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Bernal Institute Research Forum

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Duration: One hour
Contact: Joan O'Riordan -
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension, Ireland

Dr Christopher Richardson, School of Chemistry – Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Thermally-promoted Post-synthetic Reactions in Metal-organic Frameworks.

The ability to functionalise metal-organic frameworks after their formation is a decided advantage for tuning the properties and thereby enhancing the performance of these materials. This process, known as post-synthetic modification (PSM), has become very important to the field over the past 10 or so years. Our aim in this area has been to establish thermal reagentless methods of PSM and demonstrate the benefits of this approach. In this talk, results from Dr Richardson’s group work (1-4) will be presented which have centered on the use of porous functionalized IRMOF-9 analogues, followed by discussion on the benefits as well as the group’s future direction in this area.

1. A. D. Burrows, S. O. Hunter, M. F. Mahon and C. Richardson “A reagentless thermal post-synthetic rearrangement of an allyloxy-tagged metal–organic framework” Chem. Commun. 49, 990 (2013).
2. L. Tshering, S. O. Hunter, A. Nikolich, E. Minato, C. M. Fitchett, D. M. D'Alessandro and C. Richardson “Post-synthetic pore-space expansion in a ditagged metal-organic framework” CrystEngComm 16, 9158 (2014).
3. M. R. Bryant and C. Richardson “Thermally-promoted post-synthetic Pummerer chemistry in a sulfoxide-functionalized metal–organic framework” CrystEngComm, 17, 8858 (2015).
4. T. A. Ablott, M. Turzer, S. G. Telfer and C. Richardson “High temperature postsynthetic rearrangement of dimethylthiocarbamate-functionalized metal-organic frameworks” Cryst. Growth. Des., 16, 7067 (2016).

Christopher Richardson grew up on New Zealand’s rugged and beautiful West Coast. He received his undergraduate chemical education from the University of Canterbury and graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from the same institution in 2000. Postdoctoral appointments at the University of California at Riverside on porphyrins and super acids and in the United Kingdom in crystal engineering were punctuated with time working for Pfizer. He began his independent career at the Australian National University in 2010 before moving coastward to the University of Wollongong where he is now a Senior Lecturer. His research interests are porous crystals, particularly metal-organic frameworks, and their chemistry.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND Tea/coffee will be available at 11h45
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