Scientific Excellence and Goals

DEFNET (DEFect NETwork materials science and engineering) is the first integrated European Training Network (ETN) at the intersection of chemistry, physics and engineering which deals with the structural and functional complexity of molecular network materials such as metal organic frameworks (MOFs).

It provides a unique research and training platform for early stage researchers (ESRs) in chemistry, materials science and engineering. By connecting synthesis, materials characterization, theory and materials simulation with application and technology. DEFNET will investigate local and long range defects, heterogeneity, disorder and correlated phenomena. Understanding and controlling defect structures is essential for advanced functionality suited for catalysis, gas capture, and separation. DEFNET materials based on MOFs hold promise for innovative functionalities which cannot be achieved by other materials and benchmarking is done against zeolites, which are well established for catalysis and sorption applications.

Research program

Work packages