High-throughput exploration of multicomponent metal organic frameworks (MOFs)


New porous materials are important for advances in key technologies such as carbon dioxide sequestration and storage or catalysts for clean manufacturing. The assembly of multiple metal and organic linkers in the well-defined and complex crystal structures of multicomponent metal organic frameworks (MOFs) will deliver materials with enhanced properties. However, at present we do not have the experimental tools with the scale and speed to efficiently explore the vast chemical space available. This project will harness recent advances in robotics to efficiently explore the discovery of new multicomponent MOFs. The student will design and execute experiments on state-of-the-art robotic synthesis platforms, develop the required measurement approaches to extract and analyse data from the arrays of materials.

Training in robotics, chemistry and structural characterisation will be given. The project will develop protocols to identify materials with potential application gas separation (focusing on capturing carbon dioxide from flue gas and challenging separations of hydrocarbons) and catalysis (transformation of biomass for next-generation clean manufacturing) applications that will focus the large numbers of new materials identified for further detailed exploration. The project is driven by a vision of a future where research scientists will make routine, broad use of robotics as part of the discovery of advanced materials, and thus the project will prepare the student for a wide range of industrial and academic career opportunities.

Experimental work will be enabled by instrumentation and methods that are already established and available in the research group of Prof Rosseinsky, together with world-class characterization and synthetic facilities available within the Materials Innovation Factory.

Qualifications: Applications are welcomed from students with a 2:1 or higher master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry or Materials Science, particularly those with some of the skills directly relevant to the project outlined above.

Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/  Please ensure you quote reference CCPR128 in your online application and in any correspondence.

For more details or informal enquiries please email Dr Alexandros Katsoulidis a.katsoulidis@liverpool.ac.uk.


Open to UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

The studentship provides full tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years of approx. £19,237 per annum for 2024/25. The stipend quoted are for students starting from 1st October 2024 and may rise slightly each year with inflation.

The funding for this studentship also comes with a budget for research and training expenses of £1000 per year, and for those that are eligible, a disabled students allowance to cover the costs of any additional support that is required.



  1. A. M. Tollitt, R. Vismara, L. M. Daniels, D. Antypov, M. W. Gaultois, A. P. Katsoulidis, M. J. Rosseinsky, High-Throughput Discovery of Rhombohedral Twelve Connected Zirconium Metal-Organic Framework with Ordered Terephthalate and Fumarate Linkers, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 60 (2021) 26939-26946.
  2. Y. Yan, E.J. Carrington, R. Pétuya, G.F.S. Whitehead, A. Verma, R.K. Hylton, C.C. Tang, N.G. Berry, G.R. Darling, M.S. Dyer, D. Antypov, A.P. Katsoulidis, M.J. Rosseinsky, Amino Acid Residues Determine the Response of Flexible Metal–Organic Frameworks to Guests, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142 (2020) 14903-14913.