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Radicals in Metal Organic Frameworks, a review in RSC Advances written with Dr D’Alessandro

The burgeoning field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been marked by numerous key advances over the past two decades. An emerging theme is the incorporation of radical species which may be ligated as an integral structural component of, or simply appended to, the material, or else merely a guest within it. Radical incorporation has been shown to endow MOFs with a plethora of unique and fascinating magnetic, electronic and optical properties, paving the way towards their application as spin probes, and in magnetic/electronic devices, chemical sensing and molecular recognition. In view of the rapid growth of literature in the area, this review highlights progress over the past three years (since 2011), and seeks to uncover promising ideas that will underscore future advancements at both the fundamental and applied levels.

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This week the University of Sydney host SANZMAG-1. The organisers say the conference “Aims to bring together researchers from Australia and New Zealand who have an interest in molecular magnetism. Whether you’re a magnetochemist in an established group, or an honours student with an unexpected metal cluster, SANZMAG-1 will provide a basic education in molecular magnetism from the fundamentals through to case studies of published systems by way of measurement techniques and sample preparation.”

I will be giving an ‘Introduction to Electron Paramagnetic Resonance’ on Wednesday morning at 9am in Lecture Theatre 4..

Applications for this year’s SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program are now being accepted!


Happy New Year! The photo is of members of the Molecular Materials group at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s 2013 Inorganic Chemistry Divisional Conference in December.

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A dual experimental and computational approach to the novel one-dimensional coordination framework (Zn(DMF)NO3)2(NDC)(DPMNI), where NDC = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate and DPMNI = N,N′-bis(4-pyridylmethyl)-1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxydiimide, has enabled the electronic and spectral properties of the neutral, monoradical anion, and dianion states to be elucidated. A new technique for in situ vis−near-IR solid-state spectroelectrochemistry, in addition to light-activated EPR spectroscopy, demonstrates that the radical states can be generated via electrical and light stimuli.