University of Gothenburg

Postdoctoral scholarship in Covalent Organic Frameworks

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg is offering a postdoctoral scholarship in Covalent Organic Frameworks. You will learn to use our newly developed methods to synthesize COF films with unprecedented quality and combine this synthesis strategy with ligand engineering to make highly porous and crystalline membranes. The placement is within the research group of Professor Börjesson, winner of the Göran Gustafsson prize in chemistry 2022 (the most prestigious national prize in science in Sweden), where you will get first class tutoring. Application deadline: 31 August 2022.


Understanding the Mechanism of Covalent Organic Framework Synthesis

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. You take projects within COFs from the discussion stage, over all steps in the project cycle to finished manuscripts. You will also be encouraged to implement your previous research knowledge into projects. This in order to break new ground within the broad research topic of COFs, and also to promote your abilities to conceptually develop projects, which is of importance in a future career as an independent research leader. See the following group articles for an introduction to the research topic:

Yang, Schäfer and Börjesson
Detachable All-Carbon linked 3D Covalent Organic Framework Films for Semiconductor/COF Heterojunctions by Continuous Flow Synthesis
Chem, 2022, just accepted, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2022.05.003

Yang and Börjesson
Electroactive covalent organic frameworks: a new choice for organic electronics
Trends in Chemistry, 2022, 4, 60-75.

Yang, Mallick, Izquierdo-Ruiz, Schäfer, Xing, Rahm and Börjesson
A Highly Conductive All-Carbon Linked 3D Covalent Organic Framework Film
Small, 2021, 17, 2103152.

Ratsch, Ye, Yang, Zhang, Evans and Börjesson
All Carbon-Linked Continuous 3D Porous Aromatic Framework Films with Nanometer Precise Controllable Thickness
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 14, 6548–6553.


GU 2022/1823

Scholarship period

The scholarship covers a period of 24 months.
Preliminary start date: 2023-01-01

Supervisor/contact person

Professor Karl Börjesson, +46766229099,


  • To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, the recipient must hold a PhD degree within a relevant field. The applicant must not have been employed at University of Gothenburg in the past two years.
  • Please specify your experience, knowledge and/or interests necessary for this project. A suitable background for the applicant is a PhD within materials chemistry. Thus, a broad knowledge within the hands-on synthesis and/or characterization of organic materials is expected from the applicant. Further is it expected that the applicant will have taken responsibility of research projects before. This will be evaluated based on the quality of first author publications.


Written application, including reference number, is to be sent via e-mail to the supervisor and must include the following:

  • CV
  • Personal letter stating the reasons why the study suits the applicant (maximum one page)
  • List of publications
  • References (2)

Application deadline: 2022-08-31

Information regarding scholarships

  • Remember that a scholarship is not an employment. Scholarships do not give rise to sickness benefits, compensation from the Social Insurance Office Agency or retirement pension.
  • The scholarship sum is paid out on two occasions.
  • Scholarships are tax-exempt.