Welcome to the Hybrid Materials group!

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We are based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (University of Cambridge), and focus on the the intersection of the hybrid material and amorphous domains. We also work on the thermo-mechanical properties of crystalline framework materials.

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Metal-organic framework glasses with permanent accessible porosity

To date, only several microporous, and even fewer nanoporous, glasses have been produced, always via post synthesis acid treatment of phase separated dense materials, e.g. Vycor glass. In contrast, high internal surface areas are readily achieved in crystalline materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). It has recently been discovered that a new family of melt quenched glasses can be produced from MOFs, though they have thus far lacked the accessible and intrinsic porosity of their crystalline precursors. Here, we report the first glasses that are permanently and reversibly porous toward incoming gases, without post-synthetic treatment. We characterize the structure of these glasses using a range of experimental techniques, and demonstrate pores in the range of 4 – 8 Å. The discovery of MOF glasses with permanent accessible porosity reveals a new category of porous glass materials that are elevated beyond conventional inorganic and organic porous glasses by their diversity and tunability.

Metal-organic framework glasses with permanent accessible porosity

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Porous Materials Interest Group

The organising committee for the annual UK ‘MOF and Porous Materials’ symposium have been assessing the feasibility of a new Royal Society of Chemistry Interest Group on ‘Porous Materials‘. However, to progress this any further, we need at least 50 members of the RSC to indicate their support and willingness to join the group, if the proposal is accepted.

The proposal can be downloaded below:

Porous Materials Interest Group Proposal

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If you are interested, please sign at the end of the document in the provided space, and emailthis to me at:

tdb35@cam.ac.uk

If you are not a member of the RSC, but still support the group, there is an opportunity to sign in a second table.