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Sustainable Catalysis Using Non-Metals


Research Field
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.

Supervisor Dr Rebecca Melen -


What is funded

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


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

If English is not your first language that you must fulfil our English Language criteria before the start of your studies. Details of accepted English Language qualifications for admissions can be found here

How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application - and state the project title and supervisor name.


Organisation name
Cardiff University
Organisation Country
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