Synthesis of small magnetic molecules

Synthesis of advanced materials based on Single Molecular Magnets; the next generation of molecular devices

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

18 July 2022

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

The development of the next generation of molecular devices for quantum computing, ultra high density storage and spintronics is a rapidly evolving field. Single molecular magnets, based on coordination complexes represent ideal candidates for these applications. This project will develop new strategies to overcome the current limitations in properties.  Specifically, new transition metal and lanthanoid based complexes will be synthesised.  With the focus on ensuring strong magnetic coupling between the metal centres using radical ligands. In addition to synthesising new magnetic molecules this project will also create new strategies for the direct synthesis of specific radical species. Developing new methodology towards improving the accessibility of under-utilised examples.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Rebecca Fuller

Funding

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.

Eligibility

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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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 desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Synthetic organic/organometallic/inorganic chemistry skills, including experience with chromatographic purification techniques
  • Experience with Structural characterisation techniques, such as NMR spectroscopy

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 Rebecca 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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