Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD fellowship in homogeneous catalysis from September 1, 2019.

The fellowship is funded by a grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark and the project will be carried out under the supervision of Professor Robert Madsen.

Reactions with hydrogen gas constitute the most important catalytic transformations in organic chemistry. Unfortunately, homogeneous catalysts for these transformations are based on precious platinum group metals or other expensive metal complexes. The aim of the project is therefore to develop inexpensive and non-toxic chromium catalysts for the dehydrogenation of alcohols and the hydrogenation of unsaturated functional groups.  The dehydrogenation with the release of hydrogen gas is possible when special ligands are employed for the chromium catalyst. The chromium-catalyzed alcohol dehydrogenation will be optimized with these ligands and the mechanism elucidated to explain the molecular pathways. The new catalysts will be applied in several dehydrogenation and hydrogenation reactions where the most valuable applications are the direct synthesis of amides and esters from alcohols and the preparation of enantiopure compounds by asymmetric hydrogenations.

Worth of Award

  • The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.


Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system
  • Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.
  • Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Applications close on July 1, 2019.


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