PhD & MSc Scholarships: Synthesis of Carbon-rich Molecular Materials

Department of Chemistry, University of Otago, and 
MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

 

 

 

 

 

New carbon-rich molecular materials, based on well-defined nanographenes and other novel polyaromatic architectures, will be rationally synthesised to better understand structure-property relationships. Of particular interest is the tuning of electronic/optical properties, the development of conical container molecules for supramolecular chemistry, and exploring the correlation between molecular and bulk structure towards porous organic frameworks. The projects will involve a major component of organic synthesis, combined with characterisation of the structure and properties of resultant materials, both in-house, and with collaborators within the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and internationally.

A successful PhD scholarship applicant will have a BSc (Honours) or MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, and an excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge and experience in organic/organometallic synthesis, purification, and characterisation techniques such as NMR is essential. The tenure of the PhD scholarship is for three years, with a Marsden-funded stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum, in addition to course fees. It is desired that a successful candidate will take up the position as soon as possible. Applications from international as well as domestic students are welcomed. Review of applications will continue until available positions are filled.

A successful MSc scholarship applicant will have a BSc, BSc(Honours) or PGDipSci degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, and an excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge and experience in organic/organometallic synthesis, purification, and characterisation techniques such as NMR is desirable. The thesis-year scholarship includes a MacDiarmid Institute-funded stipend of NZ$20,000 per annum, in addition to course fees (domestic student level). It is desired that a successful candidate will take up the position as soon as possible. Review of applications will continue until available positions are filled.

Applications should be sent to:

Assoc. Prof. Nigel Lucas

Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin
New Zealand

nigel.lucas@otago.ac.nz.

Please include a full CV, names/contact details of at least two referees, and an academic transcript (if available).