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New: Immediately Available Postdoctoral Position in Polymerization Catalysis and NMR
The Hilty group is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position with immediately available starting date in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University.

The goal of the research project is to determine mechanisms and kinetics of postmetallocene catalysts for olefin polymerization. Significant gains in NMR signal by hyperpolarization of nuclear spins will be used for in-situ, real-time spectroscopy of ongoing polymerization reactions.

The ideal candidate will have research experience in organometallic chemistry, in the design or synthesis of catalytically active complexes, or in advanced NMR methods. Familiarity with analytical characterization, as well as with the mechanisms of the catalyzed reactions, is advantageous. A high motivation to apply this expertise to an interdisciplinary project, which includes polymerization catalysis and state-of-the-art NMR methodology, is expected. Interested candidates must hold, or be in the process of defending a PhD degree in chemistry or a related discipline.

Our group is developing methods employing hyperpolarization by dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization for applications in chemistry. Signals from thus hyperpolarized spins, recorded after a stopped-flow injection, reveal reaction kinetics and intermediate species on a sub-second to second time scale and inform on molecular structure, dynamics and interactions. The present project will use these methods as a unique way of accessing the activity, deactivation pathways, stereo structure formation, and other properties of modern polymerization catalysts.

Applicants for this position should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Graduate Students
We are looking for new students! Several projects in Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced NMR spectroscopy are open. A special emphasis is placed on the development of instrumentation and NMR hardware that will enable utilizing the signal enhancement provided by hyperpolarization.
Requirements: Must already be admitted to the Texas A&M University Chemistry graduate program. (If you are looking to apply to the program, click here).

Research for Class Credit
Looking to do research for CHEM-491 or BIOT-603?
Projects in the following areas are currently open:
- Biological Chemistry: Expression and purification of proteins and protein fragments. Production of samples for NMR spectroscopy. Investigation of protein folding by NMR.
- Physical Chemistry: Characterization of hyperpolarization efficiency using various paramagnetic species.
Requirements: Must be a currently enrolled student at Texas A&M University.