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Postdocs

If you are interested in postdoctoral opportunities when there are no current positions in the group then please email Professor O’Hare directly and send a copy of your CV.

When posts are advertised they can also be found here or here or on jobs.ac.uk.  

Graduate Students

We have two fully funded studentships for October 2019:

Applications are invited for a D.Phil position in Inorganic Chemistry, for three and half years, available from October 2019 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Synthesis of supported permethylindenyl zirconocene catalysts for ethylene polymerisation”. This studentshipis funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Polyethylene is the most widely used polyolefin with a global production in 2011 of over 75 million tons per year. Innovation in both the synthesis and the properties of polyethylene is still at the forefront in both industry and academia. Using supported metallocene catalysts is an important and growing component in polyethylene production.

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation of new permethylindenylorganometallic complexes followed by formation of solid catalysts and their use in variouspolyethylene applications. The project will involve the synthesis of oxygen and moisture sensitive organometallic compounds and the study of their properties and function as effective solid catalysts.

The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in chemical synthesis, structural characterisation, to be skilled in oxygen- and moisture- sensitive organometallic compound synthesis and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in solid state chemistry would be an advantage. The candidate should also have II:1 or above in their first degree or higher degree in Chemistry, or a related science discipline. 

 

Applications are invited for a D.Phil position in Inorganic Chemistry, for three and half years, available from October 2019 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 new applications of layered double hydroxide”. 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, nearly two orders of magnitude higher than conventional LDHs. 

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation and testing of new layered double hydroxides for a range of applications. 

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 catalysis would be an advantage. The candidate should also have II:1 or above in their first degree or higher degree in Chemistry, or a related science discipline

 

Further information on graduate opportunities in chemistry can be found here and here. Information of funding for international students can be found here. Information on how to apply for places at Oxford can be found here.

Students usually start their D.Phil in October. Sources of funding usually last for between three and three and a half years.

 

If you are interested in joining  or finding out more about opportunities at the CoE please contact Professor O’Hare or Melisa Holloway.

http://scgcoe.chem.ox.ac.uk/opportunities.aspx