There are three Ph.D. positions available (for academic year 2018/2019):

GRADUATE PROJECT in Organic Chemistry/Technology

New Selectors for Chiral Stationary Phases

Supervisor: Ing. Jan Storch, Ph.D.
Expert Supervisor: RNDr. Jaroslav Žádný, Ph.D.
Group of Advanced Materials and Organic Synthesis
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i., CZ-165 02 Prague 6

 

Racemic mixtures resolution is playing an important role not only in pharmaceutical industry, but also in the field of material chemistry, for example in optoelectronics. Although there is a plenty of commercially available stationary phases, their selectors are overwhelmingly based on sugar derivatives. New chiral selectors based on natural compounds or on so far unused helically chiral molecules (see the fig.) will be studied within this ambitious postgradual project. The work will be focused not only on design and synthesis of selectors as themselves, but also on preparation of stationary phases, fabrication of functional prototypes of HPLC columns and testing their efficiency on selected model substrates.

 

PGS_stationary phases

 

GRADUATE PROJECT in Organic Chemistry

Polyaromatics-based Functional Layers

Supervisor: Ing. Jan Storch, Ph.D.
Expert Supervisor: RNDr. Jaroslav Žádný, Ph.D.
Group of Advanced Materials and Organic Synthesis
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i., CZ-165 02 Prague 6

 

Polyaromatic hydrocarbons, especially [n]helicenes and [n]phenacenes, exhibit a number of interesting physico-chemical properties. Thanks to them, they can find applications in a wide range of research disciplines, especially in optoelectronics and sensor design. Here, new helices/phenacenes-based materials are applied in the form of thin films. The easy immobilization of these molecules by coating techniques or electropolymerization opens a wide range of potential applications, for example in the construction of optoelectronic devices such as (CPL)-OLEDs/OFETs, or the construction of sensors for biomolecules sensing (see Fig.). Within this ambitious project, new molecules and their layers with the desired properties will be designed, synthesized and later characterized.

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GRADUATE PROJECT in Organic Chemistry

Application of microwave photochemistry on preparation of polyaromatic compounds

Supervisor: Dr. Ing. Vladimír Církva
Group of Advanced Materials and Organic Synthesis
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i., CZ-165 02 Prague 6

 

The project is coupling of two scientific branches: traditional photochemistry and neoteric microwave chemistry, when the effect of UV/Vis and microwave radiation on the chemical and physical properties of molecules is studied. UV radiation is generated quite extraordinary directly by microwave field using the electrodeless discharge lamps.
The aim of the project is a basic research of effect of microwave radiation on the course of cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization of stilbenes and o-terphenyls leading to phenanthrene, triphenylene, phenacene, and helicene derivatives, or to their N- and S-hetero analogues, which can be applied in molecular electronics.

MW project

Církva V.: Microwaves in Photochemistry and Photocatalysis. In book: Microwaves in Organic Synthesis, 3rd Edition, chap. 14. (de la Hoz, A. and Loupy, A., Eds.), pp 563-605, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2012.

 

Required education and skills

  • Master degree (MSc. or equivalent) in organic chemistry or technology;
  • Systematic and creative approach to work;
  • Team work ability;
  • Intermediate knowledge of English;
  • Ability of independent work, creativity, active attitude to work.

We provide:

  • Participation on research within scope of Ph.D. projects
  • Young and dynamically rising workgroup
  • Part-time contract possibility