Environmentally Benign Extraction of Precious Metals By Means of Second-Sphere Coordination

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Gold-mining remains one of the most environmentally destructive activities on the planet involving the wide-spread and large-scale use of cyanide. Despite its use having been banned in a few countries, the cyanide-leaching process is still employed to extract more than 80% of the gold mined worldwide. This project will use a relatively benign process based on the lock-and-key fit between a cheap organic host and a gold salt formed by treating ore with a common leaching solution.

The candidate must have a passion for solving scientific questions with real-world impacts, and the ability to think creatively and independently to tackle these questions. The candidate's capacity to develop professional collaborative networks will be essential for their professional development as future research leaders.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in synthetic chemistry, with experience in inorganic and organic synthesis and modern analytical techniques, including NMR spectroscopy. Some experience with X-ray crystallography would be advantageous. 

Supervisory team
Jonathon
Beves

Science
UNSW Sydney
Fraser
Stoddart

Science
Chemistry
Pall
Thordarson

Science
Chemistry
j.beves@unsw.edu.au