Associate Professor in the Field of Food Chemistry and Technology
Université Le Havre Normandie

A PhD position is available in one of the research teams of URCOM (Université Le Havre Normandie-ULHN) and is starting in october 2019 with a 3 year duration.

The team, which is headed by Pr. V. Dalla, has a long-standing interest in N-acyliminium ion chemistry and to a larger extent in electrophilic catalysis. One of its main research topics is now dedicated to the development of organocatalytic and/or synergic catalytic strategies involving cationic intermediates or substrates.

This PhD project aims at expanding the synthetic applicability of a new concept recently developed in our team for the alkynyl group transfer to pro-electrophiles through a synergetic gold-silicon association (TMS-alkynes and LAuX catalyst)[references (a) and (b)]. New and original pro-electrophiles of completely different structures are planned to be investigated so as to probe the potential of the method in the widest way. Opportunities in cascading the alkynyl transfer events with other catalytic processes to rapidly reach molecular complexity in a sustainable fashion will also be explored.

Mechanistic studies towards rationalizing some unexpected and spectacular effects observed recently will be part of the PhD program. Finally, during the course of the thesis there will be collaborative possibilities with the team of Pr. Patrick Pale in LASYROC (Laboratoire de Synthèse Organique, réactivité et Catalyse - University of Strasbourg).


Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

The candidate should hold a master degree in organic chemistry at the start of the position. He/She should have a strong background in organic synthesis and characterization methods (NMR, GC, MS, HPLC, etc). An experience in catalysis and/or handling of sensitive compounds under inert atmosphere will be appreciated.

The expected qualities of the candidate are high motivation for research, a good organization in his/her work, ability to integrate easily and to communicate, independency in research work.

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