MacDonald, John C.
Porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) consisting of crystalline coordination polymers are of interest as host materials for molecular sorption because MOFs exhibit permanent porosity, high thermal stability, and feature pores with high surface areas, large pore volumes, and properties that can be modified through synthesis. We currently are developing porous MOFs that incorporate photosensitizers (organic dyes) in the MOF backbone in an effort to develop highly sorbent materials that generate singlet oxygen in order to oxidatively decompose adsorbed organic guest molecules present in the MOF. This project focused in two areas: (1) preparation of a porous MOF containing a metalloporphyrin as the photosensitizer, and (2) investigation of a method to detect formation of singlet oxygen.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry