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Porous materials find versatile applications in different fields: heterogeneous catalysis, chromatography, adsorbents in environmental applications, matrices for enzymes and proteins (biocatalysts), or even as thin-layer dielectrics in microelectronic devices. The research group COMOC is specialized in the development of new ordered porous materials. An experienced research team currently consisting of 6 postdocs, 8 PhD students and 2 technicians run the different projects.

We are currently researching three major classes of materials: (1) ordered mesoporous materials made by templating with a surfactant; this includes polymers and metal oxides; (2) Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas and (3) Metal Organic Frameworks.

Metal organic frameworks (MOFs). Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of porous materials and are often termed as superzeolites or the next generation of porous materials. Their three-dimensional structures are self-assembled by coordination of suitable metal ions/clusters with organic ligands.

Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas (PMOs). By using a precursor with a bridging organic function, Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas or PMOs are obtained. These organic/inorganic hybrid structures combine the rigid silica structure with the hydrophobicity and flexibility of organic polymers.

Templated Mesoporous Materials: We make mesoporous ordered silica, alumina, titania, but also ordered mesoporous polymers and carbons.


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