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Supramol SIGNED

Towards Artificial Enzymes: Bio-inspired Oxidations in Photoactive Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Organization address
address: College Green
city: DUBLIN
postcode: 2

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Total cost 1˙979˙366 €
 EC max contribution 1˙979˙366 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are key compounds related to energy storage and conversion, as their unprecedented surface areas make them promising materials for gas storage and catalysis purposes. We believe that their modular construction principles allow the replication of key features of natural enzymes thus demonstrating how cavity size, shape, charge and functional group availability influence the performances in catalytic reactions. This proposal addresses the question of how such novel, bio-inspired metallo-supramolecular systems can be prepared and exploited for sustainable energy applications. A scientific breakthrough that demonstrates the efficient conversion of light into chemical energy would be one of the greatest scientific achievements with unprecedented impact to future generations. We focus on the following key aspects:

a) MOFs containing novel, catalytically active complexes with labile coordination sites will be synthesised using rigid organic ligands that allow us to control the topologies, cavity sizes and surface areas. We will incorporate photosensitizers to develop robust porous MOFs in which light-absorption initiates electron-transfer events that lead to the activation of a catalytic centre. In addition, photoactive molecules will serve as addressable ligands whereby reversible, photo-induced structural transformations impose changes to porosity and chemical attributes at the active sites.

b) Catalytic studies will focus on important oxidations of alkenes and alcohols. These reactions are relevant to H2-based energy concepts as the anodic liberation of protons and electrons can be coupled to their cathodic recombination to produce H2. The studies will provide proof-of-concept for the development of photocatalytic systems for the highly endergonic H2O oxidation reaction that will be explored using most stable MOFs. Further, gas storage and magnetic properties that may also be influenced by light-irradiation will be analysed.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Debobroto Sensharma, Nianyong Zhu, Swetanshu Tandon, Sebastien Vaesen, Graeme W. Watson, Wolfgang Schmitt
Flexible Metal–Organic Frameworks for Light-Switchable CO 2 Sorption Using an Auxiliary Ligand Strategy
published pages: 9766-9772, ISSN: 0020-1669, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00768
Inorganic Chemistry 58/15 2020-01-29
2019 Tian Wen, Wolfgang Schmitt, Lei Zhang
An Fe( iii )-doped coordination polymer of Mn 13 -clusters with improved activity for the oxygen reduction reaction
published pages: 4794-4797, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c9dt00199a
Dalton Transactions 48/15 2020-01-29
2019 Colm Healy, Friedrich W. Steuber, Paul Wix, Lauren K. Macreadie, Amal Cherian Kathalikkattil, Wolfgang Schmitt
Assembly, disassembly and reassembly: a “top-down” synthetic strategy towards hybrid, mixed-metal {Mo 10 Co 6 } POM clusters
published pages: 3018-3027, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c9dt00075e
Dalton Transactions 48/9 2020-01-29
2019 Aramballi J. Savyasachi, David F. Caffrey, Kevin Byrne, Gerard Tobin, Bruno D’Agostino, Wolfgang Schmitt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
Self-assembled bright luminescent hierarchical materials from a tripodal benzoate antenna and heptadentate Eu(III) and Tb(III) cyclen complexes
published pages: 171-184, ISSN: 2095-0179, DOI: 10.1007/s11705-018-1762-3
Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering 13/1 2020-01-29
2018 Debobroto Sensharma, Paul Wix, Amal Cherian Kathalikkattil, Wolfgang Schmitt
Passing it up the ranks: hierarchical ion-size dependent supramolecular response in 1D coordination polymers
published pages: 5127-5131, ISSN: 1466-8033, DOI: 10.1039/c8ce01211c
CrystEngComm 20/35 2020-01-29
2019 Michael John Craig, Gabriel Coulter, Eoin Dolan, Joaquín Soriano-López, Eric Mates-Torres, Wolfgang Schmitt, Max García-Melchor
Universal scaling relations for the rational design of molecular water oxidation catalysts with near-zero overpotential
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12994-w
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-29
2018 Tian Wen, Lei Zhang, Wolfgang Schmitt
A Mn 13 -cluster based coordination polymer as a co-catalyst of CdS for enhanced visible-light driven H 2 evolution
published pages: 10857-10860, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c8dt01755g
Dalton Transactions 47/32 2020-01-29
2019 Luana Martins, Lauren K. Macreadie, Debobroto Sensharma, Sebastien Vaesen, Xia Zhang, John J. Gough, Mariah O\'Doherty, Nian-Yong Zhu, Manuel Rüther, John E. O\'Brien, A. Louise Bradley, Wolfgang Schmitt
Light-harvesting, 3rd generation Ru II /Co II MOF with a large, tubular channel aperture
published pages: 5013-5016, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c9cc00206e
Chemical Communications 55/34 2020-01-29
2019 Daniel T. Payne, Whitney A. Webre, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Nianyong Zhu, Zdenĕk Futera, Jan Labuta, Wipakorn Jevasuwan, Naoki Fukata, John S. Fossey, Francis D’Souza, Katsuhiko Ariga, Wolfgang Schmitt, Jonathan P. Hill
Multimodal switching of a redox-active macrocycle
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08978-5
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-29
2019 Guanghua Jin, Debobroto Sensharma, Nianyong Zhu, Sebastien Vaesen, Wolfgang Schmitt
A highly augmented, (12,3)-connected Zr-MOF containing hydrated coordination sites for the catalytic transformation of gaseous CO 2 to cyclic carbonates
published pages: 15487-15492, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c9dt02117e
Dalton Transactions 48/41 2020-01-29
2017 Ayuk M. Ako, Chris S. Hawes, Brendan Twamley, Wolfgang Schmitt
Facile adaptation of 1D Mn( ii ) chain motifs to form 3D azo-pyridine-based coordination polymers
published pages: 994-1000, ISSN: 1466-8033, DOI: 10.1039/C6CE02493A
CrystEngComm 19/6 2019-06-06
2018 Amy D. Lynes, Chris S. Hawes, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
Coordination chemistry of flexible benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide derived carboxylates; notable structural resilience and vaguely familiar packing motifs
published pages: 5259-5268, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/C8DT00439K
Dalton Transactions 47/15 2019-06-06
2017 Marcel Klein-Hitpaß, Amy D. Lynes, Chris S. Hawes, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
A Schiff-base cross-linked supramolecular polymer containing diiminophenol compartments and its interaction with copper(II) ions
published pages: 93-102, ISSN: 1061-0278, DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2017.1362108
Supramolecular Chemistry 30/2 2019-06-06
2018 Colm Healy, Wolfgang Schmitt
Multicomponent halide templating: The effect of structure-directing agents on the assembly of molecular and extended coordination compounds
published pages: 67-85, ISSN: 0010-8545, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2018.05.014
Coordination Chemistry Reviews 371 2019-06-06
2017 Amy D. Lynes, Chris S. Hawes, Edward N. Ward, Benjamin Haffner, Matthias E. Möbius, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Robert Pal, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide n-alkyl ester and carboxylic acid derivatives: tuneable structural, morphological and thermal properties
published pages: 1427-1438, ISSN: 1466-8033, DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00206H
CrystEngComm 19/10 2019-06-06
2016 Nianyong Zhu, Debobroto Sensharma, Paul Wix, Matthew J. Lennox, Tina Düren, Wai-Yeung Wong, Wolfgang Schmitt
Framework Isomerism: Highly Augmented Copper(II)-Paddlewheel-­Based MOF with Unusual (3,4)-Net Topology
published pages: 1939-1943, ISSN: 1434-1948, DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201501194
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2016/13-14 2019-06-06
2016 Chris S. Hawes, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
Flexible Porous Coordination Polymers from Divergent Photoluminescent 4-Oxo-1,8-naphthalimide Ligands
published pages: 11570-11582, ISSN: 0020-1669, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02137
Inorganic Chemistry 55/21 2019-06-06
2017 Bartosz Marzec, Lei Zhang, Nianyong Zhu, Wolfgang Schmitt
Bio-inspired synthetic approaches: from hierarchical, hybrid supramolecular assemblies to CaCO 3 -based microspheres
published pages: , ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/C7DT00914C
Dalton Trans. 2019-06-06
2016 Lei Zhang, Theresa Chimamkpam, Camelia I. Onet, Nianyong Zhu, Rodolphe Clérac, Wolfgang Schmitt
Anion-directed supramolecular chemistry modulating the magnetic properties of nanoscopic Mn coordination clusters: from polynuclear high-spin complexes to SMMs
published pages: 17705-17713, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/C6DT02642G
Dalton Trans. 45/44 2019-06-06
2017 Chris S. Hawes, Amy D. Lynes, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Gavin Ryan, Matthias E. Möbius, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
A resilient and luminescent stimuli-responsive hydrogel from a heterotopic 1,8-naphthalimide-derived ligand
published pages: 5989-5992, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c7cc03482b
Chemical Communications 53/44 2019-06-06
2017 Colm Healy, Brendan Twamley, Munuswamy Venkatesan, Sebastian Schmidt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Wolfgang Schmitt
Hetero-metallic, functionalizable polyoxomolybdate clusters via a “top-down” synthetic method
published pages: 10660-10663, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC05498J
Chemical Communications 53/77 2019-06-06
2018 Joaquín Soriano-López, Wolfgang Schmitt, Max García-Melchor
Computational modelling of water oxidation catalysts
published pages: 22-30, ISSN: 2451-9103, DOI: 10.1016/j.coelec.2017.10.001
Current Opinion in Electrochemistry 7 2019-06-06
2018 Debobroto Sensharma, Sebastien Vaesen, Colm Healy, Jens Hartmann, Amal Cherian Kathalikkattil, Paul Wix, Friedrich Steuber, Nianyong Zhu, Wolfgang Schmitt
CO 2 Adsorption in SIFSIX-14-Cu-i: High Performance, Inflected Isotherms, and Water-Triggered Release via Reversible Structural Transformation
published pages: 1993-1997, ISSN: 1434-1948, DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201800217
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2018/19 2019-06-06
2017 Kevin Byrne, Muhammad Zubair, Nianyong Zhu, Xiao-Ping Zhou, Daniel S. Fox, Hongzhou Zhang, Brendan Twamley, Matthew J. Lennox, Tina Düren, Wolfgang Schmitt
Ultra-large supramolecular coordination cages composed of endohedral Archimedean and Platonic bodies
published pages: 15268, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15268
Nature Communications 8 2019-06-06
2016 Theresa O. Chimamkpam, Rodolphe Clérac, Dmitri Mitcov, Brendan Twamley, Munuswamy Venkatesan, Wolfgang Schmitt
Structural variation in cation-assisted assembly of high-nuclearity Mn arsonate and phosphonate wheels
published pages: 1349-1353, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/C5DT04820F
Dalton Trans. 45/4 2019-06-06

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