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Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Synthesis and Assessment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Thermoelectric materials are of great practical and scientific interest as they can ‘upcycle’ waste heat into electricity. Porous framework materials, such as the crystalline metal-organic frameworks, in particular have recently been highlighted as desirable candidates for thermoelectric applications as they may couple very low heat conductivity with appreciable electric conductivity.

The project will entail the synthesis of fused aromatic rings with amino and thiol functionalities, and their incorporation into metal-organic frameworks in order to achieve 2D layered materials displaying 1D channelled crystal structures and displaying high electric conductivity with low thermal conductivity. Thermoelectric properties will be tested as part of the project, which in turn will be used to optimise the materials’ composition and structure to obtain superior metal-organic framework-based thermoelectric materials. The project will involve a level of materials’ processing, including but not restricted to the synthesis of the above metal-organic frameworks as thin films. The successful candidate will gain skills and knowledge in a broad range of techniques and scientific areas on account of the interdisciplinary nature of the project, sitting on the interface of chemistry, materials science and physics.

The successful candidate will have first or 2.1 degree (ideally an MSc degree but in exceptional cases BScs will also be considered), a background in (synthetic, physical or inorganic) chemistry, materials science, or (condensed-phase, or applied) physics, with demonstrated experience in having worked in a laboratory (ideally in a wet laboratory), experience with framework materials (ideally metal-organic frameworks) or thermoelectrics is desirable but not essential.

EPSRC Research Studentship Details
To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) applicants must have:
• settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
• been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to October 2020. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK
(apart from temporary or occasional absences and
• Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK nationals).
(See: for more details)
• Full Time programme only.
• Applicant required to start in September 2020.
• The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three years (Currently set as £17,009 in
• The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or
MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
• If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score
of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

Supervisor Contact Details
For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi
Tel: 020 7882 7948

Application Method
To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Materials Science programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Research degrees in Materials:

Further Guidance:

Please be sure to include a reference to ‘2020 SEMS EPSRC DTP PAS’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.

Deadline for applications: 31st January 2020

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