New methods for controlling growth and orientation of metal–organic framework particles
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are versatile compounds made up of metal ions connected to organic ligands, forming one-, two- or three-dimensional structures. Despite their promising potential in many applications, researchers are still not able to manipulate colloidal MOF particles and control their orientation. Combining materials science, chemistry and physics, the EU-funded DYNAMOF project plans to enhance the ability to manipulate MOF particles by establishing the principles and working methods for controlling colloidal particles across a wide spectrum of materials. Exploiting MOF anisotropic ion mobility and polarisability, DYNAMOF will establish a flexible toolbox for both dynamic and static control over the orientation, alignment and deposition of MOF crystals, paving the way for major advancements in the performance of MOF materials, composites and devices.
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