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





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 POST-DOCtoral 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 Davies by e-mail at with a copy of their CV.

***** 2021 PhD Vacancies ***** Two funded positions are available for UK or Ireland students to study in the group starting in October 2021. One position is on the development of MOF catalysts for hydrogenation reactions and is affiliated with the React CDT in the Department. The other position concerns the study of copper catalysts for trifluoromethylation and is industrially sponsored. For more details on either of these positions 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.





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

Lo Q, Sale D, Braddock D, et al., 2019, New insights into the reaction capabilities of ionic organic bases in cu-catalysed amination, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:2019, ISSN:1099-0690, Pages:1944-1951

Pugh D, Ashworth E, Robertson K, et al., 2019, Metal-organic frameworks constructed from group 1 metals (Li, Na) and silicon-centered linkers, Crystal Growth and Design, Vol:19, ISSN:1528-7483, Pages:487-497


Mohamed NA, Davies RP, Lickiss PD, et al., 2019, Mil-89 nanoformulation as a platform to improve pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment, British-Pharmacology-Society Meeting (Pharmacology), WILEY, Pages:3075-3075, ISSN:0007-1188

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