1. Introduction: motivation and goals of the stay
My home research group led by Prof. Dr. Mendive in Argentina, is now working in the synthesis of several Metal Organic Framework (MOF) structures which have the potentiality for applications in the field of photoprotection, environmental treatment, and drug delivery, among others. In particular, I am working in the synthesis of new Bio-MOF structures, which consist of natural organic precursors. The main objective of my stay in Bremen was the characterization of the samples synthesized in Argentina, using both together: gallic acid and oxalic acid, named GAOX-MOF, and the comparison to already known Bio-MOF of gallic acid, named GAL-MOF. This represents an important contribution to my Diploma Thesis at the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina, focused on the synthesis and characterization of Bio-Metalorganic Structures.
2. Description of the stay
The samples prepared in Argentina were characterized in Bremen by Temperature Gravimetric
analysis (TGA), Fourier Transformed Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis spectroscopy, and XRay
Diffraction (XRD). It was very useful to have the chance to carry out these instrumental
measurements, since I could learn, not only about the preparation of the samples, but also
about specific issues related to every technique.
The research stay was very productive and fruitful since it was possible to characterize the described materials, and also for my formation in sciences by learning new techniques, methodologies, and procedures which are part of the expertise of the research group in Bremen.
The stay at the German group was also more than useful by learning about solids and their properties, an area which is not so well know for the students of my University.
The infrastructure and organization of the group led by Prof. Gesing not only made the stay very productive but was also educative and enjoyable. New contacts with the members from the German group were created, and further collaborative work and knowledge will surely follow this stay.