Phd Studentship Synthesis, characterization and properties of new “hybrid” molecular materials using 4f and or 3d metalions

The aim of the project is the synthesis of “hybrid” molecular materials exhibiting fluorescence and/or catalytic properties and also serve as Single Molecule Magnets (SMMs). The main focus lays on the discovery of compounds bearing new topologies and displaying extra ordinary magnetic SMM behaviour, but fluorescence and catalytic studies will be carried as well. Homometallic lanthanide compounds are the targeted complexes followed by the synthesis of heterometallic compounds of lanthanides and NiII or CoII. As ligand backbone, molecules bearing napthalene moieties will be employed.

Application deadline: 25th October 2013

Fully funded studentship. Includes fee waiver, stipend and 50 hours teaching as part of the studentship.

Formal applications should be made using our online application system at the Apply button below.

Use 2013-14 entry (Jan 14 start) Please mention Dr Georgios Kostakis as the suggested supervisor in the application. Include a full CV, two references, transcripts and statement of interest.

Applicants should hold qualifications at the level of, or equivalent to, a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK institution

Project enquiries should be sent to Dr Georgios Kostakis (  
Application enquiries should be sent to Dr Deeptima Massey (

References: A) S. Schmidt, D. Prodius, V. Mereacre, G. E. Kostakis, A. K. Powell, Unprecedented Chemical Transformation: Crystallographic Evidence for 1,1,2,2-Tetrahydroxyethane Captured within an Fe6Dy3 Single Molecule Magnet, Chem Commun 2013, 49, 1696.
B) A. B. Canaj, D. I. Tzimopoulos, A. Philippidis, G. E. Kostakis, C. J. Milios, A strongly blue-emitting heptametallic [DyIII7] centered-octahedral single-molecule magnet, Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 7451
C) K. C. Mondal, A. Sundt, Y. Lan, G. E. Kostakis, O. Waldmann, L. Ungur, L. F. Chibotaru, C. E. Anson, A. K Powell, Evidence for Coexistence of Distinct Single-Ion and Exchange-Based Mechanisms for Blocking of Magnetization in a CoII2DyIII2 Single-Molecule Magnet, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 7550.
D) K. C. Mondal, G. E. Kostakis, Y. Lan, W. Wernsdorfer, C. E. Anson, A. K. Powell, Defect-Dicubane Ni2Ln2 (Ln = Dy, Tb) Single Molecule Magnets, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 11604.

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