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New strategies for the formation of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D-COFs) on surfaces.

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Project "CustomCOF" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OUDE MARKT 13
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2019-09-30


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 Project objective

Organic chemistry, including polymer synthesis, has a great impact on society, since many consumer goods would not exist without these chemistries. Most often, organic synthesis is carried out in solution and, despite the fact that it is a proven powerful approach, new synthetic strategies are needed for the formation of the next generation of complex materials. One kind of functional materials that receive great attention nowadays are the so-called two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D-COFs). Basically, these are extremely thin films (one-molecule thick) that are often crystalline in two dimensions, and that contain nanopores. Potential applications of this type of materials range from superthin membranes to advanced electronics. This innovative project deals with the use of surfaces to template the formation of such sophisticated 2D-COFs. New synthetic approaches are explored, not only to generate the next generation of this type of materials with unique topologies and functionality, but also to conceive smaller versions of these 2D-COFs with a well-defined size. In this highly interdisciplinary project, we use atomically flat substrates that act as support for the formation of these new networks. These exciting novel 2D-COFs are not only of interest by themselves, but they also nanostructure and functionalize the surfaces they are adsorbed on. CustomCOF will provide an exceptional platform to acquire new knowledge through research and training, to reach scientific maturity, leadership and independent thinking, strengthening my team-working spirit, individual personal development training and my willingness to assume responsibilities and accept risks, which are always important assets to obtain high-quality results. It will offer networking opportunities and international collaborations. In brief, this MSCA grant will be a turning point in my career towards scientific excellence.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 David Amabilino, Ioan Bâldea, James Batteas, Peter Beton, Nerea Bilbao, Giovanni Costantini, Jonathan Davidson, Steven De Feyter, Yuri Diaz Fernandez, Karl-Heinz Ernst, Brandon Hirsch, Ahmad Jabbarzadeh, Robert Jones, Angelika Kühnle, Markus Lackinger, Zhi Li, Nian Lin, Trolle R. Linderoth, Natalia Martsinovich, Martin Nalbach, Claire-Marie Pradier, Talat Rahman, Rasmita Raval, Neil Robinson, Federico Rosei, Marco Sacchi, Mario Samperi, Ana Sanz Matias, Alex Saywell, Sebastian Schwaminger, Steven L. Tait
Probing properties of molecule-based interface systems: general discussion and Discussion of the Concluding Remarks
published pages: 503-530, ISSN: 1359-6640, DOI: 10.1039/C7FD90077E
Faraday Discuss. 204 2019-06-11
2018 Nerea Bilbao, Yanxia Yu, Lander Verstraete, Jianbin Lin, Shengbin Lei, Steven De Feyter
The impact of grafted surface defects on the on-surface Schiff-base chemistry at the solid–liquid interface
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03867H
Chemical Communications 2019-06-11
2017 David Amabilino, Ioan Bâldea, Olga Barykina, James Batteas, Pol Besenius, Peter Beton, Nerea Bilbao, Manfred Buck, Lifeng Chi, Stuart Clarke, Giovanni Costantini, Jonathan Davidson, Philip Davies, Steven De Feyter, Yuri Diaz Fernandez, Deepak Dwivedi, Karl-Heinz Ernst, Amar Flood, Julien Gautrot, Ahmad Jabbarzadeh, Vladimir Korolkov, Angelika Kühnle, Markus Lackinger, Claire-Marie Pradier, Talat Rahman, Rasmita Raval, Sebastian Schwaminger, Johannes Seibel, Steven L. Tait, Joan Teyssandier, Han Zuilhof
Preparing macromolecular systems on surfaces: general discussion
published pages: 395-418, ISSN: 1359-6640, DOI: 10.1039/C7FD90076G
Faraday Discuss. 204 2019-06-11

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