24 September 2021
About the research project
Organic radicals are materials with unpaired electrons that display magnetic and electrical properties akin to those using metals. This project will focus on the development of a number of new stable radical systems. Introducing an unpaired electron into the backbone of a polymer results in a material suitable for use in electronics. Organic batteries, have a smaller environmental impact than a traditional batteries and are non-toxic. However, these systems are difficult to produce, because of the inherent instability of the unpaired electron. There are a few examples of stable radical molecules. The nitroxides and nitronyl nitroxide have been widely investigated as redox batteries. Another nitrogen rich molecule, the verdazyl has been less widely research. Although discovered in the 1960s these materials have been underutilised, likely a result of not being commercially available and traditionally being prepared from highly hazardous or restricted substances. Recently we have focused on the development of new safer methods to produce verdazyls and determined through electrochemical studies that they can act as a battery. Projects can involve the development of these molecules and other stable radicals such as N-hetrocyclic carbenes into electrodes for batteries.  In addition to electronic applications, these systems also are well suited to being developed into quantum bits (qubits) for big data storage and ensuring unbreakable encryption. The unpaired electrons have been shown to create strong magnetic interactions between metal centres a suitable candidate for the next generation of computers.
 Polym. Chem., 2021, 12, 2786
 Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 3651
Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:
- a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
- a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
- a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.
As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.
The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.
Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.
Applicants from are variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.
The project is competitively assessed and awarded. Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.
Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate research and analytical skills
There is a three-step application process:
- Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
- Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Becky Fuller, if you have any questions about the project; and
- Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
- Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
- As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.
Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.