Imperial College London

Dr Rob Davies

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Reader in Inorganic Chemistry



+44 (0)20 7594 5754r.davies




601JMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





** We are now accepting applications for two fully funded (UK only) PhD vacancies for Oct 2023 entry (see below for details) **

Rob Davies is a Reader in the Department of Chemistry with expertise in organometallic and coordination chemistry. Main research themes in the Davies group include the development and study of sustainable and 'green' copper-based catalyst systems and research on Metal Organic Framework (MOF) and related materials with applications in catalysis, gas storage and capture (including carbon dioxide capture) and medicine - see Research for more details .

Rob graduated from the University of Bristol with a first class degree, before going to St John’s College, Cambridge to study for his PhD. He was subsequently appointed to a three year Research Fellowship at St Catharines College Cambridge before moving to Imperial College London where he was awarded a Governors' lectureship.

PhD and PDRA Positions

PhD positions are available each year, usually starting in October. There are a number of scholarships available through the College for high quality candidates from the UK or overseas. Applications from candidates applying for other external scholarships are also encouraged. Informal enquiries are recommended as early as possible and in the first case candidates should contact Dr Rob Davies by e-mail at with a copy of their CV.

***** 2023 PhD Vacancies ***** We currently have two open vacancies for PhDs to start in the group in October 2023. 1) Cell-free biocatalysis with enzyme-MOF composites on the React CDT; 2) Metal Organics in cold forming processes on the ACM CDT. All are fully funded positions for UK (Home) students only. For more details please contact Dr Davies by email at

Specific post-doctoral vacancies will be advertised, however enquiries from outstanding candidates seeking support for external fellowship applications are welcome at any time. Please include a CV and cover letter, detailing potential funding agencies. Applicants with experience in coordination chemistry (including MOFs), organometallic chemistry or catalysis are particularly welcome.





Podda E, Arca M, Pintus A, et al., 2023, On the role of torsional dynamics in the solid-state fluorescent properties of a new bifluorene-tetracarboxylic acid and its supramolecular assemblies: a structural and TD-DFT investigation, Crystengcomm, Vol:25, ISSN:1466-8033, Pages:1058-1066

Davies R, Jin X, Lin Y, 2023, On the Mechanism of Benzimidazole Synthesis via Copper-Catalysed Intramolecular N-Arylation, Catalysis Science & Technology, ISSN:2044-4761

Davies R, Ma X, 2022, Tartramide ligands for copper-catalyzed N-Arylation at room temperature, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Vol:364, ISSN:1615-4150

Podda E, Coles SJ, Horton PN, et al., 2021, First example of solid-state luminescent borasiloxane-based chiral helices assembled through N-B bonds, Dalton Transactions, Vol:50, ISSN:1477-9226, Pages:3782-3785

Mohamed NA, Abou-Saleh H, Kameno Y, et al., 2021, Studies on metal-organic framework (MOF) nanomedicine preparations of sildenafil for the future treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, Scientific Reports, Vol:11, ISSN:2045-2322, Pages:1-8

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