Enhancing the fracture resistance of novel porous glasses
Porous glasses and ceramics are promising materials for catalysis, separation and storage applications. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have structural pores that make them quite interesting for such applications. More recently, it was found that zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), a subset of MOFs with high porosity, can be melted and made into glasses. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the ToughMOF project is employing advanced experimental and in silico methods to address issues with these materials’ low fracture toughness and identify optimised glass structures with improved mechanical performance.