Research Associate (328507)



£32,817 per annum

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Term: Fixed term for 3 years
Closing date: 24 November 2020

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in Adsorption Processes/High Pressure X-ray diffraction/Materials Characterisation, working on the project ‘Quantifying the Dynamic Response in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): A Platform for Tuning Chemical Space in Porous Materials,’ funded by the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC). The project is led by Dr Ashleigh Fletcher in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, in collaboration with Dr Iain Oswald from the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. The wider project involves collaboratively work packages managed by Prof Lee Brammer (University of Sheffield) and Prof Tina Düren (University of Bath). The post will commence on 1st January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are periodic crystalline materials with molecular-scale pores that are among the most widely studied classes of materials across a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Their modular construction from metal-ion-containing nodes linked by organic ligands enables both spatial and chemical tuning to selectively trap molecules in the pore space. These features allow the performance of MOFs to be optimised for numerous applications including storage and separation of gases, detection of molecules, environmental remediation, catalysis and drug delivery. Their potential impact therefore spans the energy, transport, environmental and health care sectors.

This project will exploit this extraordinary opportunity for insight into guest-responsive flexible behaviour as a platform for development of responsive materials. We will develop a new family of materials by chemical modification and reticular synthesis (pore-space expansion). These materials will be studied systematically to provide a broad range a fundamental knowledge applicable to the MOF field, and exploited in the short-term for selective molecular recognition including gas separation, but also to build a foundation for longer-term applications in catalysis and other areas.

The Research Associate will lead studies to determine the physical behaviour of the synthesised through adsorption measurements, including competitive systems, and high-pressure X-ray studies. The data obtained will be used to understand the potential applications of these materials and to inform synthesis and post-synthetic modification of new materials. This includes periods of secondment with study partners and with our collaborator, Dr Stephen Moggach (University of Western Australia).

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Ashleigh Fletcher, Reader (

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