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Bioinorganic Chemistry

  • Doctorate
  • Fall
  • With scholarship

Project description

For candidates with a background in chemistry

This interdisciplinary project aims at the functionalization of metal nanoparticles and complexes with molecules (biologically active or fluorescent) that include thermosensitive linkages for therapeutic and biomedical applications.

The project consists in: i) the synthesis of various organic, inorganic or organometallic complexes under inert atmosphere using glovebox and Schlenk techniques, ii) their characterization using tools such as nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and single crystal X-ray diffraction, as well as iii) the evaluation of their reactivity in biological settings.  More details about the project will be discussed with the candidates who will be selected for an interview.

Starting date

Fall 2021

Research advisor

Annie Castonguay

Graduate program

This study project may be carried out under the following program: Ph.D. in Biology (French description)


In addition to meeting the university’s requirements for the graduate program, the candidate should:

  • Hold a M.Sc. degree in CHEMISTRY (or equivalent);
  • Be open to collaborating with an interdisciplinary team;
  • Participate in the writing of scientific articles;
  • Present his or her results in the form of oral and poster presentations, as well as reports.

Applicants with knowledge or experience in some or all of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Synthetic chemistry (nanoparticle and organometallic synthesis would be an asset)
  • Purification of compounds using various chromatographic methods;
  • Characterization of compounds using nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and single crystal X-ray diffraction;
  • Considerable knowledge of the English language (spoken and written).

Financial support

INRS offers financial support to its students. Students are also encouraged to apply for external funding.

How to apply

Interested candidates can submit their application using the online form. The latter will be evaluated by Prof. Annie Castonguay. Please include:

  • a short cover letter (250-500 words) indicating your interest
  • a detailed CV;
  • a statement of all your academic transcripts.

We encourage women, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, aboriginals and people with disabilities to apply.

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Online form for PdD Project: Bioinorganic Chemistry

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