Advanced magnetic materials with radicals

Synthesis of advanced electronic and magnetic materials using organic radicals

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



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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. [1]  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.[2]

[1] Polym. Chem., 2021, 12, 2786  

[2] Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 3651

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Becky Fuller


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 $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • 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.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

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

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Becky Fuller to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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