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PhD in Chemistry: Self-Assembly of Catalytic Nanoparticles in Functionalised Metal-Organic Frameworks

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Ross Forgan
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Bright, highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD position in the School of Chemistry, available to commence on 1st October 2018 in the Forgan research group at the University of Glasgow. The PhD project will investigate the synthesis and characterization of novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) functionalized with metal binding groups, and their application in deposition of nanoparticles for catalysis and sequestration. The project will require synthesis and crystallographic characterization experience in single crystal X-ray diffraction is highly desirable, but training will be provided.

The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent, and have experience of inorganic synthesis, organic synthesis and crystallographic analysis. 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, NMR spectroscopy and gas uptake measurement.

The research lies at the crossroads of supramolecular chemistry, inorganic chemistry and synthetic chemistry, and the multidisciplinary nature of the work will require a student capable of administering international collaborations, with associated opportunities for travel. More information on the Forgan group can be found at:


Prospective candidates should contact Dr Forgan for information by email – [email protected] – with a CV and cover letter, as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£14,777 for Session 2018/19).

Full funding (including payment of tuition fees) is only available to candidates from within the EU. Self-funded students from outside the EU are encouraged to contact Dr Forgan directly.

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