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Alex Graham

Alex Graham
Project: High pressure studies of porous materials
Year: 6
Project keywords: high-pressure, x-ray, diffraction, MOFs, ZIFs, central facilities

Address: Room 85
School of Chemistry
Joseph Black Building
King's Buildings
West Mains Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3JJ
Email: a.j.graham *at* sms.ed.ac.uk
Phone: +44 131 650 4804

Project details

Molecular porous materials form an important growth area in crystal engineering; two classes of these materials are porous peptides and metal organic frameworks (MOFs). The basic idea is simple: can we use pressure to modify pore sizes, ‘tuning’ materials towards targeted absorbates? The aims of the work are to establish how much we can compress and tune MOF selectivity; establish the factors which determine compressibility; and use pressure to obtain new porous materials.