Reticular Chemistry at Interfaces (P2006)

Oct 01, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
100% position for 4 years, earliest starting date: 1 January 2021

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel invites highly motivated scientists to apply for the SNI PhD program in Nanoscience.

Your position

In the Shahgaldian group (Laboratory of Molecular Nanotechnology of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland), we are working on the design of molecular systems able of self-assembly and molecular recognition [1-3]. In DeRooLab (Department of Chemistry, University of Basel), we are working on the synthesis and analysis of nanocrystals and atomically precise clusters [4-6].

Despite tremendous research on MOF design, it is remarkable that the current synthetic methods do not apply to 2D MOF nanofabrication, and do not allow the production of large MOF single crystals. The foremost objective of the RESTRAIN PhD program is to fill this considerable gap by using well-defined and tailor-made nanocluster-based secondary building units with a series of novel polytopic linkers. Those layers shall be used as templates to grow, in a controlled fashion, large MOF single crystals.

[1] A. Cumbo et al. Nat. Commun. 2013, 4, 1503

[2] M. Moradi et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 14395

[3] M. Moradi et al. Sci. Adv. 2019, 5, eaav4489

[4] J. De Roo et al. Nat. Mater. 2016, 15, 517

[5] E. Dhaene et al. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 7411

[6] Z. Hens and J. De Roo. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 15627

Your profile

You are highly motivated and have a Master in Nanosciences or a Master in Chemistry. You have a strong background in synthetic chemistry and interest in physical chemistry, you enjoy working in a small multidisciplinary and multicultural team.

You will be registered as a PhD student in the graduate program of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel.

We offer you
  • Excellent scientific and social environment
  • Very competitive employment conditions
  • Membership in a very supportive and recognised community

The successful candidate will join an attractive interdisciplinary programme together with the ~30 currently supported scientists. The SNI covers a wide variety of topics, including cutting edge quantum physics and chemistry, material science, nanotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, or medical research.

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