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Metal-organic framework based materials for capture and degradation of toxic gases

The Salzberg Chemistry Seminar Series
When Mar 08, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where via Zoom
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Abstract: Metal organic frameworks have blossomed as an amazing class of easily engineered crystalline porous materials with properties overcoming those of classical adsorbents and catalysts. Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are amenable to fine tuning their pore size, polarity, framework flexibility and functionality by the adequate choice of metal fragments and organic linkers thereby determining the adsorbate diffusivity, adsorption energy and reactivity in the pore structure. Moreover, the wise introduction of functional groups pre/post-synthesis and/or the deliberate creation of defects in the pore structure can be used to further improve the properties of these materials. The ultimate goal of these strategies is to bring these materials into practical applications.

In this lecture, I will give a critical overview of some topics that have been addressed in our research group and the knowhow that we have achieved. A special focus will be devoted to the study of the impact of pore size and polarity modulation, introduction of defects and formation of composites on the capture and degradation of toxic gases and vapours.


Biography: Jorge A. R. Navarro, born in 1969 is Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Granada since 2010. His research is focused on the synthesis and applications of discrete and extended polygonal coordination/covalent/supramolecular assemblies with molecular recognition properties suitable for applications in the fields of environmental and biomedical chemistry. Special focus is in the use of metal organic frameworks for separation of challenging gas mixtures as well as capture and catalytic degradation of toxic compounds (including highly toxic chemical warfare agents). He is also interested in the use of porous materials as platforms for the controlled delivery of drugs.


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