David Perl

Doctor of Philosophy, (Chemistry)
Study Completed: 2020
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Hetero-Interpenetrated Metal-Organic Frameworks: Supramolecular interactions between ligands in metal-organic framework formation

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Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a kind of crystalline sponge, made from a combination of organic molecules with metal ions. MOFs are a nanomaterial with a regular structure consisting of tiny pores the size of molecules. The size and shape of the pores determines what kind of chemicals they can absorb. Controlling the size and shape of those pores therefore gives control over their absorption. If they absorb one thing but not another, they can be used to separate those things. Control of the pores therefore allows MOFs to be tailored to a specific application. The organic component can often be modified without changing the overall structure, giving fine control over their pore shape. Mr Perl created some MOFs which are interwoven mixtures of two others. These MOFs thus have two sets of organic components which can be modified, giving finer control over the pore size and shape.

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