- International Collaborations
Metal-Organic Framework (MOF), as a well developed crystalline material in the past two decades, has shown a great potential in molecular storage, separation, delivery, sensing and catalysts, meanwhile, it has attracted much attention in fabricating polymer composites for different application. According to previous study, when combining with some nanoscale graphene oxide or polymers, some composites with enhanced functions were got successfully. Therefore, MOF has a great potential serving as nanoscale filler to fabricate polymer nanocomposites with enhanced performance
In our research, MOF is employed for the first time to develop multfunctional flame retardant polymer nanocomposites. Some environmentally friendly frameworks are chosen as the host framework. By introducing functional groups into the frameworks, MOF particles can be combined with both graphene and polymeric matrices via chemical interaction, to construct polymer nanocomposites which have multi-functions including improved antistatic property, mechanical reinforcement, enhanced thermal conductivity and excellent flame retardant properties, simultaneously. By loading non-flammable gas and/or effective flame retardant into the pore system, MOF can serve as flame retardants container at room temperature. The new knowledge and new materials developed in this project has the promise to be applied in developing new generation products in the fields of the construction, transportation, aerospace, etc, in the future.