This project involves the design, synthesis and characterisation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs) based on redox-active ligands and metal clusters which exhibit stable radical states that can be reversibly ‘switched’ using chemical, electrical or light stimuli.
The generation of electronically conducting microporous materials is one of the most highly sought after (yet poorly developed) goals in the field.
This project will involve the design and synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs) with stable radical states that can be generated using chemical, electrical or light stimuli. The opportunities for advances at a fundamental and applied level are immense, with potential applications ranging from new electrocatalysts and battery materials, to lightweight sensors, and new materials for energy-efficient gas separations.
All projects will allow students to gain skills across a range of techniques including synthesis (organic synthesis of ligands and inorganic synthesis of metal complexes and materials), structural characterisation (single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, solution and solid state NMR, gas sorption analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, SEM) and physical solid state UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy, electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, EPR, 4-point probe conductivity measurements).
In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1953