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PhD Scholarship in the Controlled Self-assembly of Arrays of Communicating Metal Ions: Potential Nanocomponents

Associate Professor Sally Brooker

Applications are invited for a three year PhD Scholarship for the Marsden funded project
"Controlled self-assembly of arrays of communicating metal ions: potential nanocomponents". The successful candidate will have, or expect to obtain, a good B.Sc. Honours or M.Sc. degree or equivalent in chemistry. The scholarship is NZ$20,000 pa. Fees are covered for residents of New Zealand, Australia, Germany and France. Students from other countries are also encouraged to apply ASAP as they may be eligible for a University of Otago Division of Sciences Tuition Fees Scholarship in which case their fees would be covered. A start date as soon as possible is desirable.

Our interest is in the self-assembly of supramolecules from man small carefully designed
components, focussing in particular on the self-assembly of functional grid-type complexes as these have potential to be developed as, for example, nano-switch components due to their magnetic and/or redox properties.

We have shown that a single supramolecule assembles in a single self-correcting step from many components which contain the information necessary to control the assembly process (1, Lan et al. (2003), Chem. Eur. J., 3772, and front cover feature) and that the assembly of a given set of components can be directed by controlling the exact reaction conditions employed (2, Hausmann et al., (2003), Chem. Commun., 2992).  In developing these exciting leads further the successful candidate will join an experienced team and will develop skills in a range of areas, from organic and inorganic synthesis through to appropriate characterization techniques.

Specific enquiries and application may be directed to:

Associate Professor Sally Brooker
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 479 7919
F ax: +64 3 479 7906

Include in your application a resume, possible start date and the names, addresses and contact details of at least two scientific referees.

Information about Associate Professor Brooker’s research is available from