In addition to looking at POSS based dendrimers, we investigate ways of linking POSS cubes and other cubic motifs together to create framework structures. From starting materials such as phenyl POSS, chloropropyPOSS, we investigate methods of installing functional groups suitable for formation of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) or reactions to create Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs). Other structural motifs such as copper-iodide cages are also used. These materials are characterised by x-ray diffraction and the ultimate goal is to grow single crystals so the full structure can be determined.
14/15: Matt and Hannah
13/14: Gillian (continued into MPhil)