Research Fellow in Experimental Inorganic Crystallization

University of Leeds - Leeds - Main Campus - Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences - School of Chemistry

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in inorganic crystallization? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

Crystallisation in the real world often occurs within small volumes rather than bulk solution. However, although recent work has shown that confinement can have significant effects on crystallisation from solution, controlling polymorph and orientation, and retarding crystallisation rates by orders of magnitude, the origins of these effects are poorly understood. This project will employ an innovative strategy to address this challenge. Using advanced imaging techniques to watch how inorganic crystals grow within well-defined confined volumes, and modelling studies to understand how ion transport between crystals occurs in confined systems, we will answer the question “how does confinement control crystallisation?”

Outstanding individuals are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position that will address this challenge. The position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and you will work within the group of Prof Fiona Meldrum (Chemistry), in collaboration with Prof Nik Kapur (Engineering) and Prof Nico Sommerdijk (Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands). 

The project will focus on the use of imaging techniques to study crystallisation of common inorganics such as calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate within the confines of four contrasting systems: titania nanotubes, controlled pore glasses, graphene oxide pockets and microfluidic devices. Frontier analytical techniques including high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), liquid-phase TEM, cryo-TEM and X-ray tomography will be used to characterise crystals growing in these systems, and modelling of transport in the controlled pore glasses and microfluidic devices will be performed to generate a mechanistic understanding of the underlying effects. Together, these approaches will provide a unique opportunity to fully understand crystal nucleation and growth in confined volumes.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in physical sciences or a closely related field, and you will have a background in experimental inorganic crystallisation and transmission electron microscopy.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Fiona Meldrum, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6414, email: F.Meldrum@leeds.ac.uk

Working Time: 100%
Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)

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