DESCRIPTION OF THE GROUP
This group specializes in organic synthesis, applied in two main fields: supramolecular chemistry and construction of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are defined as crystals containing voids of nanoscopic size (cavities, channels etc.).Supramolecular chemistry or “above the molecule” chemistry is an interdisciplinary branch of studies, at the interface of chemistry, biology and physics. It tackles phenomena, in which intermolecular forces are crucial. Hence, supramolecular chemistry lies behind both biology and nanotechnology.
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are crystal, porous, 3 dimensional coordination polymers, in which inorganic building units are bound by organic linkers. Thanks to the proper selection of organic ligands and metal centers, MOFs can be used for gas storage, especially hydrogen and methane, as drug carriers, in ion exchange, in sensor technology, in non-linear optics, as magnetic and luminescent materials and in many more branches of science and technology. Moreover, MOFs provide unique microhabitat for catalysis, which resemble enzyme interior.