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PhD in Chemistry - Modulated Self-Assembly of p-Block Metal-Organic Frameworks

   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Ross Forgan  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Bright, highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD position in the Forgan research group, available to commence on 1st October 2022 in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.

Our group has a track record in the development of modulated self-assembly protocols for metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), using additives and fine control of synthetic conditions to tune phase formation, defectivity, particle size, surface chemistry, porosity, etc (see perspective: Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 4546–4562). The majority of our work to date has focused on d- and f-block MOFs; this project will extend and develop new protocols for the synthesis and discovery of MOFs linked by p-block elements, specifically those in group 13 (Al, Ga, In). The new materials discovered in this project will feed into existing projects covering gas storage of flexible materials, characterization of optical and mechanical properties, novel reactivities with MOFs, and potentially into nanoscale drug delivery, with assistance from a global network of expert collaborators.

The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent, and have experience of organic and inorganic synthesis, and solid-state analytical techniques. The student can expect to become an expert in the design, synthesis and analysis of porous materials, through hands-on experience of solid-state synthesis, crystallographic techniques, various spectroscopies, and gas uptake measurements, as well as potentially being involved in cell culture, imaging, and in vitro assays if biological components of the project are developed.

More information on the Forgan group can be found at:

Prospective candidates should contact Prof Forgan for information by email – – with a CV and cover letter, as soon as possible.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society. More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

How to Apply:

Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for home/UK applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 for Session 2021). Strong international candidates will also be considered.
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