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The majority of research into metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) focuses on their crystalline nature. Their highly sought-after properties like microporosity and chemical & physical tunability are usually linked to the crystalline structures with long range orders. Recent research has revealed solid-liquid transitions (melting) within the family, which offers a new dimension to engineering their properties, on top of their high processibility.
This presentation will introduce some of the recent advances in this field, aiming to offer an overview to their great application potentials. Glass MOFs enable an avenue to generate a class of functional, stable and porous composite materials. We further demonstrated that the great chemical tunability of MOF crystals can be transferrable to the glass phases, which enables tremendous opportunities in their applications as membranes, drug carriers, optical devices and catalysts.


Dr. Jingwei Hou received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 2015. Then he conducted his post-doc research at the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology (2015-2017), and the University of Cambridge (affiliate of the Trinity College, 2017-2019). He joined the University of Queensland in April 2019 as an ARC DECRA fellow, and is a recipient of the ARC Future Fellow in 2021. Now he is a senior lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland.

Dr. Hou’s main research area is the microporous materials and their applications in separation, biocatalysis and energy applications. He has 1 book chapter, 2 patents and over 100 research papers. He has received over 6500 citations with an H-index of 47. Aside from his primary research, he enjoys hiking, videography, jogging, and playing the piano.

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