Forgan Group News Archive


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17/09/2016 - Poster Prize for Isabel!


The group attended the 5th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks & Open Framework Compounds in Long Beach, California, and Isabel Abanades won a poster prize for her work on surface-modified UiO-66 MOFs. Congratulations Isabel!

29/07/2016 - New EJIC Paper


Our invited review on Postsynthetic Modification of Zirconium MOFs has just been published in the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, in their cluster issue "Metal-Organic Frameworks – Heading Towards Application". See our full publication list here.

12/05/2016 - We Are Hiring!


We are currently recruiting a 3 year postdoc to work on our ERC funded research into drug delivery and surface modification of MOFs. Interested applicants should apply online through the University of Glasgow, with a deadline of June 10th. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Forgan before 17th May.

04/02/2016 - ERC Starting Grant Success


Dr Forgan has been awarded a highly prestigious ERC Starting Grant, worth €1.5M, to run from 2016-2021. The funding will allow the development of new methods to modify the outer surfaces of MOFs, with applications in drug delivery and imaging. See our full grant portfolio here.

11/01/2016 - New paper in Angewandte!


Our collaboration with the Moggach and Morisson groups at University of Edinburgh and Bennett group at University of Cambridge into the mechanical properties of Zr MOFs has just been published in the prestigious Angewandte Chemie. The research, funded by EPSRC, shows that the choice of organic ligand in Zr MOFs greatly alters their flexibility and pressure resistance.

16/11/2015 - Welcome Sarah, Sabrina and Jake!


As we move into the new academic year, the Forgan group welcomes back Sarah Griffin, to start her PhD as part of the CMAC CDT, as well as undergraduate project students Sabrina Sacca and Jake McGuire. If you are interested in joining the group, get more information here.

27/07/2015 - New paper in JACS!


Our study into single-crystal to single-crystal postsynthetic modification has just been published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society. The research, funded by EPSRC, utilises the chemical stability of Zr MOFs to allow tuning of mechanical properties by a stereoselective postsynthetic bromination reaction.

21/05/2015 - Welcome Christina!


All change in the Forgan group as Christina Zitzer joins from the Universität Oldenburg us as a visiting researcher for Summer 2015. Final year students Sarah Griffin and Joshua Kennedy have graduated and left the group, but Sarah will return for a PhD later in the year. If you are interested in joining the group, get more information here.

13/10/2014 - The Forgan Group Keeps Growing


As the 2014 academic year begins, the Forgan group welcomes three new members. Isabel Abánades joins us from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, to start her PhD. Sarah Griffin and Joshua Kennedy also join the group as undergraduate students to carry out their final year projects. If you are interested in joining the group, get more information here.

16/09/2014 - More EPSRC Funding


The Forgan group has been awarded a pump priming grant of £12,900 from the EPSRC Directed Assembly Network to investigate the synthesis and stability of zirconium metal-organic frameworks. The project is a collaboration with Dr Stephen Moggach, University of Edinburgh, and Dr Thomas Bennett, University of Cambridge. See our full funding portfolio here.

31/07/2014 - Angewandte Chemie Paper Published


Results from our collaboration with the Cronin Group, where we manufacture high-throughut 3D-printed reactor arrays to use in the hydrothermal synthesis of MOFs, have just been published in Angewandte Chemie. See all our publications here.

21/07/2014 - Colin and Christina Graduate


Congratulations to Forgan Group undergraduates Colin Murphie and Christina McGuire, who graduated from the University of Glasgow this summer and have now left the Forgan Group. Christina's final year thesis has just been accepted as a Feature Article in Chemical Communications. Undergraduate Sarah Griffin has also joined the group as a summer intern. See our full group profile here.

24/06/2014 - Synchrotron Funding Success


The Forgan Group has been awarded funding of approximately £40,000 from STFC to examine the physical properties of zirconium and hafnium metal-organic frameworks. The funding will finance a series of high-pressure single crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments at the Diamond light source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. See our full funding portfolio here.

01/04/2014 - Poster Prize for Christina


Congratulations to Forgan Group undergraduate Christina McGuire for her well deserved best poster prize at the School of Chemistry end of year presentations. Christina's poster covered the surface modification of MOFs. See our full group profile here.

07/02/2014 - More Forgan Group Funding


The Forgan Group has been awarded funding of approximately £40,000 from STFC to examine the structural effect of ammonia uptake in metal-organic frameworks. The funding will finance a series of neutron scattering experiments at the ISIS neutron source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. See our full funding portfolio here.

30/09/2013 - The Forgan Group Expands


As the academic year begins, the Forgan group welcomes back Ross Marshall to start his PhD, as well as new members François-Joseph Yazigi (PhD), Colin Murphie (UG Project) and Christina McGuire (UG Project). See our full group profile here.

25/06/2013 - Ross Marshall Wins Academic Prizes


Forgan group undergraduate and returning student Ross Marshall has won numerous University of Glasgow awards for his academic achievement, including the Mackay Smith Prize for the most distinguished candidate in Chemistry, and the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the most distinguished Science graduate of the year. See Ross receiving his awards from University Principal Anton Muscatelli in our gallery. Congratulations Ross!

20/05/2013 - Latest EPSRC Application Funded


The Forgan Group will receive nearly £300,000 in funding from the EPSRC over three years to study the biomimetic properties of highly functionalised MOFs, with focus on catalysis and protein-mediated self-assembly. See our full funding portfolio here.

17/04/2013 - Dr Forgan Presents at ACS Meeting


Dr Forgan gave an invited lecture at the ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans, USA, a few days after an invited lecture at the Scottish Dalton Meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

25/03/2013 - Ross And Aurore Finish Their Projects


Forgan Group final year students Ross Marshall and Aurore Bleine have finished their undergraduate projects, submitting their theses and presenting posters on their research into functionalised MOFs. Ross will rejoin the Forgan Group on a summer internship while Aurore returns to France at the end of the academic year. Congratulations to both!

18/03/2013 - The Forgan Group Website Goes Live!


The Forgan Group is finally online, as the new website goes live on the University of Glasgow's pages. The website will be under development for the near future, keep checking back for new additions!


Home.  Contact: Dr Ross Forgan, A4-15, Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, 01413305166, ross.forgan@glasgow.ac.uk.

Updated 4th July 2018.