Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160103234 [ 2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Prof Christian Doonan (Chief Investigator) ,  A/Prof David Huang (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Christopher Sumby (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Neil Champness (Partner Investigator)

Brief description X-ray snapshots of chemical transformations in open framework materials. The aim of this project is to unearth structural insights into the chemistry of coordinatively unsaturated metal complexes – reactive species lacking their full complement of binding groups – by isolating them within a carefully designed metal-organic framework and examining them via single crystal X-ray diffraction. Such intrinsically reactive species play an important role in metal-based catalysis, but their definitive structural characterisation remains a significant challenge. This project aims to facilitate a detailed understanding of how these species bind and activate substrates and thus provide important first steps towards developing novel adsorbents for separations and efficient catalysts.

Funding Amount $314,900

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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