Nanoporous materials based on calixarene MOFs for absorption applications

Project Details


The adsorption of gas molecules onto the surfaces of porous solids is one of the most important operations in the chemical industry. Recently, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) / a new class of nanoporous materials have been developed, and these have been shown to have exciting gas adsorption properties. In this joint proposal, we intend to investigate the incorporation of calixarenes, a series of cavity-containing molcecules, into MOFs. The potential interactions of gas molecules with both the framework and the calixarene cavities make these materials interesting targets for gas storage and for separation of mixtures of gases. This project will be developed as a vehicle for transferring expertise between the three applicants. Thus Drs. Burrows and Düren will learn organic synthesis techniques from Dr. Bew, Drs Bew and Düren will learn about MOF synthesis, crystallisation and characterisation from Dr. Burrows and Drs. Bew and Burrow will gain experience of gas adsorption measurements and molecular modelling from Dr. Düren. These new skills will be invaluable not just for the duration of the project, but also for the future careers of the applicants. It is intended that the collaboration that will start with this discipline hopping award will be long-term, and lead to significant developments at the chemistry-chemical engineering interface.
Effective start/end date27/11/0626/11/09


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: £53,716.00