ALD and MOFs


Metal-organic-framework materials are laboratory-made porous crystalline compounds comprising an array of well-defined nanoscale metal or metal-based clusters or “nodes” connected geometrically by organic “linker” groups.  Our group works to understand and demonstrate how various metal oxides and other materials deposited by ALD can be used to promote formation of metal-organic-framework crystals and thin films for advanced catalysis and other applications.

We are particularly interested in how MOF crystals can be formed on polymer surfaces. The figure at left shows an example from our laboratory of a polymer fiber coated with MOF crystals, where the MOF layer was formed using a thin metal oxide coating (formed by ALD) to help promote MOF nucleation.



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