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Photogating frameworks: Spatially-controlled molecular diffusion in microporous materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a Royal Society-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in materials and inorganic chemistry.

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 molecular sorting applications.

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.

You will receive a thorough training in synthetic inorganic photochemistry and porous materials while taking a leading role in establishing this exciting new research program.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated student with good interpersonal skills, a drive to succeed and readiness to seize the opportunity.

Eligible candidates should have a minimum of an upper second-class first degree (2:1) or European equivalent and a Masters 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.


Dr Tim Easun -

Start date - 1st October 2019

Funding Notes

Tuition fee support - Full UK/EU tuition fees

Maintenance stipend - Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria - Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions

International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the fee difference between Home/EU and International tuition fees.


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