• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    1) In situ investigations of the mechanisms of electrochemical MOF coating synthesis/growth.
    2) Electrochemical applications of MOFs; catalysis, charge storage and data storage.
    3) Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition of 2D nanomaterials and their applications

    Personal profile


    Dr Stephen David Worrall MRSC was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry, based in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department of the School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, in August 2019. 

    Prior to joining Aston University his research career had been based at the University of Manchester. Starting with an MChem in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Andrew Horn in 2012 he then completed a PhD in Nanoscience in 2016 under the joint supervision of Professor Robert Dryfe and Dr Martin Attfield. This was followed by two post doctoral research positions. The first was in Atmospheric Chemistry, working for Professor Carl Percival and Professor Hugh Coe, as part of the APHH Beijing project. The second was in 2D material nanocomposites, working for Professor Sarah Haigh and Dr Steve Edmondson, as part of the DISCOVERER project.

    Research Interests

    My primary research interests are focussed upon the interface between metal-organic frameworks (MOF) and electrochemistry.

    1) In situ investigations of the mechanisms of electrochemical MOF coating formation.

    2) Computationally guided synthesis of new MOFs via electrochemical techniques.

    3) Electrochemical applications of MOFs; catalysis, charge storage and data storage.

    I have a supporting interest in developing coatings of two-dimensional materials; both for aerospace applications and for the synthesis of composite coatingss with MOFs for electrochemical applications.

    Additionally I have an ongoing collaboration focussed upon the measurement and interpreation of solid state vapour pressure data towards improving the modelling of aerosols in the atmosphere.


    PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

    PhD in Nanoscience, University of Manchester

    MChem 1st class (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester


    December 2017 - August 2019 Research Associate in 2D Material Nanocomposites, University of Manchester

    September 2016 - November 2017 Research Associate in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Manchester

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Teaching Activity

    CE1PCE Physical Chemistry for Engineers

    CH1PHC Physical Chemistry 1

    CE3112 Nanomaterials

    CH3RPJ Research Project

    CH3SNC Surfaces Nanomaterials and Catalysis

    CH30CC Chemistry with Computers

    CH30DC Demonstrating Chemistry

    CH30PT Frontiers of the Periodic Table

    CH3010 Catalysis

    ME4511 Hybrid and Electric Powertrains


    CEAC Liason Industry Club CLIC

    CEAC Master's Scouting Team CMST

    CEAC Retention and Engagement Support Team CREST

    Digital Delivery Team DDT

    Lead for Public Engagement and Recruitment Team PERT


    Year Tutor for CH2 cohort

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Anodic deposition of metal-organic framework coatings for electrochemical applications, University of Manchester

    1 Sept 201231 Aug 2016

    Award Date: 31 Jan 2017


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