Materials Engineering/Chemistry: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at Swansea University: Novel ultrastable metal-organic frameworks for carbon dioxide capture
- Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
- Deadline: June 1, 2018
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a promising class of porous solid sorbents for carbon dioxide capture, but their instability to moisture is a key issue limiting their deployment on a large scale. The scope of this project is to develop new ultrastable MOFs by combining high valent metals (such as Al3+, Zr4+, Ti4+, Fe3+) with carboxylic and phosphonic linkers. The project will involve synthesis of novel organic linkers, synthesis of MOFs, their structural and chemical characterisation and evaluation of gas separation performance. Skills in organic chemistry are needed, due to the necessity to prepare linkers as the very first step. Over the course of the project, skills and knowledge in inorganic synthesis, powder X-ray diffraction and gas sorption analysis will be developed. Research will be carried out within the Energy Safety Research Institute, under the supervision of Dr Marco Taddei and Dr Enrico Andreoli.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry, materials science or engineering.
Candidates will need to have strong knowledge of basic concepts of general chemistry and organic chemistry. Laboratory experience in organic chemistry is also highly desirable. They should be highly motivated and keen to quickly develop the ability to work independently.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only. However, International students are welcome to apply with the understanding that they are required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international tuition fees.
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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees (£4,260), plus an annual stipend of £14,777. A minimum of £1,500 is available for conference expenses.
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