The escalating level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is one of the most critical environmental concerns of our age. The development of new materials and processes for the capture and use of carbon dioxide is one of the foremost challenges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Amongst several candidate groups of new materials for CO2 capture, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a very promising class of materials, possessing an enormous structural and chemical diversity.
Our multidisciplinary research team is drawn from seven institutions and from disciplines ranging over theoretical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, mathematics and chemical engineering. We have identified four key challenges requiring research in order to capture and use CO2 on an industrial scale with MOF-based devices. Each of these will be the focus of one of our four research teams.
Our challenges are:
- the synthesis of novel MOF materials with exceptional CO2 separation capacities
- the development of MOF materials with catalytic abilities for CO2 conversion into usable products
- the scale-up and fabrication of membrane-based devices for integration of MOFs into industrial platforms
- the modelling, prediction and advanced characterisation of these new materials.
Latest News & Events
European collaboration established
14th March 2014: We are delighted to announce a collaboration with the M4CO2 consortium, a four year research project funded under the European Union's 7th Framework Programme. This will allow linkages to be established between Australian and European research groups developing MOF-based mixed-matrix membranes for CO2 separation.
18th February 2014: A database listing the structure and properties of all the new materials synthesised by the CO2MOF team has been released.
New paper in JACS
12th June 2013: Collaborators from the University of Adelaide and CSIRO have reported a novel compound with exceptional selectivity for CO2 over N2, published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society.
"Solar sponge" soaks up CO2 emissions
10th February 2013: CO2MOF researchers have published a paper in Angewandte Chemie describing a MOF with light-sensitive CO2 adsorption. The work was classed by this eminent journal as a "Very Important Paper" (top 5%). Read more from Monash and CSIRO.