Welcome to the www site of USF-SMMARTT!
USF-SMMARTT (Smart Metal-organic Materials
Advanced Research and Technology Transfer)
is an interdisciplinary research center that was initiated at USF in 2008 with the following mission:
"To discover and develop new 'smart' metal-organic
material (MOM) platforms for energy sustainability and enhancement of human
Figure 1. The structural diversity exhibited by MOMs.
Metal-Organic Materials, MOMs, are an emerging class of materials comprised
of combinations of molecular building blocks (typically metal clusters and
organic spacer ligands) and they are exemplified by a diverse range of
discrete (e.g. metal-organic polyhedra, spheres or nanoballs, metal-organic
polygons) or polymeric structures (e.g. porous coordination polymers, PCPs,
metal-organic frameworks, MOFs) (Figure 1).
MOMs are attracting attention from solid-state and materials scientists for
- MOMs are inherently diverse in terms of chemical composition because
molecular building blocks can be modified while retaining overall structure;
- MOMs are facile to prepare because they are built using self-assembly
of the molecular building blocks;
- MOMs are fine tunable in terms of scale;
- MOMs can exhibit multi-functional properties as a result of their inherent
ability to combine unprecedented levels of porosity with additional functional
features that are imparted by the building blocks and/or the guests (or
counterions for an ionic MOM). These properties include catalytic
activity, magnetism, chirality, molecular recognition and luminescence.
Figure 2. A WebofScience© analysis of publications and citations
related to MOMs (January 2009).
Consequently, MOMs have captured the imagination of researchers around the
world, because they are uniquely suited to provide solutions to problems that
impact the sustainability of our society in areas ranging from energy
(hydrogen storage materials, solar energy platforms, thermoelectric platforms)
to human health (diagnostics and treatment) to the environment (chemical and
biological threat detection and remediation). It should therefore be
unsurprising that there has been explosive growth in scientific literature and
impact devoted to MOMs and related materials (Figure 2).
USF-SMMARTT engages research groups that have expertise in optical
spectroscopy, advanced computational methods, biochemistry/biophysics, surface
science and synthetic chemistry. This interdisciplinary group of faculty
members is already active in terms of collaboration that includes two
currently funded team projects that address different applications of MOMs:
hydrogen storage (funded by US Dept. of Energy) and toxic threat
remediation (funded by US Dept. of Defense). Multiple other projects are
In short, MOMs represent an area of materials research that is topical, cutting edge and naturally lends itself to high risk interdisciplinary research.
Mike Zaworotko, Director Randy Larsen, Associate Director
For more information about USF-SMMARTT please explore this www site, or
contact us by e-mail: SMMARTT@cas.usf.edu.
In addition, copies of the USF-SMMARTT brochure and flier are available for download