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Microfluidic approach toward continuous synthesis of metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are porous crystalline materials, constructed by metal ions and organic polyfunctional ligands. They have shown promise in a wide range of applications such as gas storage, chemical separations, catalysis, drug delivery, etc. To meet their large-scale applications requirements, the development of facile and effective synthetic methods of MOFs is highly desirable.

Microfluidics technology offered a qualitatively superior alternative to conventional batch process for MOFs synthesis. By using microfluidic devices:
1. A number of MOFs can be manufactured without the need of bespoke equipment for each synthesis.
2. A fast synthesis of MOFs can be achieved without a loss in product quality and moreover with a precise control over their size and shape, and
3. a simple ‘number-up’ strategy can be applied to produce MOFs with quantities approaching those required for widespread application.

The aim of the project is to develop a continuous microfluidic system for controlled synthesis of MOFs-based materials and investigate their applications as catalysts. As an interdisciplinary project, you will be trained in MOFs synthesis and design (chemistry), microfluidic devices design (chemical engineering), and materials characterization (material science).

You will work with Dr Kejun Wu and Dr Nicole Hondow in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering in Leeds. The successful candidate will be expected to start from October 2019.

Funding Notes

Funding covers the cost of fees at £4,327 and provides a maintenance of £15,009 for the 2019/20 academic year. Funding duration is 3.5 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

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