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European Chemistry School for Ukrainians

We are organizing a “European Chemistry School for Ukrainians” and are very happy to invite Ukrainian students and researchers and beyond to attend it.  The school will be held online from May to July 2023 every two weeks. We plan to involve 18 internationally renowned speakers from all around Europe to give lectures on important […]

Understanding the Chemistry of Metal Oxide to Metal-Organic Framework Reactions for Morphology Control

At the beginning of this millennium, the advent of reticular chemistry sparked a breakthrough in the design and construction of porous crystalline solids with molecular precision. While this 
approach allows the design of crystalline porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) at the 
molecular level, a rational control over the 3D crystal morphology has not yet been achieved. […]

Magnetic sustentation process as a new adsorption characterization technique

In this paper we present a direct and low-cost characterization technique taking advantage on the intrinsic magnetic properties of paramagnetic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the in situ study of adsorption processes in solution. This method does not rely on the complex magnetic interactions that usually only emerge at temperatures well below room temperature. Instead, it […]

DNA Banking

The deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) represents the ‘essence of life’ and contains the most precious information of every individual, such as a person’s ancestry, health conditions, and traits. Although its decoding was successful already 70 years ago, up till now a simple, cost-efficient method has not been developed to safely preserve DNA without perturbations over long […]

How reproducible are surface areas calculated from the BET equation?

The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) equation for surface area determination is one of the most widely used and important equations in physical chemistry. Developed in the 1930s for non-microporous, open surfaces, it has since been used to estimate surface areas of a wide class of adsorbents such as active carbon, silicas, zeolites, and, more recently, porous metal-organic […]

Reticular Nanoscience: Bottom-Up Assembly Nanotechnology

In the last decades, the material class of reticular materials, i.e., metal-organic and covalent organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs), has attracted increasing attention due to their rich chemistry and usability in various applications. Downsizing them from the macroscopic to nanometer length scale significantly boosts the materials properties, which opens up even more unexpected possibilities. To […]

Visiting Professor of Functional Materials at the University of Lincoln

I am delighted to announce, on the recommendation of the College of Science, that the Professorial Committee of the University of Lincoln has agreed to confer me the title of Visiting Professor of Functional Materials. A Visiting Professorship is one which is awarded to a distinguished individual of recognised academic and/or professional standing, whose association […]

Human Frontier Science Program Grant for modelling the electric field in enzyme catalysis

An international and interdisciplinary team of scientists, comprising Stefan Wuttke from BCMaterials (Spain) and Steven Boxer from Stanford University (USA), has received a prestigious three-year Human Frontier Science Program Research (HFSP) Grant. The project aims to study and understand the physical basis of enzyme catalysis. Enzymes are remarkable biological catalysts responsible for driving complex metabolic reactions […]

Toxicity of Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticles: From Essential Analyses to Potential Applications

Owing to their immense design versatility, the number of novel metal-organic framework (MOF) structures and their proposed applications, especially for MOF nanoparticles, is exponentially increasing (Figure 1). But although the potential hazards of such nanosized particles have become evident, a systemic hazard assessment of MOF nanoparticles, including the evaluation of their toxicity as well as […]