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The research project is aimed towards the development of new heterogeneous catalysts for oligo- and polymerizations of olefins and other monomers. The main idea is to combine the high activity and selectivity of homogeneous single site catalysts with the exceptional size-exclusion effect of metal-organic frameworks. The precise adjustment of pore structure in 3D MOFs is expected to become a perfect tool to control the surrounding of the active centers during the oligo-/poly-merization, and thus, to control the chemo-, regio- and stereo-selectivity of the processes, predetermining the microstructure of the products.

One of the main challenges of the project is the design of MOF architectures incorporating the accessible catalytic centers with a defined chemical structure. Several parameters such as composition and geometry of building blocks, chemical reactivity of components, conditions of synthesis, etc. should be compliant to achieve the reproducible formation of MOFs with the desired properties. A number of synthetic strategies including the so called “pillaring approach” will be tested in this respect.

Polymerization experiments with thus prepared MOF-based molecular-defined heterogeneous catalysts (MDHC) and the consequent analysis of distributions of products parameters such as molecular weight, branching, regio- and stereo-regularity should reveal the efficiency of the proposed approach and, perhaps, validate it for potential research or industrial applications. For example, it is expected to influence the Schulz-Flory distribution of the oligo- and polymer products in higher -olefin formation processes from ethylene by control of the MOF-channel size. Consecutive studies will transfer the idea of MDHCs to further improve regio-, stereo- and enantio-selectivity of other catalytic organometallic transformations.

IGSSE setup of interdisciplinary research in project teams

Apply now: 12th call for proposals

IGSSE supports up to 10 new project teams

Call closes 2 July 2017


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


Climate-KIC: Join the PhD Catapult

Two-week thematic summer schools across Europe


IAS Symposium: Selected topics in science and technology

8-10 May 2017, IAS Building, Garching Campus


IAS Coffee Talk with PTL Florian Praetorius

3 May 2017, 1 pm, TUM IAS Building, Garching Campus


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Friday, 09. June 2017
Workshop: Standing up for science
9 June 2017, 9am-4pm, Brussels
Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium
9-11 June 2017, Berlin For doctoral researchers and postdocs!