Prospect and Application of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Materials in Catalysis


Metal-organic framework (MOF) is a unique highly porous hybrid material synthesized from both organic and inorganic substances that assemble into crystalline networks. According to Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre documents, approximately 84185 types of MOF structures are reported and extensive research on synthesis, characterization, and application of MOF is published annually. The material exhibits distinctive nature beyond the respective beneficial characteristic of metal ions and organic ligands that exceeds the general expectation of a simple mixture of compounds. MOF’s hybrid compositions, adjustable functionality, and diverse structure have gained thoughtful attention for various fundamental studies and practical applications in the area of separation, sensing, and catalysis. Precisely, its microporous structures have a high surface area and pore volume that embrace great deal of application for gas storage, separation, and purification. Furthermore, the intrinsic properties of Lewis acid and basic sites of crystalline MOF have vast potential as a catalyst for various reactions.

Speaker’s Profile:

Dr Sivasangar Seenivasagam is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus, Sarawak. He completed his Ph.D. in Catalysis Chemistry in the year 2015 under the supervision of Datuk Prof. Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin at Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interest is focused on the area of Biofuel and Biodiesel synthesis, Value added chemicals and MOF application as catalysts in various renewable energy-related reactions.