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April 27, 2012
Funding Boost for Australian Carbon Project
Earlier this year the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), awarded AUS$6 million to a team of scientists ″to explore how metal-organic frameworks can be used to capture and concentrate CO2″. This team is made up of researchers from Australia’s top universities and research institutions; among them is Professor Stuart Batten of Monash University. The research will examine the synthesis of new porous MOFs for the capture of CO2, and how the most promising of these materials can be used in real-world, industrial applications. ″This project is a unique opportunity to bring together leading experts in both the synthesis and characterization of porous coordination polymers, and the engineering and scale-up processes involved in producing industrially useful materials″ said Professor Batten. ″We are fortunate in Australia to have a number of world-class researchers in this field, and this project brings these research groups together to achieve a critical mass, with a great variety of expertise, which I think will generate some quite exciting new results.″
Batten studied at the University Of Melbourne and earned his PhD in 1996 under the guidance of Richard Robson and Bernard F. Hoskins. He did a postdoctoral fellowship with John C. Jeffery at the University Of Bristol before returning to Australia where he became an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University. He has since been promoted through the ranks and is now professor. In addition he holds an ARC Future Fellowship (2010–2013), an initiative aimed at outstanding mid-career researchers. Batten’s research interests center on crystal engineering of coordination polymers, and he is a leading expert on the phenomenon of interpenetration of networks in crystal structures. Batten is on the International Advisory Board of ChemPlusChem and has received several awards including the 2008 Thomas Scientific Citation Award for ″the highest average citation rate amongst Australian researchers in the field of Chemistry for the period 1997–2007″.