Areas of Expertise

  • Carbon Capture
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Powder X-Ray Diffraction
  • Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • Metal Phosphonates


  1. & Post-Synthetic Ligand Exchange in Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks: Beware of The Defects!. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57(36), 11706-11710.
  2. & Same Not the Same: Thermally Driven Transformation of Nickel Phosphinate-Bipyridine One-Dimensional Chains into Three-Dimensional Coordination Polymers. Crystal Growth & Design 18(4), 2234-2242.
  3. & A three-dimensional view of structural changes caused by deactivation of fluid catalytic cracking catalysts. Nature Communications 8(1)
  4. & In situ high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction study of UiO-66 under synthesis conditions in a continuous-flow microwave reactor. CrystEngComm 19(23), 3206-3214.
  5. When defects turn into virtues: the curious case of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks. Coordination Chemistry Reviews

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  • Working title: Novel ultrastable metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for carbon dioxide capture. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2015 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow Paul Scherrer Institut – ETH Zürich
January 2013 March 2013 Visiting Scholar University of California, San Diego
2011 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Università di Perugia, Perugia
2007 2011 PhD Student Università di Perugia, Perugia

External Responsibilities

  • Scientific Advisor, novoMOF AG

    2017 - Present

Current Projects

MSCA Cofund Fellowship: "Design and synthesis of new highly stable metal-organic frameworks based on phosphonate linkers for carbon dioxide capture.”

EPSRC First Grant: "Defect-engineered metal-organic frameworks for carbon dioxide capture"