Cellulose and metal−organic frameworks (MOFs) represent traditional and emerging functional materials, respectively. Cellulose, as the main component of wood, cotton, and other plants, is the most abundant biopolymer in nature. The use of naturally abundant cellulose to prepare value-added products such as sorbents, biofuels, packaging and building materials, flexible substrates and templates is of strategic importance for creating a more sustainable society. MOFs are porous coordination polymers constructed by linking organic linkers with inorganic ions or clusters, which demonstrate great potential in various applications.
The present project will focus on nanoengineering of MOF materials by cellulose to develop freestanding nanocomposites of cellulose-MOFs for their application studies in flexible energy storage devices, water and air purification, thermal insulator, flame retardant, membrane separation, etc.
The project will combine expertise in materials science, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, coordination chemistry, analytical chemistry, and environmental science. Detail experiments will be performed, including chemical modification of various types of cellulose, synthesis of MOFs and cellulose-MOF composites, and their structural characterizations and application studies.
The application should have basic knowledge in materials science and chemistry and should be interested in applying the knowledge in materials synthesis and application development.
For further information about the project please contact Dr. Chao Xu, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Ångström Laboratory