Hybrid Glasses: Building a new category of glass for conductive, magnetic and optical applications.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Physics


Metal-organic frameworks are a topical class of nano-porous, high surface area materials built from inorganic nodes linked by organic ligands. Over 55,000 structures exist, courtesy of the ease at which they can be constructed from a multitude of different building blocks. Importantly, we have shown them to be a new family of glass-forming compounds - the first discovered since the 1970s, and exterior to the inorganic, organic and metallic categories known. This project will focus on synthetic routes to prepare functional MOF glasses containing magnetically active transition metal ions, optically active linkers and lithium and sodium ions. Structural characterization of the glasses produced will be performed, alongside testing of their conductive and optical properties.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R512461/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1948666 Studentship EP/R512461/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021 Joshua Tuffnell