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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for energy applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Wriedt Lab’s research activities are mainly focused at developing new strategies for the design and synthesis of advanced functional solid-state materials from molecular building blocks and advancing the understanding of their structure-property relationship. See wriedt-lab.com for group introduction.

One of our focus areas are metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) which are crystalline porous materials composed of metal clusters or ions connected by polytopic organic linkers. Their framework structures, pore environment, and functionality make them uniquely tunable by the choice and connection of metal and organic building blocks, allowing the design of innovative materials with customized properties.

This Ph.D. project will address interrelated fundamental aspects of the design, synthesis, and characterization of functional MOF materials. Potential project topics are listed below and will be assigned based on qualification and needs. High impact factor publications are expected from this work.

• Clean Energy Alternatives: Materials for on-board H2 and CH4 storage systems for automotive applications
• Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Materials for CO2 capture and sequestration from flue gas streams
• Stimuli-Responsive Spintronics: Materials for sensing and ultra-high data storage applications
• Environmental Water Treatment: Materials for selective removal of pollutants from waste- and groundwater
• Electro- and Photochromic Switches: Materials for the development of new smart-glass technologies

Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: synthetic organic chemistry, crystallography (SCXRD and PXRD), adsorption analysis, magnetochemistry, electrochemistry and mechanochemical synthesis. In addition, an ideal candidate will have prior first author publications in good journals and possesses a M.Sc. degree and/or industrial experience.

Two fully funded Ph.D. positions are available for up to 4 years providing free tuition and approximately $25,000 per year stipend. Please send your CV for consideration. Upon request, be ready to provide academic transcripts, TOEFL and GRE tests, and reference letters.

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