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Zhen Li will defend his PhD Thesis on Friday 23 Sept 2022 at the UAB

The PhD researcher Zhen Li, from the Inorganic Materials & Catalysis (LMI) Group at ICMAB-CSIC, will defend his PhD thesis on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 11:00 am at the UAB.

14 September 2022

Rational design and synthesis of water stable Metal Organic Frameworks using meta carborane based bidentate ligands and their singularity driven applications

Zhen Li, from the Inorganic Materials & Catalysis (LMI) Group at ICMAB-CSIC

Date: Friday, 23 September 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: C1/070-1, Sala de Graus, Facultat de Ciències, UAB


In this thesis, we have dedicated major efforts to rationally design and synthesize meta-carborane based ligands to construct a series of functional MOFs and further explore their property determined applications. Except for their excellent water stability, these carborane based MOFs displayed distinct properties, such as improved electric conductivity for MOF/PPy hybrid, sufficient open metal sites in a Cu-MOF, efficient carborane driven “antenna effect” in lanthanide-based MOFs and the inherited magnetism from Gd3+ in a Gd-MOF. In terms of these properties, several potential singularity driven applications have been proposed for each of materials.

Good performances in energy storage, catalytic activity, luminescent behavior, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been observed. The present study represents an example to further increase the diversity of m-carborane based ligands and the corresponding MOFs as well as expand their prospective applications.


  • Jose Giner Planas, LMI group, ICMAB-CSIC

PhD Comittee:

  • President: Josep Pugimartí-Luis, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • Secretary: Xavier Sala Román, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
  • Vocal: Felipe Gandara Barragán, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Spian

University: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
PhD Programme: Chemistry PhD Programme

figure abstract Zhen Li

Illustration for efficient anteanna effect of the carborane-based ligand in a mixed Eu/Tb-MOF and its time-dependent color variation

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