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Precisely Oriented Porous Crystalline Films and Patterns

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Project "POPCRYSTAL" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GRAZ
postcode: 8010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙996˙315 €
 EC max contribution 1˙996˙315 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-05-01   to  2023-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ AT (GRAZ) coordinator 1˙996˙315.00


 Project objective

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are nanoporous crystalline solids with narrow pore distributions and high accessible surface areas. MOFs are typically prepared in a polycrystalline form via the self-assembly of inorganic (nodes) and organic (links) building units. This bottom-up approach allows for properties such as, pore size, topology and chemical functionality to be precisely tailored. Such synthetic control has identified MOFs as promising platform material for device fabrication in the areas of microelectronics, photonics, sensing. However, current methods for fabricating MOF films and patterns cannot generate precisely oriented crystals on commercially relevant scales (i.e. cm). Thus, limiting access to applications that require anisotropic functional properties (e.g. optics, electronics, separation).

POPCRYSTAL will enable the fabrication of films and patterns composed of precisely oriented MOF crystals by exploiting crystalline ceramics to guide the aligned growth of MOF crystals. Remarkably, the scale of these heteroepitaxially grown MOFs is solely determined by the ceramic precursor which can be easily synthesized on areas covering mm2 to cm2. POPCRYSTAL will advance a proof of concept study by addressing the following important research aims: the basic understanding of the formation mechanism and rules governing the heteroepitaxial relationship (WP1), the extension to different ceramic-MOF systems (WP2), the control over crystalline porous film and pattern features (WP3) and the fabrication of a proof-of-concept that will highlight the importance of aligned pores for separation (WP4).

In summary, by exploiting the heteroepitaxial growth mechanism between ceramics and MOFs POPOCRYSTAL will fabricate unprecedented crystalline MOF films and patterns with precisely oriented nanopores and nanochannels. Thus POPCRYSTAL intercrosses and connects nanoscale chemistry, controlled self-assembly on a macroscale and nanoporous-based device fabrication.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Francesco Carraro, Jason D. Williams, Mercedes Linares‐Moreau, Chiara Parise, Weibin Liang, Heinz Amenitsch, Christian Doonan, C. Oliver Kappe, Paolo Falcaro
Continuous‐Flow Synthesis of ZIF‐8 Biocomposites with Tunable Particle Size
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202000678
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020-04-24
2020 Raffaele Ricco, Peter Wied, Bernd Nidetzky, Heinz Amenitsch, Paolo Falcaro
Magnetically responsive horseradish peroxidase@ZIF-8 for biocatalysis
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c9cc09358c
Chemical Communications 2020-04-24
2018 Andrew Tarzia, Masahide Takahashi, Paolo Falcaro, Aaron W. Thornton, Christian J. Doonan, David M. Huang
High-Throughput Screening of Metal–Organic Frameworks for Macroscale Heteroepitaxial Alignment
published pages: 40938-40950, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b14756
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10/47 2020-01-28
2019 Miriam de J. Velásquez-Hernández, Raffaele Ricco, Francesco Carraro, F. Ted Limpoco, Mercedes Linares-Moreau, Erich Leitner, Helmar Wiltsche, Johannes Rattenberger, Hartmuth Schröttner, Philipp Frühwirt, Eduard M. Stadler, Georg Gescheidt, Heinz Amenitsch, Christian J. Doonan, Paolo Falcaro
Degradation of ZIF-8 in phosphate buffered saline media
published pages: 4538-4544, ISSN: 1466-8033, DOI: 10.1039/c9ce00757a
CrystEngComm 21/31 2019-12-17
2019 Timothée Stassin, Sabina Rodríguez-Hermida, Benedikt Schrode, Alexander John Cruz, Francesco Carraro, Dmitry Kravchenko, Vincent Creemers, Ivo Stassen, Tom Hauffman, Dirk De Vos, Paolo Falcaro, Roland Resel, Rob Ameloot
Vapour-phase deposition of oriented copper dicarboxylate metal–organic framework thin films
published pages: 10056-10059, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c9cc05161a
Chemical Communications 55/68 2019-12-17
2019 Efwita Astria, Martin Thonhofer, Raffaele Ricco, Weibin Liang, Angela Chemelli, Andrew Tarzia, Karen Alt, Christoph E. Hagemeyer, Johannes Rattenberger, Hartmuth Schroettner, Tanja Wrodnigg, Heinz Amenitsch, David M. Huang, Christian J. Doonan, Paolo Falcaro
published pages: 969-977, ISSN: 2051-6347, DOI: 10.1039/c8mh01611a
Materials Horizons 6/5 2019-12-17
2018 Ricco\', Raffaele; Linder-Patton, Oliver; Sumida, Kenji; Styles, Mark; Liang, Kang; Amenitsch, Heinz; Doonan, Christian; Falcaro, Paolo
Conversion of Copper Carbonate into a Metal–Organic Framework
published pages: , ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI:
Chemistry of Materials 1 2019-12-17
2019 Ken Ikigaki, Kenji Okada, Yasuaki Tokudome, Takashi Toyao, Paolo Falcaro, Christian J. Doonan, Masahide Takahashi
MOF-on-MOF: Oriented Growth of Multiple Layered Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks
published pages: 6886-6890, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201901707
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/21 2019-12-17

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