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Materials Research Institute



Dr Filipe Vilela - Conjugated microporous polymers for photocatalysis


Date: 18 January 2017   Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Conjugated Porous Polymers as Heterogeneous (Photo)Catalysts
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

In recent years, Conjugated Porous Polymers (CPPs) have been identified as a new class of materials that can excel in a wide-range of applications including gas storage and separation, organic solar cells, water purification and catalysis, just to name but a few. These insoluble organic semiconductors with tuneable band-gaps and high surface areas are particularly suited as heterogeneous (photo)catalysts, and as such, have been successfully employed in a variety of chemical transformations. However, these polymers have several shortcomings that need to be addressed. Herein we present synthetic strategies that allow for CPPs to be produced in different shapes and formats; the development of metal-free synthetic strategies of CPPs and the synthesis of other types of photoactive polymers that incorporate the repeat unit of a photoactive CPP; and the introduction of specific metalbased nanoparticles into CPP pores for enhanced (photo)catalytic processes.

Location:  People's Palace - PP1
Contact:  Ana Sobrido
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