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Enhancing Crystallinity, Reactivity and Stability in Metal-Organic Frameworks Seminar

5 November 2014
Room 2001, Building 27 Chemistry University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Geoff Hyett at .

Event details

Dr Ross Forgan presents a seminar as part of the MAFS seminar series

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are comprised of metal or metal cluster nodes linked by multitopic organic ligands into crystalline network solids that often display permanent porosity. Tuning of properties of MOFs to suit specific applications usually involves incorporating ligand functionality, modifying crystal surfaces, or altering the metal-ligand interactions which assemble these materials. The seminar will broadly cover research efforts in our group involving:

1. Incorporation of functional groups to enhance reactivities within the nanopores of MOFs, and the implications of doing so on structure and topology.

2. Using amino acids as crystallisation modulators to enhance the crystallinities of MOFs linked by Group IV metals, significantly expediting their synthesis and facilitating detailed structural characterisation.

3. A subsequent in depth examination of the physical and mechanical properties of Group IV MOFs with respect to their stabilities under extremes of pressure, featuring two examples with highly unusual properties: the hardest known MOF to date and an unprecedented MOF which displays no compressibility up to 40,000 atm despite having high porosity

4. Development of novel manufacturing processes with 3D printers to allow high-throughput hydrothermal discovery, screening and scale-up during MOF synthesis.

Everyone welcome to attend

Speaker information

Dr Ross S. Forgan, School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow. Dr Ross Forgan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2012-) at the University of Glasgow. His research into the application of metal-organic frameworks in biomimetic catalysis and nanoscale drug delivery is underpinned by fundamental studies into molecular recognition and self-assembly processes inside nanoporous materials. He graduated with a PhD in supramolecular inorganic chemistry, under the supervision of Prof Peter Tasker, from the University of Edinburgh in 2008. A three year postdoctoral position (2008-2011) with Prof Sir J Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University, USA, saw him research organic interlocked molecules, chemical topology and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). He returned to Scotland in 2011 as a senior research fellow in Prof Lee Cronin’s group at the University of Glasgow, investigating hybrid materials and applications of 3D-printing. After 11 months, he took up his current position. To date Forgan has published 39 papers and 2 patents, and has given many invited seminars and lectures at conferences and universities around the world. He is also a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, for emerging leaders in science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society, and is an active contributor to their science communication blog Research The Headlines. He also currently teaches the Chemistry 1 Transition Metals lecture course.

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