The Head of the Laboratory for the Synthesis of New Crystalline Materials of the SCTMS Dr. Eugeny Alexandrov performed the synthesis of coordination polymers at the University of Milan (Italy) from March 4 to 26. The work was carried out in collaboration with Prof. Lucia Carlucci and Prof. Davide Proserpio.
The purpose of the trip was to synthesize two types of electroconductive metal-organic coordination polymers: layered structures admitting exfoliation and highly stable rod MOFs. Prediction of the structures and properties of the materials were carried out using the ToposPro software, its structural and topological databases and the Cambridge Structural Database. The following synthesis conditions were varied to get high quality crystals: the concentration and ratio of reagents, modulating agents, acidity of the medium and temperature. As a result, two new crystalline substances and several more unidentified phases were obtained. The work continues at the Laboratory of Synthesis of New Crystalline Materials of Samara State Technical University.
Eugeny says about the prospects of the laboratory: “Based on theoretical predictions, we hope to get new promising materials from cheap and affordable components. The analyzes of structural data, modeling and extensive experience of collaborators help us in solving this task. We believe, our work will lead to the development of material science in the Samara region, which will give a scientific and technical impulse to the emergence of high technologies and the production of new materials in our native land. ”