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Biomimetic water splitting using novel transition metal complexes

Summary of Project

Design of an efficient water splitting catalyst will be aimed in this project to discover environmentfriendly way of hydrogen generation from water. This is one of the most challenging areas of research with its relevance to the potential solution for upcoming fuel crisis. The proposed research will focus on biomimetic design and synthesis of polynuclear mixed valence manganese cluster complexes which will be studied for water splitting catalysis. A large pool of naturally available amino acids and their Schiff-base derivatives will be used as ligands to explore different polynuclear coordination complexes. The synthetic part of this project will mainly focus on synthesis of ligands, and coordination complexes. Characterization will involve the use of different analytical techniques (IR, NMR, UV-Vis), use of gas chromatograph, and X-ray diffractometers (single crystal and powder Xray diffraction).

The student will get high quality training in all these areas, and will be involved in developing new materials for biomimetic water splitting catalysis.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 BSc (Hons.), MChem or MSc in Chemistry, or an equivalent degree; knowledge of crystallisation and computational chemistry would be an advantage.

Supervisors

Title and name:
Dr Sanjit Nayak
Position:
Lecturer in Chemistry
Email address:
Telephone number :
Work+44 (0) 1274 235537
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Title and name:
Dr Colin Seaton
Position:
Lecturer in Chemistry
Email address:
Telephone number :
Work+44 (0) 1274 236185
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