professor Dermot O’Hare

Development of organo-layered double hydroxides nanocomposites for self-healing polymer synthesis

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from October 2020 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Development of organo-layered double hydroxides nanocomposites for self-healing polymer synthesis”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Layered double hydroxides (LDHs), also known as hydrotalcites, exhibit rich solid-state chemistry since both the composition of the metal layers and the intercalated anions can be varied. They have captured much attention in recent years due to their impact across a range of applications such as catalysis, optics, medical science and in inorganic-organic nanocomposites. Recently, we have reported the synthesis of a new family of dispersible, hydrophobic LDHs exhibiting very high surface areas and pore volume.

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation and testing of new layered double hydroxides nanocomposites and application in self-healing polymers.

The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in chemical synthesis, solid-state chemistry and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in nanocomposites synthesis would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,009 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 24th January 2020

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/LDH/2020

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: jean-charles.buffet@chem.ox.ac.uk. For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil opportunity with Professor Dermot O’Hare

Bifunctional catalysts to synthesise polymers derived from renewable feedstocks.

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from October 2020 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Bifunctional catalysts to synthesise polymers derived from renewable feedstocks”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Polymeric materials that are derived from abundant bio-derived natural feedstocks and atmospheric pollutants such as CO2 are exciting alternatives to polyolefins which are derived from non-renewable petrochemical feedstocks and can play a role in a sustainable circular economy; their versatile properties enable use in a diverse range of applications. In polymeristion chemistry, metal-metal cooperativity has been reported to allow for enhanced activity, comonomer incorporation, tacticity control and molecular weight, improved tolerance to polar functional groups, as well as modified chain transfer kinetics and regiochemical preferences.

This studentship will involve synthesis and characterisation of new bimetallic complexes and investigation into their use as catalysts for polymers derived from renewable feedstocks.

The candidate is expected to have a strong knowledge of organometallic chemical synthesis and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in polymerisation chemistry would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,009 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 24th January 2020

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/Organometallic/2020

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: jean-charles.buffet@chem.ox.ac.uk. For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.