Prof Martin Schröder Awarded ERC Advanced Grant
We are delighted to announce that Professor Martin Schröder has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for €2.5M to fund a project entitled "Nanopores for New Molecular Nitrogen Chemistry (NANOCHEM)".
The research will study the adsorption, binding, transport and reactivity of N-containing substrates within the nanopores of functionalized and doped metal-organic framework (MOF) materials. MOFs are designable porous materials constructed from metal ions bridged by organic linkers, and the Manchester group has developed new highly stable systems that may act as molecular reactors for catalysis. Target molecules include NO2 with the aim of developing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx in the presence of NH3, urea and hydrocarbons. Characterisation of host and substrate-loaded materials will be undertaken using state-of-the-art in situ structural, dynamic and spectroscopic methods to understand structure-property relationships, supported by computational analysis and modelling. This project will deliver significant impacts to academia, industry and society of direct relevance to clean energy and sustainable environment.
Martin Schröder says “I am thrilled and delighted to be awarded a second ERC Advanced Grant, following my first which finished in 2014. This is a testament to the hard work and excellence of the PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and of our many collaborators contributing to this work, coupled with the outstanding support and facilities at the University of Manchester”.