Synthesis of new porous cages and macrocycles from Metal- and Covalent-Organic Frameworks

New materials make our lives easier. Thousands of years ago, the introduction of materials like brass or iron revolutionised our societies. They allowed the access to useful tools for hunting or building like knives or hammers, simplifying our ancestors tasks. Even a few years ago, steel revolutionized our societies by permitting the development of robust machines that simplified our lives like cars or electro domestics. For that reason, we need to find a way to obtain novel materials, to continue making our lives easier. Nonetheless, these new materials need to be atomically controlled to access new properties and applications.

Juan Pablo is researching a technique called Clip-Off Chemistry which allows access to new materials that can be difficult or impossible to obtain by standard methodologies. This technique is quite unique since it is based on the controlled cleavage of materials instead of building them from scratch. By studying Clip-off Chemistry on reticular materials, the project aims to obtain molecular cages and macrocycles never reported before.





Juan Pablo Cavalieri

Research Host

Catalan Institue of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

PhD awarding institution/s

Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) & RMIT University


Barcelona (Spain)


RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

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