Dr Timothy Easun http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/69904-easun-tim is looking for a PhD student to work on the research project ’Metal-Organic Frameworks and Supramolecular Photochemistry’
The project will investigate the use of photoactive crystalline porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a platform for nanofluidic devices. Such materials offer the potential to act as hosts for controlled guest diffusion, in which laser-induced structural changes can direct the flow of guest species. Being able to study and control the movement of molecules on this scale offers exciting possibilities in the miniaturising of microfluidic devices used for medical diagnostics, sensing, and materials sorting applications, with one ultimate goal being single-molecule sorting. This is a new approach that builds on and diverges from the global MOF community into the realm of nanofluidics, offering rich opportunities for strongly motivated graduate students.
The successful applicant will likely have a good first degree (2.1 or better) in Chemistry. First-hand experience in a relevant area of chemistry such as synthetic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, porous materials, photochemistry or photocrystallography is highly desirable including familiarity with vibrational spectroscopies (IR and Raman) and X-ray crystallography. A highly motivated student with good interpersonal skills, a drive to succeed and readiness to seize the opportunity will receive a thorough training in synthetic inorganic photochemistry and porous materials while taking a leading role in establishing this exciting new research program.
If English is not your first language you must fulfil our English Language criteria before the start of your studies. Details of accepted English Language qualifications for admission can be found here https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/postgraduate
How to Apply
To apply please complete the online application - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/chemistry
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select the ‘self-funding’ option and specify that you are applying for the Investigating the use of photoactive crystalline porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a platform for nanofluidic devices project.