Research Studentship in MOF Materials for Future Electronics

3-year SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) funded D.Phil (PhD) studentship, available from January 2014 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

The project will focus on the development of novel nanostructured materials based on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) with target applications in microelectronics, lighting, and sensing applications. Thin-film structures, coatings, and nanocomposites comprising multifunctional MOF materials will be designed and fabricated to yield 2-D and 3-D architectures featuring numerous structural topologies and chemical functionalities. Central to successful device integration, fundamental properties encompassing the electrical, electronic, thermo-mechanical, and optical characteristics of novel systems will be interrogated using state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopy, spectroscopy and fine-scale nanoindentation. Laboratory experiments will be complemented by theoretical simulations and in situ studies at large science facilities (e.g. Diamond Light Source and ISIS at Harwell, Oxford) to gain insights into fundamental structure-property relationships underpinning future device performance.

The studentship is part of a SAMSUNG GRO funded project on “Next-Generation Metal-Organic Framework Materials” being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (Principal Investigator: Dr J.C. Tan) and SAMSUNG Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT).

The student will be a member of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering (SMME) Research Group and will be supervised by Dr J.C. Tan. Further information on the group can be found at

Award Value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for either Overseas or UK/EU students plus provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £13,590 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship also covers the payment of college fees.

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The project studentship is available to all applicants from Overseas or UK/EU.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A First Class Honours degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Nanoscience, Physics or associated fields;
  • Experience in the fields of nanomaterials, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), thin-film coatings demonstrated by publications in reputable journals or international conferences;
  • Good English written and spoken communication skills (NB. overseas candidates will have to meet the higher level English language requirements stipulated by the University of Oxford, see;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievements.

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship :

  • Candidates are required to send a covering latter (explaining your suitability for graduate study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date) to


Please quote SAMSUNG-GRO in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr J.C. Tan. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: Noon, 14th November 2013

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