Graduate Process Development Chemist - Internship

£4,000 for 3 months
05 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

MOF Technologies has developed a novel technique for the synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) that is environmentally friendly, rapid and highly scalable, allowing cost-effective deployment of these revolutionary materials on a large scale. Our patented technology for the first time allows the synthesis of MOFs using very little or no solvents and on greatly reduced timescales, by making use of "mechanochemistry". The MOF material is produced in a matter of minutes, in a powder form ready for applications, without further treatment.

Salary: £4,000
Holidays: 6 days holiday + Bank holidays 
Working Hours: Mon-Fri 37.5 hours working week 
Interview dates: 2nd October 2017 
Start date: Mid to late October 
Degree / relevant disciplines: Graduate BSc in Chemistry or related area MChem, MSc or PhD 
Closing Date: 21st September 2017

Job role: 

The placement objective is to try to improve the water stability of one of our products: copper benzene tricarboxylate (CuBTC). CuBTC has outstanding properties for a number of applications including methane storage, carbon dioxide capture, oxygen storage and ammonia trapping. However, water vapour destroys the structure of the MOF meaning that it can only be used in applications where water is not present. This severely restricts the applicability of this product. 

The aim of this project is to investigate novel synthetic approaches to enhance water stability of MOFs. Particular focus will be aimed at reducing the water sensitivity of CuBTC.  The performance of the new materials will be benchmarked by comparison of N2 physisorption before and after exposure to water. The next step will be focused on the upscale of this innovative methodology and its incorporation into our patented production process. 

Job accountabilities: 

The intern will gain valuable expertise in a number of different areas, including:

  • Green mechanochemical methods of MOF synthesis
  • Training in the use of a variety of analytical techniques including Powder X-ray Diffraction, IR Spectroscopy, Thermo-gravimetric analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy and N2 physisorption
  • Scale up of the technology to our pilot plant (if successful at lab scale)
  • Working as part of a highly motivated team of chemists and engineers



  • BSc in Chemistry or related area
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to take instruction and work to deadlines
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Relevant industrial experience MChem, MSc or PhD 
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint

Relevant Disciplines: 

Graduates only: BSc in Chemistry or related area MChem, MSc or PhD

Additional Information 

We are particularly open to employing someone who has demonstrated relevant previous experience in the chemical industry. This is valuable experience that will only be of benefit to our company and project. We currently have one employee working part time and would be open to employing another one.

Please ensure that you are willing and able to live within commutable distance of the company site before applying. This placement is located in Belfast. Cogent Life Science Placements Service are managing the recruitment for this placement at our client's request, therefore we ask that applications are made through our website please. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. 54, 000 members and a worldwide knowledge business that spans the globe, it is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision for the future. The Royal Society of Chemistry as part of its small companies programme, EnterprisePlus ( has granted a small number of companies funding for internships for those already graduated including those returning to work. You will need to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry by the time you take up the internship and can join here

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