Design of functional porous materials

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
End date: 31/12/2013
Funding: 2600000 SEK


The current proposal contains three projects: 1) zeolites and zeolite-related inorganic open-framework materials; 2) novel metal-organic frameworks; 3) New methods and strategies for structure analysis by X-ray diffraction and electron crystallography. New functional crystalline porous materials with special pore structures and chemical compositions will be designed, synthesize and characterized. Structures will be built from molecular building units according to defined topologies. The building units range from inorganic clusters to organic molecules. The matching principles between different building blocks and the crystal growth mechanism will be studied in order to find optimum synthesis conditions. A database will be built to include existing porous structures and the synthesis protocols, which will be used to find the relations between the structures and important synthesis parameters. Specific functionalities will be incorporated in the porous materials, which can be used as catalysts, for gas separation and controlled release of small molecules. The crystal structures of porous materials will be studied by electron microscopy, single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, solid state NMR and other techniques. New methods for automatic complete 3D data collection and processing of electron diffraction data will be developed and used for structure determination of perfect crystals, crystal surfaces, defects and stacking faults in porous materials.

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