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Biomineral-inspired growth and processing of metal-organic frameworks

Objective

This ERC-StG proposal, BIOMOF, outlines a dual strategy for the growth and processing of porous metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, inspired by the interfacial interactions that characterise highly controlled biomineralisation processes. The aim is to prepare MOF (bio)-composite materials of hierarchical structure and multi-modal functionality to address key societal challenges in healthcare, catalysis and energy. In order for MOFs to reach their full potential, a transformative approach to their growth, and in particular their processability, is required since the insoluble macroscopic micron-sized crystals resulting from conventional syntheses are unsuitable for many applications. The BIOMOF project defines chemically flexible routes to MOFs under mild conditions, where the added value with respect to wide-ranging experimental procedures for the growth and processing of crystalline controllably nanoscale MOF materials with tunable structure and functionality that display significant porosity for wide-ranging applications is extremely high. Theme 1 exploits protein vesicles and abundant biopolymer matrices for the confined growth of soluble nanoscale MOFs for high-end biomedical applications such as cell imaging and targeted drug delivery, whereas theme 2 focuses on the cost-effective preparation of hierarchically porous MOF composites over several length scales, of relevance to bulk industrial applications such as sustainable catalysis, separations and gas-storage. This diverse yet complementary range of applications arising simply from the way the MOF is processed, coupled with the versatile structural and physical properties of MOFs themselves indicates strongly that the BIOMOF concept is a powerful convergent new approach to applied materials chemistry.

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-StG_20091028
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 283 162
Principal investigator
Darren Bradshaw (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 283 162
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Darren Bradshaw (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 808
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lynsey Keig (Ms.)