University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is the third oldest university in the UK and the School of Chemistry is one of the top chemistry departments in the UK according to the 2007 UK Research Assessment Exercise. The School has 40 members of academic staff and provides a very strong research environment, with 100 graduate students and around 40 postdoctoral workers. A wide range of state-of-the-art characterisation equipment is available for the project, including powder X-ray diffractometers, NMR spectrometers, porosimeters, GCs and synthesis facilities. The financial and administrative management will be supported by St Andrews Finance department, and by Research and Enterprise Services.

The Porous Solids Group headed by Professor P. A. Wright consists of post-docs, PhD and Masters students (10 in all). The group has taken part in EU projects such as INDENS (a Marie Curie RTN) and DESANNS (a STREP) and is a member of the AISBL ERIC and the EMMI FAME as follow up to EU networks of excellence. Research projects related to this proposal include adsorptive CO2 separation with MOFs and zeolites from pre- and post-combustion gas flows funded by EPSRC, the UK government Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.