Congratulations to Julia and Ben on their paper in ACS Applied Polymer Materials. The study shows the potential of our aniline-based conjugated microporous polymers for azobenzene dye removal from wastewaters, and opens up a wide range of new and exciting opportunities to contribute to addressing global challenges.
This post is also a great opportunity to thank all Faul Group members, collaborators and friends a peaceful Festive Season, and all the very best for 2023!
Dr Ben Baker, PDRA in the Faul Research Group working on the multidisciplinary emPOWER project (creating artificial implantable muscles) has recently attended the Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting in Honolulu. Ben was awarded a $500 prize for the best oral presentation in the SF13 (Novel Actuators) session. Well done, Ben!
Azobenzene-based materials have found applications in a wide variety of systems as a convenient method to induce photo-responsive behaviour through facile trans (E) to cis (Z) isomerization. Of particular interest are condensed matter systems; however, isomerization of azobenzene faces unique challenges in condensed systems when compared with dilute states This review explored the challenges experienced in condensed matter phases, and proposes solutions for future development of light-responsive soft-matter systems.
The work, led by Bob Schroeder, and first author Zilu Liu, describes how the thermoelectric properties of coordination polymers can be controlled by ligand design. The synthesis of three different organic ligands and their incorporation into organometallic coordination polymers with distinct thermoelectric properties is presented. Notably, it was demonstrated, for the first time, that the n- or p-type thermoelectric character of the OMCP materials can be tuned via organic ligand modifications.