Metal-organic frameworks are an enormous class of materials, formed from inorganic nodes connected by organic ligands into three-dimensional networks. Over 55,000 exist and are primarily investigated for their abilities in gas sorption, drug delivery, separations and catalysis. Recently, they have also been shown to be a family of glass-formers. These melt-quenched glasses have random networks consisting of transition metal ions linked by organic ligands, and so exist outside of the inorganic, organic and metallic categories currently known. ‘Hybrid’ glasses made from sol-gel routes, linking inorganic units and organic chains together, are also known, as are composite inorganic-organic glasses.
This session will explore the latest research in the area of hybrid glasses, involving synthesis methods, structural characterization, physical and chemical properties, and applications.