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Rational Studies of Nickel Catalysis

The project concerns the use of detailed, quantitative studies (physical organic/physical inorganic chemistry) to understand reaction mechanisms and structure/activity relationships in nickel catalysis. This will enable us to design and optimise new and better chemical reactions for organic synthesis

Number of places



26 October 2017


Dependent on funding


Applicants must have good knowledge of organometallic and organic chemistry (e.g. applicants must have BSc II-i or above; experience in synthetic chemistry is desirable)



Project Details

We use detailed quantitative studies to understand key steps in nickel-catalysed reactions. Our recent work has focussed on understanding the oxidative addition step (e.g. Organometallics 2017, 31, 1662; Chem. Eur. J. 2017, In Press). Applicants with an interest in two or more of organic synthesis, physical (in)organic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry should contact David Nelson directly by email. Other, funded, positions may be available but we will always support suitably qualified applicants who can apply for their own PhD funding. Please indicate in your email which schemes you wish to apply to and when the deadline is


David J. Nelson MChem PhD PGDip MRSC FHEA

Chancellor's Fellow and Lecturer in Synthesis & Catalysis

Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry

University of Strathclyde

T: +44 (0)141 548 4383



Number of places

More places available depending on whether funding can be secured.

Contact us

Please contact Dr David Nelson if you require any further information