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Investigation of novel porous borosilicate framework materials

Department of Chemistry

About the Project

This opportunity will remain open until filled.

An opportunity for a 3.5 year PhD position supported by NSG Group towards the investigation of new porous borosilicate framework materials.

This project aims to investigate and develop novel porous borosilicate framework materials for various applications on glass. To add value to glass products new materials are required as coatings to add different functionality. Porous borosilicate materials are an exciting development in coatings on glass enabling various functionalities to be incorporated such as optical and/or catalytic properties.
Starting with bulk materials using synthetic methods developed by NSG the student will investigate the structural and compositional variations of the material and relate these to properties such as surface area, porosity, vapour absorption and refractive index. Further developments will lead to the incorporation of metal ions and nanoparticles to change the properties and increase the functionality of the materials and then develop deposition routes to apply the materials as coatings on glass. The student will work closely with the scientists at NSG and will have the opportunity to spend time at the NSG Group Technical Centre at Lathom, Lancashire.

The inorganic materials chemistry group, led by Professor Rosseinsky at the University of Liverpool (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/chemistry/research/rosseinsky-group/about/), focusses its research on the discovery of new inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic solid state compounds. The research involves developing new capability for materials discovery, discovering and exploring the chemistry of new classes of material, and developing materials for particular applications. Our research has led to the synthesis of a range of novel materials with a variety of functional properties arising from a close working relationship between computational and experimental researchers within the group, which is recognized in the EPSRC Programme Grant in Integration of Computation and Experiment for Accelerated Materials Discovery, the ERC Advanced Grant on Dynamic Responsive Porous Crystals and the collocation of theoretical and experimental researchers within the Materials Innovation Factory (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/materials-innovation-factory/) and the Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design.

The group has identified interesting new classes of material, most recently including solids containing three anions1, crystalline porous materials built from amide bonds2, and porous materials that have similarities to proteins in their chemical response3. We work on a wide range of application areas, including but not limited to battery materials4, transparent conductors for low-energy buildings5, heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable manufacturing6-8, thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery from industrial processes9, 10, and lead-free piezoelectric and multiferroic materials for sensing and low-energy information storage11, 12.

The research will be performed in the newly opened Materials Innovation Factory with 2750 m2 of top-quality research space on the top floor of the building, and access to the extensive shared robotic synthesis and characterisation facilities on the ground floor.
As well as obtaining knowledge and experience in materials synthesis and characterisation techniques, the student will develop skills in teamwork, scientific communication, time management and planning.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a strong undergraduate interest and/or background in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials science or related fields.

Applications are welcomed from students with a 2:1 or higher master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science, particularly those with some of the skills directly relevant to the project outlined above.

You will be encouraged to undertake some teaching duties for the department for which you will receive training and payment. You will have the option to work towards and apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (via the Foundations in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (FLTHE) programme https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/eddev/supporting-teaching/flthe/ or the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/eddev/ultra-cpd/).

For any enquiries please contact Dr Troy Manning on

To apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

Please quote Studentship Reference: CCPR010 in the Finance Section of the Application Form.

Funding Notes

The award is 50% funded by NSG Group and 50% funded by the University of Liverpool through an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership award and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to the EPSRC website View Website. The maintenance grant is £15,009 pa for 2019-20, with the possibility of an increase for 2020/21.


To view the references, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/borosilicate-framework-materials

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