Stephen A. Moggach

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The first high-pressure neutron diffraction study in a miniature diamond-anvil cell of a single crystal of size typical for X-ray diffraction is reported. This is made possible by modern Laue diffraction using a large solid-angle image-plate detector. An unexpected finding is that even reflections whose diffracted beams pass through the cell body are(More)
Whilst many metal-organic frameworks possess the chemical stability needed to be used as functional materials, they often lack the physical strength required for industrial applications. Herein, we have investigated the mechanical properties of two UiO-topology Zr-MOFs, the planar UiO-67 ([Zr6O4(OH)4 (bpdc)6], bpdc: 4,4'-biphenyl dicarboxylate) and UiO-abdc(More)
A new member of the UiO-66 series of zirconium metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is reported, and the postsynthetic bromination of its integral alkene moeities in a single-crystal to single-crystal manner is fully characterised. Nanoindentation is used to probe the bromination of unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds, in it and an analogous Zr MOF, which leads to(More)
Materials that demonstrate long-range magnetic order are synonymous with information storage and the electronics industry, with the phenomenon commonly associated with metals, metal alloys or metal oxides and sulfides. A lesser known family of magnetically ordered complexes are the monometallic compounds of highly anisotropic d-block transition metals; the(More)
Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) 7 and 9 are excellent candidates for CO2 adsorption and storage. Here, high-pressure X-ray diffraction is used to further understand their potential in realistic industrial applications. ZIF-7 and ZIF-9 are shown be able to withstand high hydrostatic pressures whilst retaining their porosity and structural integrity(More)
The crystal structure and magnetic properties of the compound Na5[Mn(l-tart)2]·12H2O (1, l-tart = l-tartrate) have been investigated over the pressure range 0.34-3.49 GPa. The bulk modulus of 1 has been determined as 23.9(6) GPa, with a compression of the coordination spheres around the Na(+) ions observed. 1 is therefore relatively incompressible, helping(More)
Synchrotron radiation (SR) IR microspectroscopy has enabled determination of the thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular orientation of CO2 adsorbed in single microcrystals of a functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) under conditions relevant to carbon capture from flue gases. Single crystals of the small-pore MOF, Sc2 (BDC-NH2 )3 , (BDC-NH2(More)
3-Dialkylaminomethyl substituted salicylaldoximes are efficient metal salt extractants, and, in contrast to related "salen"-based reagents, are sufficiently stable to acid hydrolysis to allow commercial application in base metal recovery. Crystal structures show that metal salts are bound by a zwitterionic form of the reagents, with copper(II) nitrate,(More)
The hydrostatic compression of L-serine-d(7) has been studied to 8.1 GPa by neutron powder diffraction. Over the course of this pressure range the compound undergoes two phase transitions, the first between 4.6 and 5.2 GPa, yielding L-serine-II, and the second between 7.3 and 8.1 GPa, yielding L-serine-III. All three polymorphs are orthorhombic,(More)
The crystal structure of L-serine has been determined at room temperature at pressures between 0.3 and 4.8 GPa. The structure of this phase (hereafter termed L-serine-I), which consists of the molecules in their zwitterionic tautomer, is orthorhombic, space group P212121. The least compressible cell dimension (c), corresponds to chains of head-to-tail(More)
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