Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
The School of Chemistry has a selection of research project opportunities, available for PhD students across a range of research areas.
Research in the Inorganic and Materials Chemistry section spans all areas of the subject including fundamental studies of crystallisation processes, studies on the origins of life, development of switchable materials, nanochemistry, discovery and development of new catalysts for small molecule and materials synthesis and the discovery of new inorganic pharmaceuticals.
Our research strengths lie in the areas of:
The study of weak interactions between molecules, and the assembly of small molecular components into larger structures. This encompasses synthetic chemistry and surface chemistry.
Using additives or moulds to control of the growth of inorganic materials can afford single crystals with curved faces, pores and other unnatural morphologies. There is also strong interest in molecule-based crystal chemistry, where molecular components are assembled into switchable materials or topologically novel network structures.
New approaches for nanoparticle functionalisation are leading to fluorescent sensors for the detection of biological pathogens at the single molecule level, and to novel drug delivery systems. We are also engaged in the custom synthesis of nm single crystals with defined shapes and, the synthesis and chemistry of nm-sized molecular capsules.
Covering the discovery and development of new organometallic anti-cancer drugs; studies of prebiotic chemistry, to elucidate how a phosphate-based biochemistry could have evolved under the reducing atmosphere of the early earth; construction of functional DNA-based devices and sensors and mechanistic studies of biomineralisation processes.
Including catalytic polymer synthesis and asymmetric phospho-transfer catalysis by Lewis acidic metal centres.
Coordination and organometallic chemistry
Much of this research involves the synthesis and characterisation of new metal complexes. The metals used span most of the periodic table, including the early and late transition series, main group elements and the f -block.
For further details please visit the School of Chemistry website.
Postgraduate research information
Postgraduate Admissions Office
School of Chemistry
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
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