• 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 behaviour of nanomaterials at interfaces.

    1) In situ investigations of the mechanisms of electrochemical MOF coating and aersosol 2D coating formation.

    2) Computationally guided synthesis of new MOFs via electrochemical techniques and 2D materials via aerosol techniques.

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

    4) Photochemical applications of 2D materials.


    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

    CH1IOC Inorgainc Chemistry 1

    CH1ORC Organic Chemistry 1

    CH1PHC Physical Chemistry 1

    CH2ORC Organic Chemsitry 2

    CE3112 Nanomaterials

    CH3RPJ Research Project

    CH3SNC Surfaces Nanomaterials and Catalysis

    CH30CC Chemistry with Computers

    CH30DC Demonstrating Chemistry

    CH30PT Frontiers of the Periodic Table

    ME4511 Hybrid and Electric Powertrains

    SE4DIS Sustainable Engineering Dissertation

    SE4RES Research Methods


    CEAC Liason Industry Club CLIC

    CEAC Retention and Engagement Support Team CREST

    Lead for Public Engagement and Recruitment Team PERT


    Year Tutor for CH1 Cohort

    Year Tutor for CH2 cohort


    Early Career Researcher Committee

    HR Excellence in Research Award Committee

    University Senate


    Midlands Inorganic Network

    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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