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PhD Studentship in Creating New Glass-Based Metal-Organic Framework Materials

Project Description

Start Date: October 2020 / January 2021 / October 2021

Supervisory Team: Dr. Thomas D. Bennett, Prof. David. A. Keen

A fully funded, 3.5 year studentship is available in the Hybrid Materials group, in the Materials Science and Metallurgy Department, University of Cambridge. This is for ‘Home’ rate students only. The flexibility in start date is due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. Interviews may be held by Skype.

This post is generously funded by a project grant from the Leverhulme Trust, and seeks to develop new metal-organic framework (MOF) materials based upon existing glasses. Specifically, this ambitious, experimentally-focused project will involve the use of solvothermal and ‘green’ mechanochemical techniques to synthesize both inorganic, and hybrid materials. Structural characterization will be performed primarily through pair distribution function analysis and electron microscopy, and the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of advanced materials studied through thermal analysis, gas sorption analysis and nanoindentation.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the research group website ( For further information about the project, please get in touch with Dr. Thomas Bennett () in advance of applying. Please include a CV (two pages maximum) and expression of interest before making a formal application.

Representative publications from the group include:

Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper second or first class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng (or overseas
equivalents) and should meet the EPSRC criteria for UK/EU residency and liability for ’home rate’ fees. The on-line application system is available at Further information on the application process is available from the Department Academic Secretary, Dr. Rosie Ward ().

Funding Notes

Please note, this is for 'home' rate students only.

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