PhD Studentships - Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
Project: Novel Transition Metal-Catalyzed Methods for Organic Synthesis
Applications are invited for a Ph.D. studentships available to start in August 2020 (Fall 2020) at the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University, Newark, USA working on Synthetic Organic Chemistry & Transition Metal Catalysis under the supervision of Prof. Michal Szostak.
The student will receive extensive training in organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry in new laboratories housed in the Olson Hall. The student will gain expertise in small and large-scale synthesis, inert gas techniques (Schlenk, glove box), design, optimization and validation of reaction conditions, analysis techniques (NMR, GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC), mechanistic, kinetic studies, X-ray crystallography.
Students in the Szostak group regularly publish research papers in top organic chemistry journals (Angew. Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Catal., Nat. Commun.). On average, each student publishes >2 papers/year (check: http://szostakgroup.com/publications ).
Send your CV, together with a covering letter and contact details of three academic referees to Prof. Szostak at firstname.lastname@example.org GRE and TOEFL scores are required for application. (GRE can be taken after the initial application). Candidates with high TOEL (initial score around 80) will receive preference. IELTS scores (6.0 or higher) can be used instead of TOEFL. Applications from candidates with Masters degree in organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry are preferred. The deadline for applications is 15th March 2020. However, please, send your application as soon as possible for full consideration. Candidates who have already published research papers will receive preference.
The studentship covers fees and an annual stipend. All projects are in the hot-topic areas (N–C activation, C-O activation, C–H activation, visible light photoredox catalysis, NHC-transition metal catalysis). For some background information on recent work by Prof. Szostak see:
-J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 14473 (the first graphene-catalyzed alkylation)
-Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 14518. (the first Heck reaction of amides).
-Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016 55, 6959. (Biaryl coupling, Highlighted in Synfacts, 2016, 12, 731).
-ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 4755. (Ru-catalysis, one of the most accessed papers in ACS Catal., in June 2016)
-ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 7335. (Cooperative catalysis, Highlighted in Synfacts, 2017, 13, 84)
-Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 6525. (the first RT amide and ester activation, Highlighted in Synfacts, 2017, 13, 1189)
-Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 12718. (the first phosphorylation of amides, Hot Paper).
- J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 727 (the first fully twisted acyclic twisted amides)
-Acc. Chem. Res., 2018, 51, 2589. (personal account of N-C and O-C activation).
-J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 11161. (N-C and O-C activation in unactivated amides/esters).
-Chem. Rev., 2020, 120, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00634. (the first account of NHCs in C-H activation).
The Chemistry Department at The State University of New Jersey, features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment (http://chemistry.rutgers.edu/ ), and is located in a vibrant Newark campus at the heart of metropolitan New York area (15 min to Manhattan and Newark airport). The Szostak labs are located in a brand-new LSC-II building (opened in Nov 2017, https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/tags/lsc-ii ).
Prof. Michal Szostak
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