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Priority Programme Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems (COORNETs) (SPP 1928);
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems (COORNETs) (SPP 1928). The programme is scheduled to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period (2020 2022).

The specific functionalisation of interfaces and the integration of functional nanostructures into devices is a topic of up most importance in the field of material sciences. Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a subset of Crystalline Coordination Networks (CCNs), exhibit a unique combination of properties that have already had a landmark influence in the area of gas storage and separation. Further impact of CCNs, porous (i.e. MOFs) and as well dense structures, is expected when systematically exploiting the electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal and mechanical properties of CCNs. Through the work of various national and international research groups, the fascinating prospects of integration CCN-based nanostructures and thin layers into opto-electronics, data storage, electro-chemistry, and sensor technologies, are tangible. The goal of the Priority Programme COORNETs is to strengthen the developments of these highly interdisciplinary efforts.

Aiming at CCN materials integration into functional systems, we have to go beyond tailored CCN materials and researching methodologies for the spatially controlled deposition and positioning on substrates and combination with other materials. In addition, it is mandatory to characterise the physical properties of the materials, and more fundamentally, developing (further) the experimental and theoretical means for these characterisations. Functionalities that are more sophisticated and their potentials should be explored, e.g. aiming for applications in the fields of molecular electronics, magnetism, nonlinear optics and photonics, photovoltaics, photo-/electrocatalysis as well as energy-storage and energy-conversion (e.g. components for batteries). These efforts should include a fundamental understanding of the phenomena involved. Projects dealing primarily with the synthesis and characterisation of CCN, and the application of their properties with the goals of gas storage, separation, and (thermal) catalysis are explicitly excluded. Projects dealing with 2D coordination network thin films (e.g. monolayers) without specifically targeting 3D assembly of such 2D structures are not in the focus of this call.

Formation of small consortia of two to three principle investigators (PIs) and research groups of complementary expertise concentrating on a specific topic is encouraged also for attracting newcomers to the field. At least one member of each proposed consortium must have significant competence in CCN or related materials. Single PI proposals are welcome as well, however, each consortium or project must contain research activities covering at least two of the following thematic areas:

New Materials Synthesis and/or Structural Characterisation
Physico-Chemical Properties and/or Theory and Modelling
System Integration and/or Function Demonstration

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