Seminar Series

Silicon-Containing Linkers for Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis


Professor Paul Lickiss


Imperial College London

Time & Place

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:30:00 NZDT in Room 701, Level 7, West

All are welcome


The silicon-oxygen bond is prevalent in well-known porous materials including zeolites, organosilicas, and POSS hybrids, but metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) incorporating Si-O bonds are rare. This is despite advantageous properties of siloxanes including low toxicity, low chemical reactivity and thermal stability. In this work, highly-connected organosilicon polycarboxylic acids are described and applied in the construction of MOFs. The polycarboxylic acids themselves crystallize as unusual interpenetrated 3D hydrogen-bonded frameworks. Reaction of the acids with a range of metal salts gives rise to a wide range of MOFs often with unusual topology.  Their synthesis, structures and properties will be described.

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Paul Lickiss, Professor of Organometallic Chemistry, is interested in the chemistry of main group compounds, particularly organosilicon compounds.  Research is currently focused in several areas. Read more here