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IQTC Seminar: Carlos Franco

The Evolution and Innovation in Reticular Chemistry Exploring MOFs and COFs from Concept to Process

Monday May 27th 2024, 11:00h

Reticular chemistry is a transformative field that has profoundly impacted materials science, with applications spanning sustainability, energy, and medicine. This area of chemistry involves constructing robust, crystalline frameworks by linking molecular building blocks, leading to the development of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs). These innovative structures exhibit unique properties such as high porosity and stability, making them ideal for gas adsorption, water harvesting, drug delivery, and energy storage.

The presentation traces the evolution of reticular chemistry from early coordination networks to groundbreaking advancements in the field. It will delve into the processing and functionality of MOFs and COFs, exploring the synthesis challenges and recent advancements in creating these frameworks, particularly in developing nano and micro-scale structures. A key highlight includes the innovative use of COF and MOFbots—microrobots engineered by integrating functional nanoparticles with the targeting and locomotion capabilities of these frameworks. These microrobots offer novel solutions for targeted drug delivery and water treatment, showcasing the versatility and practical applications of MOFs and COFs.

This session aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles, historical development, and future directions of reticular chemistry, emphasizing the innovative processing and functionality of these materials in addressing global challenges.

Keywords: Reticular Chemistry, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), Microrobots, Materials Science


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