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​The Functional Materials, Design, Discovery and Development (FMD3) Laboratory, headed by Prof. Mohamed Eddaoudi, focuses on the development of new functional materials for different applications such as gas storage/separation or catalysis. FMD3 has an internationally recognized expertise in the fabrication of novel Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) employing unique strategies such as Molecular Building Blocks, Supermolecular Building Blocks, Supermolecular Building Layers, Zeolite-like MOFs that allow the design of new MOFs with specific structural characteristics. The ability to control the structure and chemistry at the molecular level allows the FMD3 laboratory to specifically design and fabricate MOF materials for many different purposes. Depending on the desired application (e.g., carbon capture, methane storage, hydrocarbons separation, CO2 conversion, etc.), FMD3 has implemented appropriate strategies for the further development of MOF-based nanosized thin films or membranes to meet the requirements.

Facilities

Single Crystal Diffractometer

Single Crystal Diffractometer is used to determine the crystal structure of crystallized material.

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Powder Diffractometer

Powder Diffractometer is used to analyze crystallized material (purity, crystal structure…)

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High-Pressure Gas Adsorption

Rubotherm ISORP HyGrA is a gravimetric sorption instrument used to measure the quantity of gas adsorbed as a function of gas pressure (till 200 bar)

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Vapor Sorption Analyzer

Quantachrome Vstar is used to measure the quantity of vapor adsorbed as a function of vapor pressure.

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Quartz Crystal Microbalance

Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) is a real-time, nanoscale technique for analyzing surface phenomena including thin film formation, interactions and reactions.

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Water Adsorption

TA Instruments VTI-SA+ is used to measure the quantity of water adsorbed as a function of water pressure (till 1 bar).

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Low-Pressure Gas Adsorption

Rubotherm ISORP HyGrA is a gravimetric sorption instrument used to measure the quantity of gas adsorbed as a function of gas pressure (till 1 bar).

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Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AA)

Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) is a spectroscopic technic for the quantitative determination of chemical elements using the absorption of optical radiation (light) by free atoms in the gaseous state.

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Low-Pressure Gas Adsorption

Quantachrome Autosorb-1C is used to measure the quantity of gas adsorbed as a function of gas pressure (till 1 bar).

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Fluorescence Spectrometer

Fluorescence Spectrophotometer is used to analyze the fluorescence emitted by a sample or a material.

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Fourrier-Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 FTIR spectrometer is used to identify the chemical bonds within a molecule or a material

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Degasser

Quantachrome MasterPrep Degasser is used to activate the materials prior to gas adsorption measurement.

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Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

Thermogravimetric Analysis Q5000-IR (TGA) measures weight changes in a material as a function of temperature (or time) under a controlled atmosphere. Its principal uses include measurement of a material's thermal stability and composition.

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Supercritical CO2 Dryer

Tousimis Supercritical CO2 dryer is used to replace by liquid CO2 the solvent present within cavities of porous materials in order to facilitate the activation process.

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UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer

UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer is used to measure the intensity of light passing through a sample or a material.

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