Studentship: Functional Porous Materials for Bioinspired Catalysis

University of Liverpool – Faculty of Science and Engineering

Supervisor: Professor Matthew Rosseinsky

Closing Date: 31 October 2017

A PhD position (36 months) is available in the synthesis of new nanoporous materials that are designed to display catalytic function inspired by the activity of the naturally occurring metalloproteins. The targeted porous materials are called metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and they can bring organic functionalities such as porphyrins and amino acids on which transition metals will be attached to create the catalytically active centers. The prepared materials will be tested on the catalysis of organic reactions.

The project involves organic and hybrid materials synthesis, diffraction, sorption and catalysis measurements. This studentship will allow highly motivated candidates to participate in the development of porous catalysts and collaborate with other members of the group, 8-10 PhDs and post-docs, who work similar projects in a multidisciplinary experimental and computational approach.

The funding for this position is through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


The award is primarily available to students resident in the UK and will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant of £14,296 for 3 years. Please see details of eligibility requirements below:

You should have, or expect to have, at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in Chemistry. Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form at Applications should be made as soon as possible and no later than 31 October 2017. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Rosseinsky’s PA, Sarah Horsfall (Tel: 0151 794 2297/Email:

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The aim of this studentship is to develop new multifunctional porous materials for enhanced performance on catalysis. This post will build on the previous work of the group on the development of new metal organic frameworks [1-3]. The group has strong background on the synthesis and characterisation of these materials and it has demonstrated their application as heterogeneous catalysts [4].

Figure 1 Two examples of MOF projects studied by our group. (a) Synthesis of highly porous and robust Zr based MOFs (Ref. 3). (b) Incorporation of organometallic catalyst on a MOF through cation exchange and its application on Diels-Alder reaction (Ref. 4).


  • [1] Fateeva et al. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 51, 7440-7444, 2012
  • [2] Marti-Gastaldo et al. Nature Chemistry 6, 343-351, 2014
  • [3] B. Kalindidi et al. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 54, 221-226, 2015
  • [4] Grigoropoulos et al. Chemical Science 7, 2037-2050, 2016

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