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





** Update July 2022: PhD vacancy in copper catalysis for Oct 2022 entry still available (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.

***** 2022 PhD Vacancies ***** We still have a vacancy for a student to work on a Syngenta funded project on the study of copper catalysts for trifluoromethylation. The position is  available for UK or Ireland students to study in the group starting in October 2022.  The project is affiliated with the React CDT in the Department and comes with four year funding for stipend and fees (UK or Ireland applications 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.





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

Delmas LC, White AJP, Pugh D, et al., 2020, Stable metal-organic frameworks with low water affinity built from methyl-siloxane linkers, Chemical Communications, Vol:56, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:7905-7908

Al-Ansari DE, Mohamed NA, Marei I, et al., 2020, Internalization of Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticles in Human Vascular Cells: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Therapy, Nanomaterials, Vol:10

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