Assistant Professor Rob Ameloot, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Professor Christian Doonan, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Daniel Maspoch, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
Professor Kevin C.-W. Wu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Metal-organic frameworks, Coordination polymers, Mesoscale, Biological applications, Device fabrication
The recent advancement of science and technology has required to expand the progress on functional materials in the nanoscopic and mesoscopic regimes. Coordination compounds are an important class of functional materials, thus the current research trend in controlling both properties and structuralization in these regimes provides the opportunity to apply coordination compounds in confined volumes (i.e. less than a few millimeters) that we define here as “microenvironments”.
This symposium showcases the cutting-edge research related to metal-organic frameworks, coordination compound materials and related composites, which are “fabricated”, “characterized” and “used” in different microenvironments. The fabrication aspect includes new synthetic protocols that allow for assembling coordination building blocks in the spatiotemporally controlled manner, such as mesoscale synthesis, microfluidic devices, microdroplets and aerosol. The synthetic process and the resulting materials can be directly characterized by advanced microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques. An important additional focus of this session will be related the recent progress of these coordination materials for electronic, lab-on-a-chip, cell biology, therapeutic storage and delivery, and environmental remediation applications. Indeed, we expect not only porosity related applications but also intrinsic electronic properties stemming from coordination backbones. Connecting these different research aspects with new promising application will support the development and the progress of such as a multidisciplinary research field.