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Matthew Hart

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Fall 2019
Mechanical Engineering

The self-assembly of metal-organic supra-molecules

Mentor: Yang Jiao
FURI: Fall 2018

Supra-molecules are large “hollow” molecules typically composed of small rigid metal-organic (MO) frameworks which have many potential applications, such as gas separation and storage, as well as targeted drug delivery. Due to the rigidity of the underlying MO frameworks, a supra-molecule usually possesses a well-defined polyhedral shape, such as the truncated cuboctahedron. The research team will assess how the self-assembly structure arises from the characteristics of the supra-molecules and their interactions with the graphite substrate. Which factors play a more important role in the self-assembly process: the overall symmetry and shape of the supra-molecules or the specific atomic interactions?