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Radical MOFs and POPs: from microporous conductors to CO(2) capture materials


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.


Associate Professor Deanna D'Alessandro.

Research location

School of Chemistry

Program type



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.

Additional information

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: 

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree; 
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision; Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1953