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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


The Adsorption & Advanced Materials Lab is led by Professor David Fairen-Jimenez. Our research concerns the study of the molecular mechanisms that control adsorption processes in porous materials and the design of new porous systems based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). We aim to exploit the new opportunities these materials can offer compared with classical ones. We are particularly interested in drug delivery systems, where nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionise cancer diagnosis and therapy. We are also interested in the use of novel porous materials for energy-efficient applications, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen purification. Our objective is to evaluate new strategies in the study of adsorption processes, the study and design of new porous materials and the development of new methods in the prediction of their performance.

In our work, we combine experimental techniques, including synthesis and characterisation of MOFs as well as in vitro studies, with a molecular simulation approach bases on grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) and molecular dynamics (MD) to study adsorption and diffusion phenomena. Because of our interdisciplinary research, we are a team of chemists, biologists and engineers. We also collaborate widely with UK, Europe and US academic institutions.
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