Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

MChem (Hons)

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PhD researcher focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for carbon dioxide (CO2) photocatalysis. Supervised by Prof. Sihai Yang and Prof. Martin Schröder. Awarded the Dean's Doctoral Scholarship by the Faculty of Science and Engineering. 


I am primarily interested in the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials for the electro/photocatalyic conversion of small molecules to value added products. For my PhD I am focusing on the photocatalytic conversion of CO2. 

Increased emissions of CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming. As such, the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere is incredibly important. One way of doing this is by developing materials to adsorb and then selectively convert to CO2 to value added products such as methanol, ethanol, acetic acid, formic acid, ethylene etc. This is beneficial as it simulataneously reduces the greenhouse effect (through the removal of CO2) and produces important products for other industries. It can be seen as a form of 'molecular recycling'. Significantly, the way we can promote these reactions is through the use of light which is cheap and readily available. 

Despite its promise, the conversion of CO2 to other products is challenging as it often suffers from selectivity issues. MOFs have emerged an ideal material class to overcome this challange. MOFs are a class of porous crystalline materials constructed from metal or metal cluster nodes connected by an organic linker. Through subtle alterations to the organic linker (functionalisation) and the metal node used, adsoption properties and electronic properties can be systematically varied. As such, product selectivity can be easily tuned. 

In addition to synthesis, I am interested in the characterisation of materials using diffraction techniques. In particular through the utilisation of elastic and inelastic neutron diffraction which can be used to unravel the structure of new materials (nuclear and magnetic) and crucially elucidate host-guest interactions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

I completed my MChem at the University of Warwick (1st Class Honors). During my time at Warwick I completed an industrial placement at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source under the supervision of Dr. Pascal Manuel and Prof. Robin Perry. There, I developed a novel synthetic methodology for the bulk single crystal growth of transition metal sulfide materials. I was awarded beamtime on SXD to solve the magnetic structure of one of the materials I synthesised. My Masters project was supervised by Prof. Richard Walton. Here, I synthesised a novel trimetallic Co-Mo containing coordination polymer, the structure of which was solved using a combination of 3D electron diffraction and synchotron powder X-ray diffraction.

23 Sept 20191 Jul 2023

Award Date: 1 Jul 2023