Thursday, 11 February 2021

A new synthesis procedure involving metal-organic polyhedra for building MOFs

A study recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie of the German Chemical Society, led by La Caixa Junior Leader Dr. Arnau Carné-Sánchez and ICREA Professor and ICN2 group leader Prof. Daniel Maspoch, explores the use of metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) as building blocks to produce highly-connected metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Pre-synthesized, isolated MOPs based on polycarboxylate cuboctahedral rhodium(II) were successfully applied to build MOFs, providing an alternative approach to their synthesis.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

A cathode based on 2D organic structures loaded with iron single atoms improves lithium-sulfur batteries performance

A paper featured on the inside back cover of this month’s edition of Advanced Energy Materials proposes a novel cathode structure, where iron atomically dispersed in a carbon nitride material (Fe/C2N) acts as an effective sulfur host, improving the efficiency and stability of lithium-sulfur batteries. This work was led by ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy group, and ICREA Prof. Andreu Cabot, from the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC).