The Organometallic Chemistry of Coordinated Nitrogen

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The production of ammonia (NH3) from atmospheric nitrogen is one of the world’s most significant industrial processes. Ammonia is used primarily in agricultural fertilizers. About 48% of the world’s food production relies on ammonia. About 5% of the world’s natural gas supply is consumed by the process that produces ammonia. About 1-2% of the world’s total energy usage is used in the production of ammonia.
The successful Scientia PhD scholar would be focused on the design and development of new metal catalysts that bind and activate nitrogen and allow the production of ammonia efficiently at near-ambient temperatures and pressures.

The ideal candidate would have

  1. an Honours-1 qualification (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry;
  2. a demonstrated capacity/potential for research excellence; 
  3. demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing;
  4. demonstrated laboratory skills and proficiency in laboratory-based techniques in synthetic organic and/or inorganic chemistry including spectroscopic techniques (1H, 13C and multinuclear NMR; IR);
  5. a solid background in basic organic/inorganic/organometallic chemistry;
  6. desirable to have experience handling air sensitive compounds.
Supervisory team
Leslie
Field

Science
Chemistry
Graham
Ball

Science
Chemistry
Suzanne
Neville

Science
Chemistry
hsiu.li@unsw.edu.au