New family of gel-like smart materials

The Multifunctional Materials & Composites (MMC) Laboratory engineers metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, hybrid thin films, porous structures and nanocomposites for functional and structural applications from energy to healthcare. As long-term users of DLS and ISIS, RCaH is the ideal home for their materials via EM, TGA, UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy.

This synergy led to the discovery of a new family of gel-like smart materials that exhibit counterintuitive physical and chemical properties, or supramolecular gels that are hybrid materials constructed from the self-assembly of metal and organic components. This allows the electrical conduction and mechanical resilience to be tailored.