Sustainable Catalysis Using Non-Metals

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences


This research program will illustrate new design strategies to synthesise ambiphilic molecules that contain both electrophilic (Lewis acidic) and nucleophilic (Lewis basic) sites that may be employed as catalysts (known as Frustrated Lewis Pairs).

This new route will offer a modular design to develop main group catalysts that may surpass the activity of previously reported. The innovative synthetic approaches will enable the one-pot syntheses of complex (in)organic structures which is anticipated to be widely recognised. This project will provide state-of-the-art approaches to synthesise FLPs and the compounds generated will be tested in metal-free catalytic hydrogenation, carbon dioxide utilisation and C-H activation reactions.

What is funded

This PhD post is open to self funded Home, EU and International students.


We require applicants to have a 2.2 BSc or equivalent to be considered for PhD study.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with a start date of 2020/2021.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select the ‘self-funding’ option and specify that you are applying for the Sustainable Catalysis Using Non-Metals project.


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