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Designing Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emergent Properties for Electronic Device Applications

Image: Professor Mark Allendorf
Professor Mark Allendorf

Date: 22 February 2018   Time: 10:00 - 11:00

'Designing Metal-Organic Frameworks with Emergent Properties for Electronic Device Applications' with Professor Mark Allendorf, of the Sandia National Laboratories.

Mark is one of the best known researchers in the metal-organic framework community and he will be talking about recent advances on how to make metal-organic frameworks electrically conducting, a field which is currently attracting a significant amount of scientific interest.

The abstract is here:
Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF)s are crystalline materials in which metal ions or
metal-ion clusters are linked by rigid organic molecules, creating a supramolecular
network that has permanent porosity. Unwanted “guest” species, which can be
solvent molecules or residual reactant, can be removed without structural collapse.
Once a MOF is activated in this way, it provides a highly ordered, chemically
tailorable structure that could serve as an active component of electronic devices
such as sensors and light-emitting diodes, or be used for energy-harvesting or
conversion. The vast majority of MOF research to date, however, focuses on
“traditional” applications of microporous materials, such as gas storage and
separations. This presentation will summarize our efforts to create MOF-based
electronic devices, using both the “welcome guest” concept, i.e., one that we
deliberately introduce into the pores, creates new functionality relevant to various
electronic device applications, including electrically conducting MOFs and
luminescent materials for radiation detection, or integrates MOF films with other
materials to create chemical sensors and thermoelectric devices.

Professor Mark D. Allendorf
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California

Location:  Nanoforce Seminar Room, Mile End
Arranged by::  Sandia National Laboratories
Contact:  Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi
Telephone:  +44 (0) 20 7882 7948