|Post:||Department of Chemistry|
|Memorial University of Newfoundland|
|St. John's, NL A1B 3X7 CANADA|
The Katz research group is focused on studying porous materials such as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Porous-Organic Polymers (POPs) for applications in sustainable chemistry. Our primary focus is to investigate Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which are a unique class of porous organic-inorganic hybrid materials in which inorganic clusters/cations are linked together via polytopic organic linkers. One example of MOFs is the MOF named UiO-66 which is formed via Zr6O4(OH)4 cationic clusters linked to one another via 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate linkers to form an infinite 3-D structure. MOFs such as UiO-66 are porous. This means that the space which is not filled up by the MOF is available for us, the researchers, to do chemistry on/in. The chemistry of interest revolves around studying gas-storage, gas-separations, and catalysis within the pore.
Students within the group will be exposed to a wide range of skills including synthetic organic chemistry to make new linkers, inorganic coordination chemistry to form the MOFs, and physical chemistry techniques used to study chemistry inside the pore. Thus, students graduating from the group will experience a wide range of techniques which will give them a diverse training perfect for the job market in industry, education, and academics.
Graduate and undergraduate students interested in studying the chemistry of/in porous materials should contact Dr. Katz for more information.