Metal-organic frameworks – From Academic Curiosity to Real World Applications

November 14, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Smokin Billy's
61 St Mary's Butts
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Dr Timothy Johnson presents Metal-organic frameworks – From Academic Curiosity to Real World Applications

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a chemical curiosity. By combining metal nodes with organic molecules, known as linkers, massive structures with unique properties can be created. These futuristic materials have a myriad of uses form selectively removing carbon dioxide from the air, production and delivery of new drugs and even protection for bacteria from harsh confines of space.

By careful consideration of the metal and linker combination, as well as the reaction conditions, it is possible to create an almost infinite number of structures and tune the material to a specific need. By understanding the metals clusters, linker functionality and the void space in these materials, disruptive technologies can be developed and deployed to improve the world those living in it.

Being a recent development in academia, commercial examples of these types of material are few and far between. This talk will highlight the fundamental work being conducted locally at Johnson Matthey and show how this learning is being applied to the production and testing of frameworks for real world applications.

Dr Timothy Johnson is a Senior Scientist at Johnson Matthey and leads the MOF research team. His role is to screen, produce and test MOFs and other novel porous materials for industrial applications. Having previously completed his PhD at The University of Liverpool, focusing on the use of doped metal oxides for the photocatalytic clean-up of waste water, he used this background in sustainable chemistry and material science to advance the use of MOFs commercially. Working closely with both industrial and academic partners he is also responsible for advancing JM’s fundamental understanding of these horizon three materials.

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