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Dr. Jinxuan Liu


Dr. Jinxuan Liu



Substrate bound surfaces and interfaces

SURMOFs for proton and energy transport Metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films are promising and ideal materials for membrane separations, chemical sensors, proton and energy transport due to their extraordinary properties such as tunable pore size, high crystalline ordering and uniform pore distributions, which expand the applications for powder MOFs.

A particular important approach to fabricate highly orientated MOF thin film is the liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) process. By this method, SURMOFs with well-defined thickness, a high degree of orientation and absence of pin-hole defects can be deposited on functionalized substrates in a layer by layer fashion.

To utilize theses high quality MOF thin films, my research will focus on (1) design new SURMOFs with different metal coordination units and organic linkers on various functionalized substrates, for example, SAMs, Si, glass, ITO/FTO glasses; (2) integration of metal nanoparticles into SURMOF during the layer by layer synthesis; (3) investigation of proton and energy transport with SURMOFs.


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