We are always happy to welcome motivated, enthusiastic people to join our team. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and aspire to work in an inclusive way, preferring critical and creative thinking over hours spent at the lab bench. Projects cover a range of topics and techniques, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact Hamish for discussions prior to making an application.
We seek to recruit 1–2 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers per year to work with the group. Open positions will be advertised here and a list of potential funding routes to postdoctoral fellowships can be found here.
Each year we typically offer 1–2 UoB Chemistry MSci projects. Please take time to read the relevant page in the project booklet, as well the linked papers, which give a flavour of the research experiences we offer. Please contact Hamish by email for further information.
We hope to offer a 4-year PhD studentship joint with beamlines I15-1 and I22 at Diamond Light Source, focusing on measuring the structure of crystallising MOF nanoparticles over multiple lengthscales, to start in October 2023. Fees covered for home (UK) students. Click here for more details!
If you are interested in joining the group, please send a brief letter of your motivation and a CV to Hamish, describing your interests and potential funding routes available.
Hamish comes from a mixed Hong Kong – Scottish family. He grew up in Bedford, UK and studied Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry. He stayed in Cambridge to complete a PhD in Materials Science with Prof Tony Cheetham in 2012 and did a brief postdoc with the same group. From 2014 to 2016 he worked as an independent ICYS researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, during which time he spent six months as a visiting researcher with Prof Andy Cooper at Liverpool University. He returned to the UK to take up a Glasstone Fellowship in Inorganic Chemistry and Extraordinary JRF at the Queen’s College in October 2016 and took up his present Lectureship in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in 2019.
Hamish received a UKRI EPSRC New Investigator Award in 2021, and was awarded the CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists by the BCA Chemical Crystallography Group in 2022.
Outside of science, Hamish is a husband, father, birdwatcher, runner, musician, table tennis player, mental health advocate and DIY enthusiast. Not necessarily all at the same time, though.
Harry Lloyd joined the group in 2019 for his MSci project, investigating structure diversity and conductivity in new molecular perovskites. He returned to do a PhD in 2020, joint-funded by Diamond Light Source, looking at time-resolved structural determination of MOF & perovskite structures, co-supervised by Dr Mark Warren and Dr Lucy Saunders at Diamond. Outside of Chemistry, he is an avid West Bromwich Albion fan, a keen book reader & an enthusiastic tea drinker.
Aaron Chambers, Winner of the Yeung group Christmas Quiz 2020, joined the group in 2020 for a PhD project looking at the fabrication and characterisation of MOF composites, co-supervised by Dr Brian Pauw at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany (BAM). His interest in the field started in 2017 during a 3rd year research project as part of his Masters degree. The chemistry surrounding MOFs is something he’s very passionate about. On a more personal note, Aaron enjoys playing Xbox, watching/playing football and he has an interest in space.
Joe Atherton joined the group in 2020 for a PhD project looking at pre-nucleation in the crystallisation of MOFs, funded by the School of Chemistry. Previously, he completed an MChem at the University of Sheffield, including a final-year research project on organometallic complexes, and spent four years working for a supplier of analytical chemistry equipment. Aside from chemistry he enjoys walking, reading, history, and languages.
Suzie Hughes joined the group in 2021 as a PhD student, and is researching mixed-metal MOFs and hybrid perovskites for potential use as sensing devices. She completed her MChem at the University of Bath, and her final-year project was based on the adsorption and release capabilities of flexible MOFs. Outside of chemistry, Suzie enjoys playing the piano, relaxing in coffee shops, and going on walks.
Hannah Blakiston joined the group for her final-year MSci project in 2022. She is investigating the effect of B-site doping in MDABCO-based perovskites on structure and ferroelectricity. Aside from chemistry, Hannah enjoys all things music – dabbling in ballroom and Latin American dance, as well as playing piano and ukulele in her free time.
Sophie Ray has joined the group in 2022 in the 4th year of her undergraduate degree to complete a MSci project. She is focusing on isolating metal-linker coordination complex intermediates before reacting them further to synthesise MOFs. Outside of university, Sophie is an avid runner, keen reader and enjoys music and going to gigs.
Joe Barker was an honorary member of the group assisting in the supervision of Matt’s MSci project. He completed his PhD with Professor Paul Anderson in 2022, working on metal-organic frameworks consisting of bifunctional carboxyphosphonate linkers. He went on to a postdoctoral research position with Prof Fiona Meldrum in Leeds.
Samuel Gale joined the group for his final-year MSci project in 2021. He investigated new MDABCO-based perovskites and investigated their structures and properties. His work was published in CrystEngComm. Outside of chemistry, Sam has a passion for live music. He left the group to travel and do volunteering work, looking for PhD opportunities in 2023-24.
Matt Liddle joined the Yeung research group in 2021 to undertake a final-year Masters project, investigating the phase behaviour of the MOF BIRM-1. Matt used to be a keen swimmer and is a big music and cheese enthusiast. He left the group to do a PhD with Ross Forgan in Glasgow.
Vicky Akroyd joined the group for a fourth year MSci project in 2020–21, working on modelling of MOF formation kinetics. Outside of Chemistry, she played basketball for the University women’s team and was the president of the club. She left the group to work at The Pudding Stop in St Albans.
Matt Bradberry joined the group for an MSci project in 2020–21, investigating the effects of external perturbations on MOF formation kinetics. He also played cricket for the University and is an avid football fan.
Dom Allen joined the group in 2019 for his Part II project in Oxford, looking at structure and ferroelectricity in new perovskites, co-supervised by Andrew Goodwin. His work was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Dom left the group to work as an audit associate at PwC.
Kieran Orr joined the group in 2018 as a Part II student investigating the crystallisation and heterostructures of mixed-component MOF nanoparticles using both in situ and ex situ techniques. His work was published in Chemical Science. Kieran left the group to take up a PhD scholarship at the University of Cambridge.
Felicity Massingberd-Mundy did a summer research project in 2017 with the group focusing on optimising the synthesis conditions of MOFs for sensing applications. She returned to the group in 2018 to do her Part II project on MOF formation, processing and applications in collaboration with Johnson Matthey. Her work was published in Nature Scientific Reports. She left the group to become a research scientist at Johnson Matthey.
Adam Sapnik did his Part II project in 2017 investigating the formation kinetics and host-guest sensing behaviour of mixed component ZIFs, co-supervised by Andrew Goodwin. His work was published in Chemical Communications and Angewandte Chemie. He left the group to take up a PhD scholarship at the University of Cambridge.
Kevin Liang did a summer project with the group in 2019, funded by a Hertford College Summer Studentship award, researching the kinetics and phase behaviour of metal-organic framework formation.
Anisha Bahl did her summer project with the group in 2018, funded by a Department’s Public Engagement with Research grant, developing outreach activities to take our research on the crystallography of materials and minerals to museums and schools.
Frank Nightingale did his summer research project with the group in 2018, funded by an SCG Innovation grant, looking at fundamental aspects of reaction equilibria and pH control in MOF formation.
International collaborators, past and present:
Hengbo Cui, RIKEN, Japan
Sebastian Henke, Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Reizo Kato, RIKEN, Japan
Gregor Kieslich, Technical University Munich, Germany
Monica Kosa, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Thien Ngo, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Brian Pauw, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
Kota Shiba, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Satoshi Tominaka, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Takao Tsumuraya, Kumamoto University, Japan
Michael Wharmby, DESY, Germany
Genki Yoshikawa, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
UK-based collaborators, past and present:
David Allan, Diamond Light Source
Phoebe Allan, Birmingham University
Anthony Cheetham, Cambridge University (PhD supervisor; now NUS Singapore)
Tim Easun, Cardiff University
Michael Gaultois, Liverpool University
Andrew Goodwin, Oxford University
Clare Grey, Cambridge University
John Griffin, Lancaster University
Tim Johnson, Johnson Matthey
Oxana Magdysyuk, Diamond Light Source
Stephen Moggach, University of Western Australia
Andy Pratt, York University
Lucy Saunders, Diamond Light Source
Jin-Chong Tan, Oxford University
Richard Walton, Warwick University
Mark Warren, Diamond Light Source
Yue Wu, Liverpool University