Synthesis and characterisation of functional porous materials for catalysis

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Chemistry


Porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are of particular interest due to their ability to provide large accessible internal surface areas for potential application in gas storage and separation. The identification of preferred adsorption sites as a function of gas loadings coupled to changes in dynamic behaviour of the framework structure represent important mechanisms for the sensing and discrimination of guest gas molecules. We have recently discovered a family of very stable MOF materials (MFM-300 series) incorporating isophthalate linkers. MFM-300(Al) exhibits excellent performance in selective carbon capture and hydrocarbon separations and, via collaboration with scientists at National Facilities, we have determined the structure and dynamics of these gas-loaded MOF systems (Nature Chem., 2012, 4, 887; Nature Chem., 2015, 7, 121; Nat. Comm. 2016, in press). This project aims to develop new functional porous materials with specific binding sites and high stability for selective guest binding, activation, and conversion. We will target a range of important heterogeneous catalysis by using porous catalysts and investigate the catalytic origins within these functional systems. The project targets on the research in the field of "Advanced Materials" and is aligned with UK research council priority area on "Functional Materials for Energy Applications" and "Catalysis".


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509565/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1781899 Studentship EP/N509565/1 05/09/2016 31/03/2020 Louis Jordan Kimberley
Description We have developed various direct and supported catalysts based upon metal-organic frameworks for various catlaytic reactions. These include the oxidation of benzylic substrates for fine chemical production, the conversion of woody biomass to diesel range liquid fuels and the selective hydrogenation of a range of compounds.
Exploitation Route The work done has highlighted the utility of MOFs in these reactions and further accademic research or induistrial utilisation is possible
Sectors Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport