Departmental Colloquium - Silvia Bordiga: Combined use of spectroscopies and computational techniques to characterize the structure and the reactivity of MOFs

Professor Silvia Bordiga from the University of Turin will give this lecture.

The colloquium is co-arranged with The Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC).

Coffee & cake from 14:30


Silvia Bordiga

Metallorganic Frameworks (MOFs, also known as “Coordination Polymers”) are crystalline nanoporous materials comprised of metal containing clusters connected three-dimensionally by poly-functional organic ligands.

The ligands act as spacers, creating an open porous three-dimensional structure, with very high pore volume and surface area. This hybrid architecture opens the possibility to design and synthesize a great variety of new porous materials, which are in principle able to display novel functionalities that are potentially exploitable for a number of applications in catalysis, ion-exchange, non linear optics, as sensors, in gas separation and/or storage, especially in case of materials characterized by metal center that shows open metal sites. An extensive work is ongoing by several groups in this area, trying to develop new materials more robust and with good performances for specific applications. In many circumstances the scenario is so broad that a simple “try and error” strategy would be too expensive, both in term of time and money, underlining the need of alternative strategies.

A valuable help in guiding the research in term of understanding experimental evidences and or predict them, is provided by combining computational and experimental techniques (in particular vibrational and electronic spectroscopies).

The talk will choose some case studies where computational techniques were used in combination of spectroscopies to disclose the behavior of well known MOFs giving evidences of their properties.


Silvia Bordiga

Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Turin University, Italy since 2001, from 2012 she is Professor II at the Department of Chemistry of Oslo University and Director of NIS, Centre of Exchellence in Turin.

The scientific activity of Prof. Bordiga is mainly devoted to the characterization of the physical-chemical properties of high surface area materials and in particular of oxides, zeolites and MOFs, with a particular attention to their surface properties. The studies are mainly related with spectroscopic characterization through vibrational and electronic spectroscopies both in absorbance (IR ed UN-Vis-NIR, EXAFS and XANES), scattering (DRIFT e Raman), and in emission (Luminescece).

Research interests of Professor Bordiga are devoted to nanostructured materials with large surface area used ad heterogeneous catalysts, photo-catalysts, materials for adsorption, separation and storage.

She has co-authored more than 270 peer-reviewed papers and has received over 11000 citations so far (h-index 65).



Please let me know if you would like to meet Silvia.

Ute Krengel



Published Aug. 29, 2012 9:38 AM - Last modified Aug. 30, 2012 10:40 AM