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EPSRC Reference: EP/I03255X/1
Title: Calixarenes: Metal-Organic Frameworks and Discrete Superstructure
Principal Investigator: Dalgarno, Professor SJ
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University of Liverpool
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 06 June 2011 Ends: 05 June 2014 Value (£): 354,752
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Structure Chemical Synthetic Methodology
Co-ordination Chemistry
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
09 Feb 2011 Physical Sciences Chemistry - Feb Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Polynuclear cages of paramagnetic transition metal ions can exhibit fascinating physical properties and have great potential in the field of single molecule magnetism and molecular spintronics. Supramolecular chemistry is defined as chemistry beyond the molecule, and involves (amongst other things) the design of molecular building blocks for the construction of novel structures that can be polymeric or discrete in nature. We recently discovered a range of new polynuclear cages that have interesting magnetic properties and that act as Single-Molecule Magnets or Molecular Refrigerants (molecules that cool themselves down when a magnetic field is applied to the material). We intend to marry these cluster types with new and large scale molecular building blocks to afford novel discrete and polymeric superstructures. The resulting materials will have tailored magnetic properties (depending on the cluster type we choose to incorporate) and we will explore the ability of these assemblies to play host to guest molecules (e.g. by the passage of molecules through pores in infinite structures containing voids, or in individual cavity containing molecules). The storage and separation of important gases within all of the materials to be synthesised (either organic or metal-organic) will be studied in collaboration with Prof. Andrew Cooper, head of the Centre for Materials Discovery at the University of Liverpool.Dr. Scott J. Dalgarno has expertise in calixarene synthesis and crystallographic studies on large supramolecular polynuclear metal cluster systems. Dr. Euan K. Brechin is a world leader in molecular magnetism and polynuclear metal cluster synthesis. These synthetic and analytical techniques will be critical in elucidating the structures and properties of the materials to be formed, and have already allowed us to determine the magnetic properties of the aforementioned metal clusters that display Single-Molecule Magnet or Molecular Refrigerant behaviour to underpin the work proposed here.
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