Designed synthesis of multifunctional metal-organic frameworks
University of Amsterdam
Engineering functional systems at the molecular scale is an emerging field. Molecular materials display new phenomena that no longer depend solely on composition and structure in the usual sense. Using well-designed molecular building-blocks, we can design novel materials with combined and tunable physical properties. The synthesis involves the controlled assembly of metal ions and organic linkers to form three-dimensional porous networks. This enables the combination within the same crystal lattice of porosity, optical, electrical and magnetic properties, combination which is not possible in the case of traditional materials, e.g. alloys, inorganic oxides or organic polymers. For such advanced materials, both chemical and physical stimuli can be used to tune their properties. Therefore, they can be used in sensing and switching.
Dr. Stefania Grecea is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. Her group develops synthetic methodologies for target-oriented preparation of inorganic and hybrid inorganic-organic materials. These materials are used in molecular separations and sensing, catalysis and as proton conductive membranes. Dr. Grecea is recipient of several research grants, including a Young Investigator Grant by the Romanian National Research Council, a Romanian Ministry of Education PhD Grant, a European Science Foundation Fellowship, the NWO-Veni and NWO Van Gogh Cooperation grants.
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