Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Immobilization of NHC’s ligands in Janus Dendrimers. Catalysis in green solvents.

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    The University of Warsaw, Poland
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    19/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw
    Spain › Barcelona
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

We offer an interesting work in a young, dynamically developing teams, under the guidance of world-class specialists. Familiarisation with modern methods of conducting chemical reactions, as well as the process of commercialization of research results. Three-month secondment in industry and three-month secondment in Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (Toulouse, France). Participation in congresses related to developed chemistry and in training INT network meetings.

Project description: Preparation of phosphorus Janus dendrimers as support for NHC-based catalysts for metathesis reactions in different media, mostly polar, green solvents. The incorporation of polyoxyethylenated chains in the macromolecules will provide water solubility, and polyfluorinated chains will allow catalysis in supercritical CO2, enabling the catalysis to be performed in green solvents. Several generations of dendrimers will be prepared and the dendritic effect on the activity and selectivity of catalytic moieties will be analysed.

The successful candidate will become a PhD student in Doctoral School located in the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw which is a large research and teaching centre. Project will be located in Biological and Chemical Research Centre (CNBCh) which is dedicated to scientists conducting advanced research of great scientific importance, whose results are used in the development of new technologies in the fields of energetics, analytics, pharmaceuticals, medicine, biotechnology, new materials, conservation of environment and cultural heritage. The laboratories at CNBCh are fully equipped with state-of-the art hardware and glassware for organometallic chemistry and CNBCh is very well equipped with modern analytical instruments which are operated by very highly trained personnel.

The UAB, located in Barcelona, Spain, is a new University founded in 1968, today has more than 41.000 students (> 6.000 foreign students) and 3.900 researchers and teaching staff. It offers 105 Degrees in different disciplines, 141 Official Masters, 133 Own Master, and 297 other postgraduate Diplomas and courses. It offers 68 Doctorate Programs (27 of excellence recognised by the government). 541 PhD Thesis were presented in 2017-2018. In the 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the UAB is the second Spanish university, occupying position 157 in the world ranking. In Europe, the UAB ranks among the Top 100 (69th position). The group of the UAB has four full equipped laboratories for 16 researchers to perform synthetic work (high vacuum lines, Schlenk techniques, MBRAUN globe box, high pressure reactors, hydrogenation lines), photochemical (lasers and irradiation lamps, photochemical reactors, a UV-vis absorption spectrophotometer, a spectrofluorometer, a transient absorption spectrophotometer, a fluorescence microscope) and electrochemical studies (potentiostats, electrodes, electrochemical cells, Faraday cage) and polymer characterization (gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis). The group benefits from the regional (CSUC) and national (BSC-RES) supercomputing facilities. UAB offers services covering analysis, microscopy and NMR techniques (http://www.uab.cat/serveis-cientifico-tecnics/), International Welcome Point, International office and finance department; seven Libraries and free digital access to most scientific journals.

Key responsibilities: The PhD student will work on synthesis of ruthenium complexes supported on Janus dendrimers and their utilisation in olefin metathesis reactions in polar solvents, mainly in water and its mixtures as well as in supercritical CO2. His or her tasks will include the selection of an appropriate catalyst and the optimisation of the reaction conditions to achieve the highest possible yield and selectivity. The PhD student will write reports in English of his/her results and will present oral communications or posters in congresses and INT network meetings. His/her participation in writing articles will be required. Moreover, the PhD student will participate in a 3 months stage in an industrial organization and 3 months stay in Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination. PhD student must participate in doctorate activities of both Universities.


Health insurance and social benefits.

Eligibility criteria

This thesis will be part of an International Training Network (ITN) and more specifically a European Joint Doctorate (EJD), funded by the European Commission through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA), entitled "Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis" (CCIMC). This programme involves 15 joint theses. You are encouraged to consider all these thesis projects, to be consulted on the ITN-EJD website www.ccimc.eu.

At University of Warsaw it is required that all PhD students have to be a participant of Doctoral School. Based on this requirement a successful candidate will be obligated to apply to this School (the next recruitment to the Doctoral School is planned for June 2020). This additional recruitment is independent of the employment procedure.

To allow us to process your data, please include the Consent clause on the processing of personal data in your application.

Selection process

We reserve the right to inform and invite only selected candidates to an interview. In case a candidate does not sign the contract due to resignation, we reserve the right to choose another candidate from the ranking list.

Additional comments

Submission (in one pdf file named in a format surname_name.pdf) to email addresses:

karol.grela@gmail.com, in copy to rosamaria.sebastian@uab.es.

In the subject line of your email please place: CCIMC Student Surname Name.

For more details about the position please visit: www.karolgrela.eu and www.ccimc.eu

Offer Requirements

    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


  • Knowledge of organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry

  • Experience in organometallic synthesis

  • Knowledge of analytical techniques utilised in organic chemistry (NMR, MS, IR)

  • Good knowledge of English

  • Fast learning ability

Specific Requirements

  • Required documents: CV, Cover letter, Contact data to at least one person who can provide us with letter of recommendation, Consent clause on the processing of personal data.

  • On 1st October 2020, the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research career and has not been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • On 1st October 2020, she/he must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
The University of Warsaw
Żwirki i Wigury 101
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Plaça Cívica, 08193 Bellaterra

EURAXESS offer ID: 498166


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