The goal of the MOLSURMOF project presented in the frame of the Marie Curie IEF Action is the loading of metal-organic crystalline and porous frameworks anchored to solid surfaces (SURMOFs) with organic electro-active molecules in order to measure their electrical properties. The use of SURMOFs as high density containers for electro-active molecular nano-objects shall produce surface coatings for which the measurement of the electrical properties does not represent a formidable problem, differently from what happens using MOFs obtained by the solvo-thermal synthesis process. To load the SURMOFs two main strategies will be followed: 1) evacuation of the SURMOF by heating it up in air at a known and controlled temperature and then exposure to the vapours of the guest molecule; 2) loading of the SURMOF under flow conditions, i.e. during its surface growth. The general objective of the proposed project is to measure transport of the electrons through the loaded SURMOF or the conductivity arising from the transport of mobile species by means of a three electrodes set up or, when possible, of scanning probe microscopy technique combined with electrochemistry. The results of this research shall pave the way towards the use of these coatings in electrical or electronic applications. Furthermore, by the accomplishment of the scientific objectives through a multidisciplinary approach, a young female researcher will be given the opportunity to receive an excellent and complete training-through-research inside Europe and to reach the professional maturity needed for her future career as independent researcher.
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