B32 Hybrid and Metal-Organic Framework Materials

No. Symposium Organiser Co-Organiser
B32 Hybrid and Metal-Organic Framework Materials Jin-Chong Tan
University of Cambridge, UK

jct33@cam.ac.uk (jct33 null@null cam NULL.ac NULL.uk)

Hybrid framework materials are single-phase crystalline compounds containing both inorganic and organic moieties as integral parts of an extended network, held together by strong covalent or coordination bonding. This new class of solid-state materials is now attracting considerable attention because their chemical and structural diversity offers opportunities for creating a wide range of technologically relevant properties. Dense hybrid frameworks have revealed a multitude of physical phenomena that are traditionally associated with purely inorganic or organic materials; these properties include photoluminescence, ferromagnetism, electronic conductivity, and nonlinear optical behavior. On the other hand, hybrid frameworks incorporating nanoporous architectures − termed metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) − are targeted for separation, gas storage, drug delivery, catalysis and sensing applications. In the current context, notably, hybrid framework materials are distinct from, and do not encompass conventional hybrid composites (that are composed of separate phases), supramolecular assemblies (bonded by weak non-covalent interactions), and inorganic zeolites (with organic guests in inorganic cavity).  This symposium will focus on the design and synthesis of hybrid and metal-organic framework materials, characterization and optimization of their chemical, functional and mechanical properties, and their exploitation for emerging applications. Contributions on experimental and theoretical aspects are invited.