STFC - ISIS - Development of catalysts for deuteration - Industrial Placement
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The ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Based within the ISIS, is the ISIS Deuteration Facility is a synthetic chemistry group that synthesise deuterated materials for the ISIS user community. The materials requested are wide ranging, so the synthetic skills of the team are varied. The laboratory has a wide range of synthetic and analytical equipment.
This is an in organic synthetic project focused on developing and optimising chemical deuteration methods. It will be entirely lab based, working in the main deuteration laboratory. The lab has an established track record of providing certain classes of chemical compound (e.g. surfactants, fatty acids etc.) but the dynamic nature of the ISIS User Programme means that new requests for isotopic materials can be far wider ranging, and beyond any current established programmes of work within the group.
This project will develop new catalysts for deuterating a range of compounds. Your work will follow standard practices in the lab, developing and optimising synthetic procedures where appropriate, performing analysis of reaction outcomes and product purity by standard analytical techniques such as NMR and Mass Spectroscopy, and conforming to health and safety requirements through writing and assessing your own activities through COSHH assessment.
Based in the ISIS Deuteration Facility the project will firstly be based on the preparation of ruthenium and iridium catalysts followed by their evaluation for the selective deuteration of simple organic molecules. The project will then expand into investigating the effect on deuteration outcome from different catalysts (heterogenous / homogenous), catalyst combinations and catalyst loadings. You will be responsible for the day to day running of your project, maintaining laboratory notebooks and associated COSHH and risk assessments. This is a synthetic project and will involve general techniques for reactions, workups and purification. You will also be responsible for analysing the outcome of your reactions with standard analytical equipment (NMR, IR, GCMS, LCMS).
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Ideally you will have some experience of synthetic practical’s as part of your university degree, with some knowledge of COSHH and risk assessments. A working understanding of NMR and Mass Spectroscopy would be advantageous, but not essential.
You should be enthusiastic and keen to learn new techniques. Whilst some of this project is known, the later work will require method development so the ability to adapt to a changing work plan is essential.
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Development of catalysts for deuteration - Industrial Placement - IRC250889
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