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PhD Studentship in Creating New Glass-Based Metal-Organic Framework Materials

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd April 2020
Closes: 30th June 2020
Reference: LJ22931

PhD Studentship in Creating New Glass-Based Metal-Organic Framework Materials

Start Date: October 2020/January 2021/October 2021

Supervisory Team: Dr Thomas D Bennett and Professor David A Keen

A fully funded, 3.5 year studentship (is available in the Hybrid Materials group, in the Materials Science and Metallurgy Department, University of Cambridge). This is for 'Home' rate students only. The flexibility in start date is due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. Interviews may be held by Skype.

This post is generously funded by a project grant from the Leverhulme Trust, and seeks to develop new metal-organic framework (MOF) materials based upon existing glasses. Specifically, this ambitious, experimentally-focused project will involve the use of solvothermal and 'green' mechanochemical techniques to synthesize both inorganic, and hybrid materials. Structural characterization will be performed primarily through pair distribution function analysis and electron microscopy, and the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of advanced materials studied through thermal analysis, gas sorption analysis and nanoindentation.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the research group website: 

For further information about the project, please get in touch with Dr Thomas Bennett ( in advance of applying. Please send a CV (two pages maximum) and expression of interest before making a formal application.

Representative publications from the group include:

Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper second or first class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng (or overseas equivalents) and should meet the criteria for UK/EU residency and liability for 'home rate' fees.  The on-line application system is available at Further information on the application process is available from Rosie Ward (

Please quote reference LJ22931 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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