FURI | Spring 2022

Covalent-Organic-Framework Polymerization and its Crystallinity

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Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are a new class of crystalline and porous polymers constructed by covalently linking organic monomers into 2D or 3D ordered networks. Due to their high surface-area-to-volume ratio, tunable pore size, and controllable chemical reactivity, COFs offer unique functionality for molecular separation, sieving, and catalysis applications. Imine-linked COFs are particularly attractive owing to their structural versatility and solution stability. This research project aims to synthesize these imine-linked COFs and characterize them under different growth parameters (temperature, catalyst concentration, etc.) using in-situ Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, and Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy, thereby gaining insight into the kinetics of crystallization.

Student researcher

Emmie Benard

Emmie M. Benard

Materials science and engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2023