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Reference : UPR2301-LUCNEU-001
Workplace : GIF SUR YVETTE
Date of publication : Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Dr Geraldine Masson
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
Visible-light, by a definition an abundant and cheap source of energy, has recently emerged as key for the development of outstandingly sustainable catalytic chemical processes. Despite the numerous synthetic applications, which have been achieved so far, implementing this strategy in an asymmetric fashion remains an important challenge. In this particular context, the PhD project proposes to study new classes of visible-light sensitive chiral organocatalyst.
Design of the initial new photocatalyst will be made such as to introduce the chiral source in close proximity of the photoreactif center and to take advantage of a dual activation. These new catalysts will be tested in unprecedented photocatalyzed-enantioselective transformations involving the activation of very poor electrophilic functions and undescribed in organocatalysis.
The «Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles» is a research CNRS-specific Unit whose activity is focused on chemistry and natural product at the chemical-biological interface. It is part of the Paris-Saclay University, which since 2015, brings together research and teaching establishments in southern Paris. The ICSN is located on the Gif-sur-Yvette campus and host around 125 agents, including 76 permanent staff spread over 3 buildings. Within the Department of Organic Synthesis and Catalytic Methods the recruited agent will join the team "Photocatalysis and organocatalysis with efficient reactivity (Power)” consisting of 3 researcher and 6 temporal/ doctoral students. He / she will be placed under the hierarchical authority of the team leader. The agent will work directly with Dr Geraldine Masson and Dr Luc Neuville and collaborate with the associated team.
Constraints and risks
The safety conditions will be that expected for an establishment whose activity is linked to organic chemistry.
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