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Unusual properties of New Inorganic Framework Materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

"We have a vacancy for a PhD student to synthesise and characterize new materials with open-framework structures, such metal phosphates, transition-metal cyanides or metal-organic compounds.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Chippindale ()
The thermal behaviour of these materials will be investigated as many exhibit ‘negative thermal expansion’ – a curious property in which the structures shrink as temperature increases. In addition, such materials can often accommodate small molecules in cavities in their structures either for gas storage or vapochromism (gas sensor) applications.
The project will provide the student with training in solid-state synthesis (e.g. solvothermal methods) and characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (both powder and single-crystal methods), neutron diffraction, thermal analysis and IR and UV spectroscopy."

Funding Notes

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is able to work independently and collaboratively within the research team. The applicant is expected to have at least a 2:1 honours degree in chemistry or a related subject.


"1. ""Chemistry and structure by design: ordered CuNi(CN)4 sheets with Cu(II) in a square-planar environment"", A.M. Chippindale, S.J. Hibble, E. Marelli, E.J. Bilbe, A.C. Hannon and M. Zbiri, Dalton Trans., 44, 12502-12506 (2015).
2. ""Mixed Copper, Silver, and Gold Cyanides, (MxM′1–x)CN: Tailoring Chain Structures To Influence Physical Properties"", A.M. Chippindale, S.J. Hibble, E.J. Bilbé, E. Marelli, A.C. Hannon, C. Allain, R. Pansu, and F. Hartl, J.A.C.S., 134, 16387 (2012).
3. ""Helices, Chirality and Interpenetration: the Versatility and Remarkable Interconversion of Silver-Copper Cyanide Frameworks"", A.M. Chippindale and S.J. Hibble, J.A.C.S., 131, 12736–12744 (2009)."

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