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Data-driven design of metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture and photocatalytic conversion

   School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The design of photocatalytic processes driven by sunlight represents a promising approach for fuel production and the transformation of small molecules into value-added chemicals. CO2, the major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming, is the by-product of many industrial processes. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are materials containing metal ions or clusters coordinated to organic linkers with promising applications in gas separation and storage.

This project aims to design MOF materials as platforms for the concomitant CO2 capture and photocatalytic conversion to selected highly valuable chemicals, e.g. ethylene, ethanol, or propanol. Quantum chemistry calculations, data-mining and machine-learning approaches developed in Crespo-Otero’s group (SPCS, QMUL) will guide the synthesis and characterisation in Szilágyi’s group (SEMS, QMUL).

Supervisor Contact Details:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Rachel Crespo Otero

Tel: 020 7882 8404


Application Method:

To apply please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage selecting Chemistry as the subject (note a scientific proposal is not needed, but upload a cover letter and a CV including contact details of at least two referees):


We shall be considering applications on an on-going basis and will recruit when we have found the appropriate candidate. Potential candidates are advised to submit their applications early.

Further Guidance: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/

Please be sure to include a reference to 'Crespo-Otero to associate your application with this studentship opportunity. 

Funding Notes

PhD Research Studentship Details
• Available to international students.
• Start date: September 2022.
• The studentship covers tuition fees and annual stipend for three and half years (Currently set for 2022/23 as £17,840).
• The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a minimum 2:1 honours or equivalent degree, or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline (chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering).
• If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

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