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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate researchers regularly join my group. Please see here for a detailed description and discussion. Also, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Graduate Students (M.Sc., Ph.D.)

I am looking for one or more graduate students to join my group. See here for details. This advertisement will be cross-posted to various forums.

In general, students who have completed or are about to complete a B.Sc., M.Sc. or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics or related fields are welcome to contact me at any time − especially if partial or full external funding is available. Candidates qualifying for fellowships from external funding sources such as NSERC are particularly encouraged to contact me directly.

Currently or recently, my group is, or has been working on the following research projects and programs (see also elsewhere on these webpages or contact me for more details):
  1. Theoretical actinide molecular science: We are interested in the chemistry of the early actinides such as U, Np, Pu, with a focus on their environmental chemistry. Current projects concern e.g. aqueous species, macrocycle inclusion complexes or adsorption and reactions on mineral surfaces. See paper A43 (Acc. Chem. Res. 43 (2010), 19−29) for an overview of our work in this area.
  2. Environmental (aqueous/ surface) chemistry of heavy elements such as mercury and uranium. Two examples are interaction of aqueous U with a mineral surface or thermodynamic properties of HgS.
  3. Solar energy: (i) We are using the tools of computational chemistry to understand fundamental aspects of "dye-sensitized solar cells" (DSSC), specifically the role of the dye (often a Ru complex) and of the I-/I3- redox couple. (ii) We are also modeling water splitting reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes.
  4. Homogeneous catalysis/ computational methodology: The current focus is on olefin polymerization, as well as on understanding the accuracy of density functional (DFT) and solvation methods (benchmarking).
  5. Metal-protein interactions.
  6. Modeling of novel mesoscopic electronic memory devices. This is a new project that involves going from the molecular nano-scale to larger length ranges and thus coarser models.
  7. Method and code development aiming at (i) novel solvation models and (ii) high-throughput computational tools for the prescreening of DSSC dyes. Other development projects may be possible.
(All of this work is computational/theoretical in nature.)

Writing to me please indicate which project(s) might be of interest to you and why. Moreover, please provide a detailed CV, list of publications (if available), the names and contact details of referees, unofficial transcripts or a list of courses and grades, as well as a statement on your English language ability in case English is not your first language.

Admission into our graduate program is the joined responsibility of the Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please see the Departmental Webpages for details regarding the graduate program and admission requirements.

Postdocs

I am not currently looking for postdocs. However, interested persons with an excellent publication record and a strong background in quantum chemistry, quantum-chemical program development, or inorganic chemistry may contact me at any time − especially if partial or full external funding is available. Candidates qualifying for fellowships from external funding sources such as NSERC are particularly encouraged to contact me directly.



Last update: March 7, 2014
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