Welcome

Welcome to Shane Telfer's research group website.  We are a team of synthetic chemists who design and make porous materials for applications in gas capture - especially CO2 - separations, and catalysis.

We are based in the School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand.  We are proud to be part of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Latest news      
July 2020
Adil leads a beautiful study on the thermal elimination of ethylene from cyclobutyl rings in MOFs in Chem. Eur. J.
June 2020
Omid's work on carbon dioxide capture by MUF-17 finds a great home in J Mat. Chem. A.
May 2020 After a lengthy lockdown period, we are able to resume lab work!The timing coincides with Ben's super paper on MUF-15 membranes.
Ben brought along the membrane expertise (and built the hardware) to make this research possible.
Jan 2020 Omid's work on MUF-15 is highlighted by the NovoMOF blog.
Oct 2019
Yiming joins the team as a PhD student sponsored by Massey and the CSC. It's membrane time...
Sept 2019
Have a listen to our recent radio interview. This arose from a CO2 capture exhibit at Te Papa, the NZ national museum, which has showcased our research to thousands of visitors.
June 2019 Subo takes out an award for his presentation at the MOF School in Italy!
April 2019
Our work on MOFs is generously highlighted in the latest MacDiarmid Institute annual report.  Read the full report here - it's really good.
March 2019 Our MBIE-funded collaboration with Tom Bennett gets off to a flying start with a paper In Nature Materials led by the University of Cambridge on MOF glasses.
March 2019 Working on gas separations is a lot of fun, especially when it results in a comprehensive piece of work. Here's Omid scoring a lovely goal in JACS.
March 2019 Over the course of a few emails Qiaowei and I realised that we were working on the same MOF. Thus was born FDM-8: Check it out!
March 2019 Our MBIE-funded collaboration with the CSIRO team underpins a beautiful paper on CUB-5 in JACS
Jan 2019 
We're thrilled to see Daniel's beautiful work on catalysis in multicomponent MOFs, well supported by Bernhard and Subo, pay off with a paper in JACS.
Jan 2019 Adil's hardcore synthesis efforts (ably assisted by Joel) reap the rewards with his paper on multicomponent MOFs with triazatruxenes as the threefold ligand. Now out in Chemistry - An Asian Journal. We're looking forward to the other papers in this special issue on NZ chemistry.

Dec 2018

The MOF2018 conference was a stunning success! Our group helped to host 630 international scientists in NZ for the week. Read more about the event here, and listen a radio interview with one of our high-profile delegates here along with a beautiful image gallery.

Nov 2018 
Our collaboration with Tom Bennett of the University of Cambridge and colleagues at CSIRO (and elsewhere!) bears fruit: Metal-organic framework glasses with permanent accessible porosity in Nature Communications. Nice write-up from CSIRO here and from  Nature here.
Nov 2018
Another aspect of the chemistry of multicomponent MOFs shines bright: Systematic Tuning of the Luminescence Output of Multicomponent Metal–Organic Frameworks in JACS led by Joel.  
Dec 2017
We loved speaking at the Whanganui Science Forum - check out this brilliant write-up.

Dec 2017

Read about our research on gas separation materials on The Spinoff!

Oct 2017
Students from China who are interested in pursing a PhD in our lab are welcome to apply for these CSC-Massey scholarships.
 June 2016 Check out this video from our collaborator in Australia giving and overview of the uses of MOFs. 
 Jan 2016 We are stoked to see our Nature Chemistry paper out online, made possible via excellent collaborations with our friends in Paris and Leuven and financial support from the Marsden Fund. Here's a summary of our work.