Two dimensional conducting metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

This project will be to grow and characterise 2D conducting metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). Conductive 2D MOF networks are a recently discovered materials, resulting from square planar complexation of late transition metals and some simple polyaromatic hydrocarbon ligands. The MOFs will also be grown on insulating substrates and used for high sensitivity gas sensing. A correlation can then be drawn between the quality of the film structure with its use for chemiresistive sensing of volatile organic compounds. This project will form part of the WAFT collaboration, involving a number of UK Universities (www.waftcollaboration.org).

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