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Tailor-made polymers for electrosynthesis

The project includes synthesizing and characterizing novel polymeric electrocatalysts for energy-uphill, reductive electrocatalytic reactions. You will learn about the design and the synthesis of electron- and cation-transporting conjugated polymers with hydrophilic side chains [1, 2]. The goal of the project is to explore the role of the chemical composition of the polymer on the activity and selectivity of electrochemical reductive reactions. 

[1] Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 13066 [link]

[2] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143 (36), 14795–14805 [link]

What you will learn from us:

  • Polymerization techniques (CH-activation, cross-coupling reactions)

  • Purification methods

  • State-of-the-art characterization techniques

After the completion of your master's thesis project, you will be able to synthesize organic semiconducting polymers. 

Skills to bring:

  • Being a team player

  • Open for learning

  • Training your colleagues

  • Supporting others

This is a synthetic project - the majority of your time will be spent working within the group chemistry lab.

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