"Microporous Metal Organic Frameworks:
Porosity, Functionality, and Potential Applications"
Jing Li, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers
Metal organic framework (MOF) materials are crystalline coordination polymers having extended network structures. A subgroup of MOFs are porous having pore dimensions within micropore region (less than 2 nm). Current research on these materials has revealed numerous interesting and unique functionality and porosity-related properties, making them promising for applications making them highly promising for practical applications in small gas and hydrocarbon storage and/or separation, heterogeneous catalysis, guest- and/or pore-induced magnetization, sensing and detection. This presentation will focus on our recent effort in rational designing and systematic tailoring of the crystal structures (e.g. dimensionality, connectivity, and topology), chemical compositions (e.g. the type and form of metals and ligands) and pore characteristics (e.g., pore size and shape, pore volume and the chemical functionality of the pore walls) of these materials to enhance targeted properties and achieve improved performance for several important applications.
Jing Li completed her doctoral study under the supervision of Roald Hoffmann and received her Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1990. After postdoc work with Francis J. DiSalvo, she joined the chemistry faculty at Rutgers University in September 1991 as Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, Professor I (Full Professor) in 1999, and Professor II in 2006. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Journal of Solid State Chemistry and Editorial Advisory Board member for Crystal Growth & Design. Her research is primarily on the development of new and functional materials potentially useful for clean and renewable energy applications. These include microporous metal organic framework (MMOF) structures for gas storage and separation, carbon dioxide capture, catalysis and chemical sensing; and inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductors for photovoltaics, solid-state lighting and thermoelectrics.