Clever Group

How to control the solubility of supramolecular compounds 

About the topic:

We have shown previously that a new type of molecular surfactant, so-called amphiphilic coordination cages, can be synthesized in a modular fashion from relatively simple precursors. Due to their amphiphilic nature these cages self-aggregate into vesicular structures in suited solvents and are able to stabilize oil-in-oil emulsions; the latter can be used for the templated synthesis of metal oxide microcapsules. The project’s aim is to gain a better understanding of the underlying self-aggregation phenomena by modulating the cage’s solubility and investigating its effect on the self-aggregation in different solvents.

What they are looking for in students:

For the solvation student challenge program, students with experiences in basic organic synthesis (experimental) can apply. Experiences with the Schlenk technique are beneficial but not required. 

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For your application you will need:

  • CV with contact details and affiliation (max. 2 pages)
  • letter of motivation related to Solvation Science (1 page)
  • your research proposal (1 page)
  • your diploma (Bachelor or Master)

Prerequisites: Current Master and PhD students with expiriences in Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences or related topics of Engineering

Start: 09th October 2023

Deadline: 01st June 2024



Win A research Stay

Subject: conduct your research proposal
Duration: 3 months
Location: Bochum, Germany and local Ruhr RESOLV partner institutions
Language of instruction: English
Costs: RESOLV sponsors travel and a monthly stipend
Period research stay: before August 2025