Doctoral Student In Materials Chemistry With A Focus On Covalent Organic Frameworks

Göteborg University
March 15, 2023
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Research and graduate education at the department of chemistry and molecular biology comprises a wide scientific field from the atomic and molecular levels all the way through cells to intact organisms. We participate in undergraduate programs in chemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, biology, marine sciences, and pharmacy. From August 2023, we will be located in Natrium, a new building for natural and life sciences with access to modern education and research facilities.

In the research group of Prof. Börjesson, the fundamentals of photophysical systems are studied, new concepts within photophysical chemistry derived, and physical-organic chemistry methodologies are used to build materials for tomorrow. The competence of the group involves both the synthesis of complex molecules and the photophysical/electrical characterization of the molecular based systems. Most often we are working with organic molecules and even though each molecule is able to perform a task on its own, our aim is not to use the single molecules but ensembles of molecules to create materials for the future. You will conduct research within materials science. In the project, financed by the Knut och Alice Wallenberg's foundation, membranes made of covalent organic frameworks (COF) will be built. Your task is to explore how to build such membranes, this by constraining chemical reactions into only two dimensions.

Nanostructured materials made from highly controlled synthetic and supramolecular chemical reactions are becoming increasingly important to solve challenges related to energy storage and clean air. An upcoming material that already has shown a high potential in many of these aspects is the covalent organic framework, which is a metal free, lightweight development from the metal organic framework (MOF). We have developed a platform for synthesizing smooth films of 3D organic covalent frameworks, and by doing so, have opened up a range of new research directions where substrate connection, and film connectivity is a requirement.

For more information on the group see:

Karl Börjesson University of Gothenburg (

See the following article for an introduction to the research topic:

A self-standing three-dimensional covalent organic framework film Nature Communications

Detachable all-carbon-linked 3D covalent organic framework films for semiconductor/COF heterojunctions by continuous flow synthesis - ScienceDirect

To see the latest group articles, click on the following link:

‪Karl Börjesson - ‪Google Scholar

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages.

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Covalent organic framework (COF) materials have drawn intense attention in recent years due to their covalent bond supported crystallinity resulting in precisely controlled atom and pore distribution. The diversity of COFs has been greatly expanded by synthetic efforts, exploring various building blocks and designing new topological structures. However, most of the COF materials are obtained in a powdered state as a result of the widely used solvothermal synthesis method. From the powdered state two major problems arise, limiting further development: i) the presence of abundant boundaries causing a bias when determining intrinsic physiochemical properties; ii) the unevenness and discontinuity interfere with charge/mass transfer and diffusion processes thus constraining related applications. Thus, there is a need to teach the community to produce this class of materials into neat and smooth films. You will learn to use physical-organic considerations, such as advanced chemical kinetics, to develop high quality COF films and membranes. Furthermore, you will learn to use a plethora of materials chemistry techniques to analyses received materials. Finally, you will learn to take projects within COFs from the discussion stage, over all steps in the project cycle to finished manuscripts. You will work independently within a research group consisting of about 8 researchers.

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements: A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

    Chemistry or physics

    The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

    Assessment criteria

    The selection of applicants who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements will be based on the ability to assimilate the education at third-cycle level. We seek a talented and dedicated doctoral student eager to pursue a career in materials chemistry. You should be open-minded, keen to learn and have a genuine interest in science. The ideal candidate has broad knowledge within chemistry with courses in materials chemistry, nanotechnology and organic synthesis in the curriculum. You should be able to work independently and within a group, and communicate well in English.


    Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.

    Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time

    Extent: 100 %

    Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

    First day of employment : As soon as possible based on agreement

    Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

    A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

    University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

    Contact information

    Karl Börjesson

    [email protected]


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    In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

    You must include the following, in PDF format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)
  • If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at https: // www. koll/magister-och-master/for-dig-med-utlandsk-kandidatexamen/dokument-fran- ditt-utbildningsland/ where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

    If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request.

    Applications must be received by: 2023-03-15

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