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3 August 2020

JCT won The 2020 ISIS Impact Award: Science

27 July 2020

Arun Babal's research featured on the cover of Advanced Materials Interfaces 


24 July 2020

Barbara Souza won the poster competition held on Twitter by RSC Porous Materials Interest Group.

9 JULY 2020

EU Research Magazine spoke to Professor Jin-Chong Tan about the work of the PROMOFS ERC project in discovering and characterising new Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), research which holds wider relevance to several areas of industry

29 June 2020

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source — Science Highlight: "A greener route to drug encapsulated MOFs"

26 June 2020

Diamond Light Source — Science Highlight: "A polymer coating makes Metal Organic Frameworks better at delivering drugs"

8 June 2020

Barbara Souza's research being featured on the Front Cover of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

27 April 2020

JCT awarded the prestigious ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2020. The funded project called LUMIVOCS will develop a portable luminescent sensor application. For more details - Oxford Engineering Science Dept press release.

21 April 2020

Abhijeet's research on the application of 3D printing to engineer 'dual-guest' luminescent MOF nanocrystals embedded in a commercial photopolymer has been published as the Inside Front Cover of the 17th April issue of Advanced Optical Materials.






9 March 2020

Annika Moeslein attended the STEM for Britain 2020 poster competition held in the House of Commons, on 9th March 2020. She presented her research on "Detecting Nanoplastics in the Ocean"


6 February 2020

Dr Mario Gutierrez gave a seminar entitled "Designing luminescent MOF materials and composites for solid-state lighting and sensing applications" in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford.

6 January 2020

 Yang Zhang presented his poster at the Quantum Dot Day 2020 held on the 6th Jan 2020, in Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford.

1 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Yueting Sun for new appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.




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13 November 2019

JCT gave a talk on "Nanoporous Frameworks for Nanofluidic Mechanical Damping" at the Institute of Physics (IOP).



27 October 2019

Yueting Sun and Barbara Souza presented an Oral and a Poster, respectively, at EuroMOF2019 held in Paris.


14 October 2019

Congratulations to Kirill Titov for passing his DPhil viva on the 14th October 2019. His thesis is entitled "Towards practical metal-organic framework materials: Operando and in situ studies by leveraging synchrotron and neutron sources"

23 September 2019

Barbara Souza gave an Oral presentation at the 10th edition of International Workshop on Infrared Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Accelerator Based Sources – WIRMS 2019, held in Brazil from 23-27 September 2019. Her talk was on "Real time in situ monitoring of drug release from metal organic framework nanocomposites via synchrotron microspectroscopy"

8 July 2019

Nanocomposites research featured on Materials Today - our research featured on Materials Today: "Nanocrystals that improve the transport and storage of fresh produce". Work done in collaboration with Prof Joaquin Silvestre-Albero from the University of Alicante. 

23 May 2019

Our research on drug@MOF composites has been featured on the ISIS Science News. You can read about the full story here


10 May 2019

Congratulations to Barbara Souza for winning the David Cockayne Centre for Electron Microscopy - 2019 Image Competition.

24 April 2019

Oxford Photonics Day 2019JCT gave an invited talk entitled "Engineering the optoelectronic properties of metal-organic framework (MOF) composites" 

10 April 2019

JCT and Annika Moeslein attended the 1st MOFSIM2019 Workshop, held in Ghent from 10-12 April 2019. JCT gave an invited talk entitled "Mechanics of MOF Crystals: Anisotropic Elasticity & Co-operative Dynamics". Annika presented a poster on her research employing nanoindentation and near-field nanospectroscopy. Link: Picture gallery of the workshop

13 March 2019

Barbara Souza attended the Parliament on 13 March as part of the STEM for BRITAIN competition to present her research to politicians and a panel of expert judges. Further information can be found here.

26-27 February 2019

Yueting attended the High-Pressure Workshop at Diamond Light Sourceand gave a talk on the "Pressurized Nanofluidics of Metal-Organic-Frameworks: Time-dependent Mechanics and Energy Dissipation"

19 February 2019

JCT gave a keynote lecture at the 1st Symposium on Acoustics of Nanoporous Materials (SAnPM), which was held on the 19th February 2019 at Salford University, United Kingdom.The meeting was organised by the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN). A summary of the symposium can be found here.

8 January 2019

Barbara won the best poster prize at MOF2018 (Auckland). Congratulations to Barbara Souza who has won the best poster prize at the MOF2018 conference held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 9 to 13 December 2018. Further details can be found in the press releases below.

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25 June 2018

Diamond Science Highlights:

Gaining fundamental insights into the full dielectric behaviour of MOFs across the infrared and THz using synchrotron irradiation


13 June 2018

JCT was an invited speaker in the CECAM Workshop at ParisTech.

10 April 2018

JCT gave an invited talk at CAMTEC IV held in Cambridge University. Title of talk: "AFM Nanoindentation to Quantify the Mechanical Behaviour of Nano- and Micron-Sized Hybrid Crystals"


9 February 2018

BBC Radio 4 - Science in Action Broadcast

The MMC Lab gave a demonstration on BBC Radio 4’s Science in Action programme.

You can hear the story here (18.45 on the clock).

In the interview, live in the lab, we demonstrated the self-assembly of photochemical nanomaterials for engineering smart sensors, which could be used for medical diagnostics and healthcare monitoring.


9 January 2018

Press Release - Oxford University's News website highlighting MMC Lab's research on photonic MOF sensors for smart applications.

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28 November 2017

The MMC Lab at Oxford has been awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant worth €2.4 million to develop the exciting new field — PROMOFS: "Nanoengineering and Processing of Metal-Organic Framework Composites for Photonic Sensors". Research will commence in April 2018.

Some publicity of this project:

Department of Engineering Science News (8 December 2017)

Balliol College Oxford news release (1 December 2017)


 27-28 September 2017

Congratulations to Matthew Ryder and Abhijeet Chaudhari for passing their DPhil viva. [Link to details]

25 September 2017

Oral and Poster presentations at WIRMS 2017: We have attended and presented our latest research at the International Workshop on Infrared Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Accelerator Based Sources (WIRMS 2017), held in Worcester College Oxford. [Link to details]

20 September 2017

EUROMAT-2017 Symposium on Hybrid and MOF Materials: Prof. Tan from the MMC Lab, together with Prof. Bartolomeo Civalleri (Torino), had organised a successful meeting on the topic of Hybrid and MOF Materials at EUROMAT2017.

11 August 2017

Our book chapter on the "MOF based composite materials" has been published in Comprehensive Composite Materials II, published by Elsevier.  [Link to details]

July 2017

Two journal covers published highlighting our latest discoveries in the field of MOF science [Link to details]

10 MAY 2017 

Congratulations to Sam Attias (MEng 4YP) who has won 2 prizes at the Department of Engineering's 43rd Lubbock Day, held on 10th May 2017. Sam won the BP Prize for best chemical engineering project and the Oxford Engineering Alumni Prize for best overall exhibition. He presented a poster about his MEng project on "Nanomaterials in Revolutionising Diabetes Diagnostics’".

For more details, read the story on Magdalen College website

12 APRIL 2017

Matthew has been awarded the prestigious British Zeolite Association’s (BZA) Founders' Award for the most promising postgraduate scientist working in the area of micro/mesoporous science.

24 MARCH 2017

Many congratulations to Mahdi Mahmoud who successfully defended his DPhil thesis today. His dissertation is on the topic of "Thermo-Mechanical Performance and Novel Applications of Mixed-Matrix Membranes Incorporating Metal-Organic Frameworks"

5 JANUARY 2017

Announcing MOF Symposium in EUROMAT-2017, Thessaloniki Greece (17-22 September 2017). 

Topic B7 - Hybrid and Metal-Organic Framework Materials - The Symposium covers Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Materials as microscopic material systems and Hybrid Materials and Structures as material combinations more on the meso- and macroscopic level.

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6 OCTOBER 2016

JCT was the Plenary Speaker at the Workshop on "Harnessing the Power of Light in Hybrid Materials", held in Turin 6-7 October 2016. Download book of abstract:

3 OCTOBER 2016

Dr Yueting Sun from Tsinghua University (Beijing) joined our group as the "Oxford KC Wong Fellow". The project will focus on “Nanofluidic mechanical energy conversion using MOFs”, to explore the feasibility of utilising flexible framework materials for nanoscale mechanical energy dissipation and unconventional energy conversion phenomena and related nanofluidic mechanisms.

30 AUGUST 2016

Dr Irina Flyagina from Russian Academy of Sciences joined our group as PDRA in Materials Engineering. Irina's postdoctoral work is funded by the EPSRC grant  EP/N014960/1 “Mixed-matrix membranes integrating metal-organic frameworks: thermo-mechanical properties and engineering performance”. She obtained her PhD (2014) in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Leeds, developing alternative low-cost carbon-based electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. She was a Research Fellow (2015-Jul 2016) at the Russian Academy of Sciences and applied first-principles simulations to solve problems linked to mechanochemistry, adsorption-induced materials strength reduction, and inorganic host-guest suprastuctures.

21 AUGUST 2016

JCT was a Keynote Speaker at the 7th International Zeolite Membrane Meeting (IZMM2016), held in Dalian, China, from 20-23 August 2016. The title of the talk was on “MOF-Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes: Interrogating the Underscoring Microstructure-Mechanics-Function Relationships”

11 AUGUST 2016

Cutting-edge science at Diamond synchrotron. Diamond Science Highlights (11 August 2016), read the Press Release: THz insights into MOF dynamics, using HKUST-1 as a case study

7 JUNE 2016 

 Our work has been featured on journal cover of the CrystEngComm 2016 New Talent Themed Issue: "Crystal engineering at its biggest and strongest"

Read the accompanying article: "Discovering Connections Between Terahertz Vibrations and Elasticity Underpinning the Collective Dynamics of the HKUST-1 Metal-Organic Framework" [DOI] [pdf]


13 APRIL 2016

Dr Luke Mizzi has joined our group as a visiting scientist for a period of 3 months. His project at Oxford is funded by the Royal Society's Commonwealth Science Conference (CSC) Mentoring Grant. His expertise concerns mechanical metamaterials, focussing on the innovative designs and computational optimisations of auxetic structures with anomalous mechanical response useful for engineering novel sensors, actuators and biomedical devices. He is a postdoc at the Metamaterials Unit in the University of Malta led by Prof. J.N. Grima.

21-23 MARCH 2016

MMC Lab at BZA16. Abhijeet, Mahdi and Matthew presented their research at BZA16 and UK MOF Symposium held in Bath from 21-23 March 2016.

18 MARCH 2016

Congratulations to Matthew Ryder who won the best poster prize at the EPSRC TERANET Meeting held in Cambridge University.


18 MARCH 2016

JCT gave an invited talk at the EPSRC Teranet Meeting held in Cambridge University. The meeting focused on recent advances in terahertz spectroscopy, see full programme.

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3-4 DECEMBER 2015

Kirill attended the 4th Electrospinning Conference in London organised by the Institute of PhysicsThe two-day meeting encompassed electrospinning fundamentals and applications linked to all disciplines, from physics and chemistry, to materials biology and medicine. (Below: Kirill photographed with Prof Rutledge from MIT).



 18 NOVEMBER 2015

JCT gave an invited lecture at the University of Hull, on the topic of "Physical and Chemical Versatilities of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Materials" 


12 NOVEMBER 2015

JCT gave a research seminar at Johnson Matthey Technology Centre in Reading. The talk was focused on the emergent practical applications of MOF materials and composites.

12 OCTOBER 2015

Kirill and Becky joined our research group as DPhil and MEng students, respectively. Let us welcome both to our lab!

11-14 OCTOBER 2015

Mahdi Mahmoud attended the EuroMOF2015 congress in Germany, and presented his poster about mechanical behaviour and viscoelasticity of mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs). This work has recently been published in the Journal of Membrane Science (DOI[pdf]
AudioSlides: [Elsevier AudioSlides Presentation]


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14 AUGUST 2015

Our research published this week in Advanced Materials about the discovery of an intriguing family of supramolecular hybrid materials, exhibiting multifunctional physical and chemical properties, have been featured on the Oxford Science Blog.

Read the full story: 
"Shape-shifting gels get smarter"


10 AUGUST 2015

Our latest paper has been published in Advanced Materials and featured on the journal cover. In this work, we have demonstrated the supramolecular engineering of a new family of hybrid gels, coexisting with MOF nanoparticles created in situ. We discovered that the rapid process of inorganic–organic self-assembly generates a hierarchical fibre network architecture, whose electrical conductivity and mechanical characteristics can be tuned, to yield a range of bespoke soft matter with unconventional properties. Notably, facile production of thin films employing such nanoparticles is extremely promising to enable technological applications such as optoelectronics and multifunctional sensors. 

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DOI - Open Access] [PDF

20 JULY 2015

Our work has been featured in the 2015 Diamond Light Source Annual Review, with a Research Highlight under the Soft Condensed Matter Village:  "Good Vibrations": Terahertz modes and lattice dynamics in MOFs


20 MAY 2015

JCT was an Invited Speaker at the UK Neutron and Muon User Meeting 2015 Prof. Tan was an Invited Speaker at the UK Neutron and Muon Science and User Meeting 19- 21 May 2015, held in the Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire. Title of talk delivered "Metal‐Organic Frameworks: Elucidation of physico‐chemical functions through fundamental lattice dynamics"


14 MAY 2015

Lubbock day 2015: Congratulations to Kirill Titov on winning the BP Award for the Best Chemical Engineering or Energy Related Exhibit at the Lubbock Day 2015, held in the Department of Engineering Science. Kirill presented a poster entitled "Electrospinning of Nanomaterials" and gave a live demo using the electrospinning apparatus which he designed and built, for studying the complex architectures and properties of fine-scale polymer fibres. These porous fibre network membranes are biodegradable in nature, and have a great potential for many technological applications, ranging from tissue engineering and drug delivery, to micro-filtration and next-generation sensors. This work was done as part of his Final Year MEng research project, jointly-supervised by JCT and Robert Field.


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CrystEngComm Themed Issue Jan 2015: Prof Tan and Dr Civalleri are Guest Editors to the Special Themed Issue on "Metal-Organic Frameworks and Hybrid Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications", presenting a collection of 31 papers, including 5 review articles (Highlights). Together, this collection offers a unique coverage encompassing both the experimental and the computational domains illustrating the fruitful synergy between them, which will be appealing to a broad cross-section of readers. The Front Cover of this Special Issue features the work from our laboratory jointly with the University of Turin, elucidating the complex elastic properties of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework materials (DOI).



25-28 NOVEMBER 2014

"Science for the Common Good": Prof Tan was an Invited Delegate to the Commonwealth Science Conference 2014 in Bangalore India, organised by the Royal Society and the Government of India. The inauguration address was delivered by the President of India, in the presence of HRH The Duke of York. This photo was taken at the closing ceremony, showing Prof CNR Rao presenting a gift to Sir Paul Nurse (President of the Royal Society).


21 NOVEMBER 2014

Oxford Science Blog has written a feature article about our latest PRL paper on the discovery of Terahertz vibrations in MOF materials.
> Read full story here: Vibrations Reveal How Material "Takes a Breath"
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory ISIS News: "Unravelling the Physical Possibilities of MOFs"
> This work has also been highlighted on the Balliol College News (November 2014 issue)



1 OCTOBER 2014

MOF-2014 Kobe: Prof Tan was an Invited Speaker at the MOF2014 Conference held in Japan, where he presented new discoveries on “Identifying Terahertz Vibrations that Control the Elastic Properties of MOFs”. More photos from conference found here.


25 JULY 2014

ISAMS-2014: Congratulations to Matthew, who won the Best Poster Prize at the International School on Ab initio Modelling of Solids (ISAMS) 2014, in Regensburg, Germany. The title of Matthew’s poster was, ‘Terahertz Vibrations in Metal-Organic Frameworks: From Gate-Opening Phenomenon to Shear-Driven Structural Instability’.

31 JANUARY 2014

CrystEngComm Themed Issue on "Metal-Organic Frameworks & Hybrid Materials" (Issue 2, 2015)
Guest Editors: JC Tan and B Civalleri

This special issue will consolidate many of the excellent contributions by the delegates (photo below) who attended the highly-successful Euromat2013 international materials congress in Seville, last summer. The themed issue will feature around 35 Papers including a number of Highlight Articles, showcasing recent advances in the rapidly expanding field of MOFs and hybrid materials at the interface of crystal engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry and biomedicine. Without question the scientific community has witnessed an explosion of activity connected to MOF and hybrid materials, ranging from multifunctional materials design and discovery, innovative thin films for smart sensors and electronics, to understanding thermo-mechanical behaviour and structural stabilities, and from reactivity characterisation to sorption and separation studies. This special issue will appear online on CrystEngComm's website at the beginning of November 2014.

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8-13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Euromat 2013 Seville, Spain
Symposium B4-I: Hybrid and Metal-Organic Framework Materials 
Organisers: JC Tan (Univ. Oxford) and Bartolomeo Civalleri (Univ. Turin)

Some of the delegates who attended the B4-I Symposium on MOF and hybrid materials (group photo taken on last day of meeting). The meeting was subdivided into 7 sessions, encompassing 35 Oral presentations, 6 Highlights plus 3 Keynote Lectures:
- Dr Mike Allendorf (Sandia) "The Power of Empty Space: Metal-Organic Frameworks as Electronic Materials"
- Prof Guillaume Maurin (Montpellier) "Adsorption and Dynamics of Guest Molecules in Hybrid Porous Materials: A Computational Exploration"
- Dr Stefan Marx (BASF) "Application of MOFs from an Industrial Point of View" 

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