School. of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

Multicomponent Metal-Organic Frameworks


Shane G. Telfer


MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Time & Place

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:00:00 NZDT in Room 701, Level 7, WEST

All are welcome


Synthetic materials are generally very simple, comprising a limited number of constituents. In contrast, complexity is a hallmark of biological materials, which translates into exquisite functional behaviour. This provides the inspiration for constructing synthetic materials using a plurality of components. In my talk I will outline how this can be accomplished in multicomponent metal-organic frameworks (MMOFs), a class of porous materials. We overturned conventional wisdom in the field to show that the design and synthesis of MMOFs with three distinct organic components is possible and that they have remarkable properties. I will focus on catalysis, and will show how the active site of multicomponent frameworks can be systematically engineered. This influences the catalytic properties.


Shane was awarded the NZ Institute of Chemistry Prize for Excellence in the Chemical Sciences in 2015.