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Development of new functional coatings for sensor technology

This project aims to explore how Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) can be used to develop novel functional coatings and how their properties can be modified towards applications in sensor technology

Number of places



4 August 2017


3 years


Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.

Project Details

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are versatile, crystalline, hybrid materials best known for their porosity. These materials demonstrate unique physical and chemical properties, and as such they are of a great current interest with potential applications in gas storage and separation, catalysis and drug delivery. While MOFs have been studied for almost two decades, further development is required for technological applications, and we seek to establish a reliable methodology to fabricate functional thin films.

This project aims to explore how MOFs can be used to develop novel functional coatings and how their properties can be modified towards applications in sensor technology. The experimental part will focus on preparation and characterisation of this class of composite materials. The theoretical work will provide insight into the mechanisms of adsorption and nucleation on surfaces, and therefore guide experiment to optimise the growth and properties of the MOF films.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

Funding Details

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship. Tuition fees for 2017 for postgraduate research students at the University of Strathclyde are £4,195 for Home/EU students and £18,000 for international students. This does not include bench fees.

Contact us

Ms Jacqueline Brown

+44(0) 141 574 5319

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

How to apply

Apply for this PhD project here.

Please quote the project title in your application.