Distal Heavy Atom Effects on the Q-Band of Boron Sub (porphyrazine) dyes PhD

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
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Start date:
01 July 2018
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Application deadline:
June 2018



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Project detail

Boron sub (porphyrazine) dyes have a unique bowl-like structure and optical properties dominated by an intense low-energy absorption. These molecules are related to boron sub(phthalocyanine) dyes which have found use as acceptors in organic solar cells, photodynamic therapies and non-linear optical materials.

This project will encompass the synthesis of new boron based dyes featuring peripheral heavy atoms in order to study the influence of these large atoms on the dyes optical and electrochemical properties and to ascertain their suitability for incorporation into functional supramolecular assemblies and optoelectronic devices.

Applicants will be required to have a good knowledge of practical organic or organometallic synthetic chemistry alongside experience of running absorption/emission spectroscopy and electrochemical experiments or the desire to learn how to perform these measurements.


Primary supervisor:  Dr Iain A Wright

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry. A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: organic synthetic chemistry, organometallic chemistry.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Chemistry. Please quote reference number: CM/IAW-1/2017