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Development of new bifunctional catalysts for CH bonds activation

University faculty : Sciences
Department : Chemistry Department - Laboratory of organic reactivity and catalysis (Group of Prof. Berionni - www.unamur.be/sciences/chimie/rco)
Grade : researcher
Contract : renewable fixed term contract
Category : scientific personnel
Allocation : External funds



In the framework of a research project financed by the FNRS (National Fund for Scientific Research), the organic chemistry division of the chemistry department announces the availability of a PhD position in the field of main-group and organoboron chemistry.

Job description

The main goal of the PhD research program is to design new bifunctional catalysts containing a boron Lewis acid and a nitrogen Lewis base connected together and use them for the activation of C-H bonds. The first part of the work will consist in the synthesis of triphenylmethane and triptycene derivatives and establish a method to obtain bora-aza triptycenes

During the PhD program, the successful candidate will acquire the necessary expertise to perform organic and organometallic synthesis, handle highly reactive species (Schlenk-line and glove-box techniques), and to monitor reactions by fast-spectroscopic techniques (stopped-flow spectrophotometer). The candidate will also be involved in computational chemistry with the team of Prof. Champagne.


The ideal candidate is a highly talented and motivated researcher who received his master in organic or organometallic chemistry less than two years ago. Very good knowledge and excellent experimental skills in preparative purification techniques and structural characterization of organic molecules (NMR, GC-MS, IR, UV-Vis) is expected. Excellent communication ability in English (written and oral). Good knowledge of French is mandatory. She/He should be autonomous, motivated for fundamental research in organic and organometallic chemistry. Dedication for research, curiosity and ability to engage into a cooperative project will be appreciated.

Additional information

The selected candidate will get a monthly fellowship of ~€1800 after tax. This is a PhD position funded for four years. After two years, the candidate will have to successfully pass his mid-term PhD defense in order to have her/his second contract of two years.


To apply please send a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page report on your master research work, and the name and email address of three reference persons by e-mail before August 1st, 2021 to Prof. Guillaume Berionni (guillaume.berionni@unamur.be).