The Forgan Group


The Forgan Group at the University of Glasgow was established in October 2012, and is always looking for new members - click the Join Us tab for more information. Click here to see previous members of the group, and some group photographs can be found in our Gallery.

Our current group members are:

François-Joseph Yazigi


PhD Student 2013-2018


François-Joseph joined the group in October 2013 after completing his Masters in Research at University of Paris-Sud (Orsay) and has recently submitted his PhD thesis on functionalisation of MOFs for gas uptake and catalysis.

Isabel Abánades Lázaro


PhD Student 2014-2018


Isabel joined the Forgan group in October 2014 from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, and is examining new methods for the surface modification of MOFs.

Sarah Griffin


PhD Student 2015-2019

BSc (Hons) Research Project 2014-2015

Summer Internship 2014


Sarah has worked on the introduction of alkyne-functionalised ligands into Zr and Hf MOFs, submitting her BSc (hons) thesis in March 2015. She is now a PhD student as part of the CMAC DTC, studying the kinetics and processes of crystallisation of MOFs.

Pantelis Xydias


Postdoctoral Research Associate 2016-2019


Pantelis joined the group in September 2016, working on the surface modification of MOFs as part of the ERC funded project. He received his PhD from the University of Crete.

Panagiota Markopoulou


PhD Student 2016-2020


Penny joined the group in October 2016, after completing a Masters degree at the University of Glasgow, and is working on the surface modification of MOFs with biomolecules.

Dominic Bara


PhD Student 2016-2020


Dom joined the group in October 2016, after completing a BSc (hons) degree at the University of Bath with Prof Andrew Burrows, and is working on the surface modification of Iron-based MOFs.

Sophia Boyadjieva


PhD Student 2017-2021


Sophia joined the group after completing a MChem (hons) at the University of Leeds, working with Prof Michaele Hardie. Her PhD focusses on decorating MOFs with biomolecules.

Alexander Thom


PhD Student 2017-2021

BSc (Hons) Research Project 2016-2017


After carrying out an undergraduate project on new methods for postsynthetic modification of MOFs, Ali began a PhD in developing MOFs as small molecule sensors.

Connor Wells


MSci (Hons) Research Project 2017-2018


Connor joined the group in September 2017, examining the endocytosis mechanisms of Zr MOF nanoparticles.

Christopher Coyle


BSc (Hons) Research Project 2017-2018


Chris is examining the incorporation of MOFs into polymer membranes for his BSc (hons) undergraduate project.

Josin Jose


BSc (Hons) Research Project 2017-2018


Josin is working on full characterisation of a new flexible Sc MOF discovered within the group.


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

Updated 15th February 2018.