|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,009 annual living expenses & 100% of UK/EU tuition fees|
|Placed On:||4th March 2019|
|Closes:||1st May 2019|
Value of award
100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.
Number of awards
Start date and duration
September 2019 for 3 years.
A fully-funded (home fees) PhD studentship is available within the Chemical Crystallography group at Newcastle University. This position will focus upon the study and development of metal organic frameworks with controlled, tuneable, characteristics.
Metal-Organic-FrameworkS (MOFS) are polymeric, three dimensional, structures comprising metal nodes (e.g. Ag, Au, Fe) with interconnecting organic strands (e.g. bi-arylbenzoic acids). The hydridisation of the organic strands contributes significantly to the framework architecture often leading to accessible internal cavernous space that has recently drawn significant attention in current research directives. The flexible nature of the coordination sphere of the f-block lanthanides provides a new route to novel metal organic frameworks with tailored structural motifs. Initial in-house studies have shown that the availability of large, well-formed crystals is limited to a small number of the lanthanide systems studied, however these already show a variety of binding motifs.
This project will explore the experimental space, both synthetic and environmental, to generate a series of systems with designed characteristics for generating switchable states. The successful student will build on the current extreme conditions knowledge within the group, to enhance the instrumentation for studying materials under non-standard conditions. They will also develop novel chemical systems for investigation under a range of stimuli to create the next generation of switchable materials.
Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Michael R Probert and Dr Jonathan D Sellars.
To qualify, you must have a real passion for research and have, or expect to receive, a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemistry.
Creativity and problem solving skills are essential, crystallographic experience is not a pre-requisite as full training will be given, synthetic ‘wet’ chemistry experience will be considered an advantage.
This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.
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