We are looking for PhD candidates for a joint project with the group of Dr Stephen Moggach, also here at the University of Edinburgh. The project will use molecular precursors to elemental silicon together with metal-organic frameworks to create new nanostructured forms of silicon, and will involve lots of interesting techniques including inert atmosphere synthesis, crystallography (including at high pressures), and NMR spectroscopy.
About the project
This project will demonstrate size- and shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured elemental silicon by exploiting the decomposition of silane precursors within microporous metal-organic frameworks. The student undertaking this project will receive training in an extremely wide variety of techniques, including inert atmosphere synthesis, X-ray crystallography (including at high pressure), multinuclear NMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry.
What are we looking for?
Applicants should possess a recent chemistry degree (first class or 2(i), or equivalent). The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry, some experience of inorganic synthesis (or a closely related area), and excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience in the preparation and manipulation of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, and/or single-crystal X-ray crystallography is highly desirable, but not a prerequisite.