Professor Christian Doonan - Title Controlled Flexibility: A Strategy For Anchoring Molecular Catalysts In MOFs



The development of new catalysts is crucial to meeting the changing demands in chemical markets and to address environmental concerns presented by current processes. Our research is focused on isolating homogeneous catalysts in porous, crystalline matrices to afford well-defined active sites poised to carry out, industrially attractive, solid-gas reactions [1-3]. This talk will cover our recent work in the area of alkene hydrogenation and isomerisation and our insights into how flexibility is critical to support this chemistry


[1] W. M. Bloch, et. al Nature Chem. 6, 2014, 906.

[2] A. Burgun e.t al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 129, 8532.

[3] M. Huxley et. al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 6416.


About the speaker

Christian Doonan was born in Melbourne, Australia and received undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne. Christian was introduced to MOFs in the laboratory of Prof. Omar Yaghi at UCLA as a post doctoral fellow. Subsequent to this he moved to the University of Adelaide where he is now Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials. Christian is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and was selected as an emerging leader as part of the Japan–Australia Emerging Leaders Research Program 2013 and was awarded a JSPS visiting fellowship in 2014. Additionally, he is a frequent visitor to the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.