ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Computational chemistryChemistry › Heterogeneous catalysisChemistry › Homogeneous catalysisChemistry › Organic chemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE30/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Cerdanyola del Vallès
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2020
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER860322
This is a joint thesis, half of the work will be conducted in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (co-director Prof. Agustí Lledós), hald in Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany (co-director Prof. Matthias Westerhausen). A secondment period is scheduled with an industrial organization (Italmatch Chemicals, France)
Context: The addition of H-E bonds of amines (hydroamination), phosphanes (hydrophosphanylation), and phosphane oxides (hydrophosphorylation) to multiple bonds (e.g. alkynes) represents an atom-economic reaction that requires a catalyst, usually a noble metal complex. The replacement of these catalysts with nonprecious metals is highly demanded. In the last years it has been proved that s-block metal complexes are able to promote these addition reactions regioselectively with a significantly increased reactivity for heterobimetallic catalysts (e.g. mixed K/Ca complexes). However, stereocontrol as well as steric and electronic control remain challenging tasks.
Objectives: This project is aimed to achieve a substantial advance in the control and the practical applicability of hydroelementation reactions (hydroamination, hydrophosphanylation, and hydrophosphorylation) catalyzed by s-block metal complexes, by combining thorough computational exploration of their mechanism with experimetal work.
Eu MC fellowship. International project development among at least three research centers. Wide international environment.
To be eligible on 1st October 2020 you must:
- be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) or your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree
- not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years
1.- CV + Motivation letter
Recommendation letters (max. 2) will be appreciated.
2.- Selected candidates will be interviewed
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 Sklowdoska-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
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REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
We are looking for a highly motivated graduated student to work at the frontier of organic chemistry, coordination chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and computational modelling. Previous knowledge in organic synthesis as well as DFT calculations would be appreciated. Degree in Chemistry or Materials Science, and a Master in Chemistry will be mainly considered. Master degree must be available at the date of the signature of the grant (1st October 2020).
GOOD ENGLISH LEVEL required for daily and scientific communications (speaking and writing)
EURAXESS offer ID: 498415
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