Professor Jin-Chong Tan awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant

Congratulations to Jin-Chong Tan, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Tutorial Fellow at Balliol, who has been awarded a five-year European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant of €2.4 million.

Jin-Chong TanProfessor Jin-Chong Tan leads the Multifunctional Materials & Composites (MMC) Lab in the Department. With this major EU funding, Professor Tan will be establishing an exciting new field at the forefront of nanoscale materials engineering: ‘PROMOFS: Nanoengineering and Processing of Metal-Organic Framework Composites for Photonic Sensors’.

Compared to the traditional material options, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) offer several key advantages. The hybrid structural diversity of MOFs implies a huge prospect to tune the desirable physical and chemical properties for engineering bespoke applications. Their three-dimensional crystalline framework meant there is long-range periodicity, translating into continuous pathways to facilitate energy transfer. Notably, the nanoscale pores within MOF can serve as a vessel to ‘host’ functional ‘guests’, to confine light-emitting molecules to yield revolutionary guest@host composites.

Having established the project feasibility through pilot studies and demonstrated the promising potential to fabricate low-cost photonic sensors, it is timely for the PROMOFS project to address the outstanding challenges in this nascent field. The practical engineering applications of new photonic sensors will be vast, ranging from non-invasive medical and healthcare diagnostics to environmental monitoring, and from food safety technologies to civil security safeguarding against biological and chemical threats.




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Published on: 08 December 2017