Research Associate - Supramolecular Catalysis (Fixed Term)

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 07.04.2019



Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2020 in the first instance.

Applications are invited from post-doctoral chemists to work with Professor Oren Scherman in the Department of Chemistry on an EPSRC Programme Grant (NOtCH), on supramolecular catalysis and sensing using cucurbit[n]uril (CB[n]) macrocycles.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and be part of a team of chemists, physics and theoreticians with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise. S/he will contribute to the design and synthesis of target substrates for real-time observation of supramolecular catalysis using the nanoparticle-on-mirror (NPoM) methodology (Nature 2016). Recently, we have shown that CB[n] macrocycles can act as artificial enzymes capable of catalysing Diels¿Alder reactions within their hydrophobic cavity (ACIE 2015, 2017). The candidate will build upon this work with the aim of utilising light to induce and/or control the reactivity of small organic molecules within confined spaces (Nat. Commun. 2017, ACS Photonics 2017, Nano Lett 2019).

Applicants must have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry. They should have a proven track record exemplified by academic publications. Knowledge of supramolecular and/or physical organic chemistry with experience in the preparation of isotope-labelled small molecules would be advantageous. Applicants will be expected to work closely and interactively with colleagues in different disciplines, to have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.

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