Metal-organic Frameworks for Sustainable Catalysis and Cancer Therapy

Seminar series
Inorganic Chemistry
When
Wed, Feb 20 4:30pm
Where
3440 Mol Sci
Speaker Prof. Wenbin Lin
University of Chicago
Department of Chemistry
Description

Metal-organic Frameworks for Sustainable Catalysis and Cancer Therapy

Abstract:   Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are an interesting class of crystalline molecular materials that are synthesized by combining metal-connecting points and bridging ligands. The modular nature of and mild conditions for MOF synthesis have permitted the rational structural design of numerous MOFs and the incorporation of various functionalities via constituent building blocks. The structure-property relationships of MOFs can also be readily established by taking advantage of the knowledge of their detailed atomic structures, which enables fine-tuning of their functionalities for desired applications. In this talk, I will discuss our recent efforts on designing MOFs for sustainable catalysis and cancer therapy.  MOFs have enabled the rational synthesis of single-site solid catalysts by not only facilitating the immobilization of known homogeneous catalysts but also allowing the discovery of new molecular catalysts that do not have homogeneous counterparts. Furthermore, we have demonstrated the ability to combine multiple treatment modalities into a single MOF nanoparticle for effective cancer therapy.

 

 

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