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Pascal D.C. Dietzel

  • E-mailPascal.Dietzel@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 33 68
  • Visitor Address
    Realfagbygget, Allégt. 41
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 BERGEN

Our research interests center on the preparation and characterization of new coordination polymers/metal-organic framework with industrially relevant properties in catalysis, adsorption and separation, sensing properties and energy related applications. The research group is also interested in inorganic-organic hybrid materials in general and selected nanoparticle composite materials. The main activity of the research group is within materials discovery and crystal structure determination, characterization of the material’s fundamental chemical properties, and deduction of the corresponding structure-property relationship, frequently with the help of time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements.


KJEM120 - Chemistry of the Elements

NANO244 - Materials- and Nanochemistry

Master theses

Master theses are available for a variety of subjects within the topics of materials science the research group is active in. We are very much interested in synthesis of new materials with interesting properties for application in catalysis, adsorption and separation, renewable energy, and as sensors. The most promising materials are characterized more in depth using a variety of methods, like X-ray diffraction (including in-situ experiments performed at a synchrotron), simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry coupled to mass spectrometry, and advanced gas and vapor adsorption and chemisorption.

One research focus is on coordination polymers (also known as metal-organic frameworks), which are inorganic-organic hybrid materials. Coordination polymers are interesting in many areas of application. For instance, they frequently have regular pores of <3 to 20 Å (i.e. 0.3-2 nm) which make them interesting materials for adsorption and separation processes, e.g. for CO2 capture or gas and liquid purification. They can also be functionalized to carry catalytic functions or act as sensors. 

In addition, we are engaged in research of nanoparticles on supports, e.g. metal supported catalysts. The interest there is to prepare materials with a narrow size distribution of the nanoparticles and investigate the effect on catalytic properties.

Master theses can span quite a wide range from synthesis to advanced characterization of materials. Most theses will contain most of these tasks to a certain extent. However, it is often possible to put the emphasis on the area a student is most interested in. For instance, students who are mainly interested in experimental synthetic work, a thesis subject may be predominantly concerned with discovery of new materials. On the other hand, a thesis can also be geared more towards thorough characterization of a material. The synthetic part of such a thesis will then play a minor part. It will usually consist of preparing an already known compound for in-depth investigation by the various characterization techniques.




  • 2020. Role of the metal cation in the dehydration of the microporous metal–organic frameworks CPO-27-M. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 1-12.
  • 2020. Effect ofl larger pore size on the sorption properties of isoreticular metal–organic frameworks with high number of open metal sites. Chemistry - A European Journal. 1-10.
  • 2020. Carbon dioxide induced structural phase transition in metal-organic frameworks CPO-27. CrysteEngComm. 4353-4358.
  • 2020. Adsorption of greenhouse gas N2O on microporous CPO-27 materials.
  • 2020. A calcium zirconate based combined material for calcium-copper chemical looping technology. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.
  • 2019. Morphology control in modulated synthesis of metal-organic framework CPO-27. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 207-213.
  • 2019. Fixed Bed Reactor Validation of a Mayenite Based Combined Calcium–Copper Material for Hydrogen Production through Ca–Cu Looping. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 14664-14677.
  • 2019. Electrospray Mass Spectrometry Investigation into the Formation of CPO-27. Crystal Growth & Design. 2089-2096.
  • 2018. The effect of Copper(II) oxide loading and precursor on the cyclic stability of combined mayenite based materials for calciumcopper looping technology. International journal of hydrogen energy. 12604-12616.
  • 2018. Open Metal Sites in the Metal-Organic Framework CPO-27-Cu: Detection of Regular and Defect Copper Species by CO and NO Probe Molecules. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 17238-17249.
  • 2018. Neues von der Bienenwabe.
  • 2018. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Titanium as a Novel Class of Catalysts for the Copolymerization of Cyclohexene Oxide with CO2.
  • 2018. Metal-organic frameworks with tridentate phosphine linkers.
  • 2018. Metal-organic frameworks as energy materials.
  • 2018. Incorporation of an intact dimeric Zr<sub>12</sub> oxo cluster from a molecular precursor in a new zirconium metal-organic framework. Chemical Communications. 2735-2738.
  • 2018. Development of metal-organic frameworks with hydroxyl and phosphine functionalities for potential applications in adsorption and catalysis.
  • 2017. Variation of network dimensionality and adsorption properties of metal-organic frameworks based on a series of phosphine containing linkers.
  • 2017. Understanding adsorbent-adsorbate structures and structure-property relationships in metal-organic frameworks from diffraction and physisorption experiments.
  • 2017. On the elusive nature of oxygen binding at coordinatively unsaturated 3d transition metal centers in metal-organic frameworks. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. 26346-26357.
  • 2017. New metal-organic frameworks with phosphine functional groups.
  • 2017. Modification of Network and Pore Dimensionality in Metal–Organic Frameworks Containing a Secondary Phosphine Functionality. Crystal Growth & Design. 3257-3266.
  • 2017. Low-temperature adsorption of CO and NO on CPO-27-Cu (MOF-74-Cu).
  • 2017. Investigation of the host-guest chemistry in coordination polymers using in-situ and operando experiments.
  • 2017. Effect of ligand substitution on breathing mode of MOFs with MIL-53 type crystal structure.
  • 2017. Diversity of structure and adsorption properties of metal-organic frameworks with phosphine containing linkers.
  • 2017. An in-depth structural study of the CO2 adsorption process in porous metal-organic frameworks CPO-27.
  • 2017. An in-depth structural study of the CO2 adsorption process in porous metal-organic frameworks CPO-27.
  • 2017. An in-depth structural study of the CO2 adsorption process in porous metal-organic frameworks CPO-27.
  • 2017. An In-Depth Structural Study of the Carbon Dioxide Adsorption Process in the Porous Metal–Organic Frameworks CPO-27-M. ChemSusChem. 1710-1719.
  • 2017. Ab initio structure solution and thermal stability evaluation of a new Ca(II) 3D coordination polymer using synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data. CrysteEngComm. 5857-5863.
  • 2017. A comprehensive structural study of the CO2 adsorption process in the CPO-27 family.
  • 2017. A Permanently Porous Yttrium-Organic Framework Based on an Extended Tridentate Phosphine Containing Linker. Inorganic Chemistry. 12830-12838.
  • 2016. Variation of desolvation behavior in two isostructural metal–organic frameworks based on a flexible, racemic bifunctional organic linker. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC). 4430-4439.
  • 2016. Two new series of coordination polymers and evaluation of their properties by density functional theory. Crystal Growth & Design. 339-346.
  • 2016. Two new Cu(II) and La(III) 2D coordination polymers, synthesis and: In situ structural analysis by X-ray diffraction. Dalton Transactions. 12827-12834.
  • 2016. So ähnlich und doch so verschieden.
  • 2016. Shining light on the CO2 adsorption process in metal-organic framework CPO-27-M.
  • 2016. Shining light on the CO2 adsorption process in metal-organic framework CPO-27-M.
  • 2016. Shining light on host-guest interactions in coordination polymers.
  • 2016. Metal–organic frameworks – heading towards application. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC). 4273-4274.
  • 2016. Low-temperature adsorption of H2 and D2 on dehydrated and water precovered CPO-27-Ni. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 23083-23092.
  • 2016. In-depth investigations of the formation of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials.
  • 2016. In-depth investigations of the formation of functional materials.
  • 2016. ESI-MS investigations of the formation of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials.
  • 2016. Crystal structure of dimethyl 4,4'-dimethoxybiphenyl-3,3'-dicarboxylate. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications. 328-330.
  • 2016. A Comprehensive Structural Study of the CO2 Adsorption Process in the CPO-27 Family.
  • 2015. Variation in porous coordination polymer structure due to deprotonation level of hydroxyl groups of a flexible bifunctional linker.
  • 2015. Novel adsorbents for toxic industrial gases: CPO-27-M (M=Co, Cu, Zn, Mn, Ni, Mg) performance against ammonia.
  • 2015. Intriguing differences in hydrogen adsorption in CPO-27 materials induced by metal substitution. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 4827-4839.
  • 2015. Influence of ligand substitution on breathing mode of MOFs with MIL-53 type crystal structure.

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