Spring '22 Department Seminars with Dr. Gündoğ Yücesan

Title: Design and synthesis of conductive MOFs, COFs, and HOFs

Speaker: Dr. Gündoğ Yücesan, Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Date: March 1, 2022, Tuesday

Time: 12:30

Place: Zoom


Among the other metal organic framework (MOF) families, phosphonate MOFs provide the richest metal binding for MOF synthesis, and they are known to exhibit exceptional thermal and chemical stabilities between zeolites and MOFS. Due to the synthetic difficulties, the total number of microporous phosphonate- MOFs are still very limited in the literature. I try to control metal phosphonate binding modes and core linker geometries to produce predictable MOFs for variety of applications including electrical and proton conductivity, carbon capture, drug delivery, etc. Although, we are inorganic chemists, most of our research is based on organic linker synthesis. In this work, we challenge the design and synthesis strategies to form electrically conductive, proton conductive, and highly stable microporous MOFs, COFs, and HOFs, which are constructed using arylphosphonic acids.

Short Biography of the Speaker:

Assoc. Prof. Gündoğ Yücesan finished his bachelor degree at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul in 2002. He finished his PhD work at Syracuse University in New York on the synthesis of hybrid organic/inorganic frameworks in 2006. In addition to his synthetic chemistry work, he had a postdoctoral experience in biochemistry at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. After postdoctoral work, he returned to his home town Istanbul as an assistant professor at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul. He holds the doçent title since 2018. At YTÜ, he obtained funding from TÜBİTAK to initiate his phosphonate-MOF research. He also helped establish the office of technology transfer at YTÜ. Currently, he is finishing his habilitation at TU- Berlin in material science. His research interests include design and synthesis of new MOF families and their applications in supercapacitors, carbon capture, and MOF membranes. These projects are supported by two research grants funded by DFG and Leverhulme Foundation. Another research direction in Dr. Yücesan’s group is the development of novel fluorescent probes to diagnose breast cancer, monitor bone remodeling, and pathological calcifications in the eye and brain.