ALS user meeting workshop 2016

"New X-ray tools for investigating MOF and COF"

(workshop at ALS user meeting 2016 )

 October 4-5, 2016

ALS, LBNL, Berkeley, CA 94720


Chenhui Zhu1, Christine Beavers1, Jinghua Guo1, Martin Kunz1, Simon Teat1, Cheng Wang1, Alex Hexemer1, Howard Padmore1, Yi Liu,2 Omar Yaghi3

1 Advanced Light Source, LBNL

2 Molecular Foundry, LBNL

3 Material Science Division, LBNL and UC Berkeley


Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are compounds consisting of metal ions or clusters coordinated to organic molecules to form one-, two-, or three-dimensional structures that can be porous. Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are porous, and crystalline, and made entirely from light elements (H, B, C, N, and O).  MOF/COFs are stirring great interest, by virtue of their large variety of structure types and chemical composition as well very high surface area, which lead to various applications in gas storage (hydrogen, methane), carbon capture, gas separation, catalysis, sensors. Accurate structural knowledge is key to the understanding of the applicability of these materials.

At this workshop, we will discuss new x-ray techniques that have provided unique information in this field. (1) Grazing incidence wide angle x-ray scattering (GiWAXS), which can determine the crystallinity and crystallographic orientation of MOF/COF thin films, inaccessible by transmission techniques; (2) Measurement of gas absorption using SAXS to track and map the ordering of adsorbate molecules, thus offering insights into the selectivity and uptake capacity of the adsorption process.; (3) Single-crystal diffraction or power XRD at high pressure, which is critical to understand the structural response of MOFs to applied pressures; (4) Soft x-ray spectroscopy, which can explore electronic structure of MOF/COF upon gas absorption.

We will also invite scientists from both universities and industry to discuss the challenges they face in characterization of MOF/COF for the purpose of making real-world applications. 

Invited Speakers (tentative):

Prof. Omar Yaghi, UC Berkeley
    MOF/COF Frontier/Challenges

Prof. Osamu Terasaki, Stockholm University and KAIST
    In situ SAXS and gas absorption measurement of MOF

Dr. Craig Brown, National Institute of Standard Technology

Prof. Hans-Beat Bürgi, University of Zurich

Dr. David Britt,  Matrix Sensors, Inc. 

Dr. Tomce Runcevski, UC Berkeley
    "In situ X-ray Powder Diffraction studies of Metal-Organic Framework Materials "

Dr. Jeff Kortright,   LBL
    In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of MOF

Dr. Yi Liu, Foundry, LBL

Dr. Mike Brady,  ALS/MF, LBNL
    Soft X-ray scattering of MOF/COF

Dr. Walter Drisdell, JCAP, LBL

Dr. Cheng hao Wu, LBL

Mr. Yingbo Zhao, UC Berkeley
    MOF/COF thin films

Mr. Miguel Gonzalez, UC Berkeley

Mr. Mathieu R. Bosch, Texas A&M

to be confirmed:

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