First generation doctors from LFIM

This November, two of the first PhD students that joined the group, Daniel Sun and Mehrdad Asgari, successfully defended their theses. Public defences will take place on January, you are all welcome.

Congratulations for your great job during the last 4 years!


MOF/polymer/catalyst composite for enhanced reductive amination of HMF 

This work has been published in Green Chemistry.

LFIM just reported a useful one-step procedure to stabilize and homogeneously disperse Pd nanoparticles while polymerizing p-phenylenediamine in the pores of UiO-67. The final UiO-67/PpPDA/Pd composite was employed to convert biomass derived 5-(hydroxymethyl)-furfural (HMF) into valuable chemicals through reductive amination catalysis. The proposed reaction was tested towards a wide variety of substrates, leading to conversion yields between 80 and 96% in only 2 hours. Remarkably, the recyclability of the composite was clearly improved (15 cycles) compared to commercial Pd/C (3 cycles).

Congratulations Vikram!


V. V. Karve, D. T. Sun, O. Trukhina, S. Yang, E. Oveisi, J. Luterbacher and W. L. Queen, Green Chem., 2019, Advance article. DOI: 10.1039/C9GC03140E


Spark funds Respyra

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funded Dr. Olga Trukhina with the Spark grant, which motivates the development of unconventional ideas in short periods of time. The project is entitled ‘Realizing the potential of plastic waste through chemical transformations (Respyra)’.

Congratulations Olga!


Dr. Olga Trukhina wins poster award at EuroMOF19

The conference concluded with the poster award ceremony. LFIM member Dr. Olga Trukhina was one of the six researchers awarded with the best poster prize.

Congratulations Olga!


Prof. Queen showcasing LFIM work at EuroMOF19

Last EuroMOF19 conference (Paris, France) included a number of excellent talks and posters, sharing very creative approaches in the field of MOF research. Prof. Queen contributed with an invited talk about the advantages of MOF/Polymer composites for heavy and precious metal removal from contaminated water.


Poster contribution at Energy Materials Workshop

LFIM researcher, Mehrdad Asgari, presented the results of his PhD thesis at the prestigious Energy Materials Workshop hosted in ESRF (Grenoble, France).

Well done Mehri!


Prof. Queen gives an invited talk at Energy Materials Workshop in ESRF

LFIM shares its experience of using advanced synchrotron techniques for characterization of porous frameworks in different applications.


LFIM communicates at SCS Fall Meeting

Dr. Shuliang Yang contributed with an oral presentation at the Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting 2019 in Zurich.

Great job!


The Clean Water Initiative is underway!

Daniel T. Sun wins two grants, the SNF/Innosuisse’s Bridge Proof of Concept and EPFL’s Tech4Impact Playgrant, to develop next generation prototype filter devices. The objectives are the production of clean potable water and the selective extraction of highly valuable commodities. Congratulations! Shinzou wo Sasageyo!


Poster presentation at Gordon Research Conference

LFIM researcher, Ilia Kochetygov, presented his work with NHCs at the prestigious Nanoporous Materials Gordon Conference in New Hampshire.

Great job!


State-of-the-art experiments at the Swiss Light Source

LFIM scientists conduct in situ total scattering experiments at BMX04SA, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen. Exciting results coming soon!


Major impact in the field by LFIM

Work published in ACS Central Science  by LFIM is highlighted as Top 1 % cited papers in the Chemistry field by the Web of Science.


D. T. Sun, L. Peng, W. S. Reeder, S. M. Moosavi, D. Tiana, D. K. Britt, E. Oveisi, W. L. Queen, ACS Cent. Sci., 2018, 4, 3, 349. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.7b00605


JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue 2019

The JACS paper about gold extraction using MOF/polymer composites has been featured in the 2019 JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue.

We are excited and pleased to provide an ACS Select virtual issue based upon the outstanding work of young investigators published in 2018 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This collection of Articles and Communications highlights premier research in diverse topical areas from around the world that is of broad interest to the contemporary readership of JACS. These carefully selected publications were chosen by the appropriate, knowledgeable JACS Editors on the basis of reviewer input and editorial evaluation.

—Peter J. Stang, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Omar Yaghi highlighted the work: “Gold extraction from wasted electronic devices is an important problem. Wendy Queen and co-workers report an Fe-MOF polymer composite capable of extracting ultratrace amounts of gold from wastewater, fresh water, ocean water, and solutions used to leach gold from electronic waste and sewage sludge ash. The MOF material has an exceptional removal capacity, 934 mg gold/g of composite, with high cyclability”.

Congratulations Daniel!


D. T. Sun, N. Gasilova, S. Yang, E. Oveisi, W. L. Queen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 16697. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b09555


A Mystical material for seawater uranyl capture

A first reaction paper highlighting the work by Guangshan Zhu group is published in ACS Central Science.

The very smart design of MISS-PAF-1, which can extract 99.97% of uranyl from a 5 ppm solution in less than 120 min, relies on the encoding of very specific, directional interactions for uranyl ions inside the porous framework. The approach can be summarised in three steps: 1) mixing of uranyl ions with salicylaldoxime molecules to create a uranyl coordination complex having a predetermined configuration of oxime fragments, 2) grafting of the complex onto the internal surface of the PAF-1 template and 3) release of the uranyl species via treatment with sodium bicarbonate. The resulting modified material offers suitable anchors able to achieve a desired local bonding geometry that is specific to the uranyl ion. It should be noted that it is estimated that 4.5 billon tons of this commodity are found in the sea.

In this article, Daniel T. Sun and Wendy L. Queen also emphasise the evidences of climate change and the necessity to move to sustainable energy sources.


D. T. Sun and Wendy L. Queen, ACS Cent. Sci., 2019 Just accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00675

Y. Yuan, Q. Meng, M. Faheem, Y. Yang, Z. Li, Z. Wang, D. Deng, F. Sun, H. He, Y. Huang, H. Sha and G. Zhu, ACS. Cent Sci, 2019, Just accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00494


Organic polymer inside MOF channels preserves porosity

The work is just published in JACS.

LFIM reported a novel approach that allows mesoporous MOFs to prevent from collapsing thanks to the controlled polymerisation of dopamine monomers into their cavities. This strategy was proved useful for the MOF family M2(NDISA), where M = Ni2+, Co2+, Mg2+ and Zn2+, attaining surface areas 5, 24, 50 and 20 times higher, respectively, upon post-synthetic polymerisation. The polymer were also used to immobilise Pd nanocrystals, which led to outstanding performance in Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling.

Congratulations Li and Shuliang!


L. Peng, S. Yang, S. Jawahery, S. M, Moosavi, A. J. Huckaba, M. Asgari, E. Oveisi, M. K. Nazeeruddin, B. Smit and W. L. Queen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 12397. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b05967

The publication has been highlighted in the EPFL website.