We are happy to announce that docMOF was a succes! More details on the Updates page.

The 1st European Doctoral Symposium on Metal-Organic Frameworks will bring together European young researchers that are working on MOFs and related materials. This symposium is fully organized by DEFNET PhD students and is designed particularly for doctoral researchers. For this reason NO CONFERENCE FEES are applied to attend this event and accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks and dinner will be provided. Attendees only need to cover their travel expenses.

Its spirit is to create an enjoyable platform of inspiring exchange for doctoral researchers across the European Union and beyond. docMOF 2018 is a fully PhD-run enterprise, as they manage all aspects of running the symposium including selection of invited speakers and guests, peer-review of contributions, decision on the scientific program, session chairing and more.

Topics range from synthesis of novel materials, characterization techniques to industrial applications, accounting for the various application possibilities of MOFs. Beyond the development of new techniques of fabrication, system integration and characterization, a critical look into the future of MOFs will also be faced during the conference. Considering this diversity, the docMOF symposium will bring together participants from numerous areas of interest and selected international experts as keynote speakers.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at an inspiring conference in Raitenhaslach monastery, April 29th to May 2nd, 2018.

The DEFNET PhD students

© Foto Reichelt, Burghausen & Andreas Heddergott / TUM

The Venue

The former monastery of Raitenhaslach, which houses the TUM Science & Study Center today, is located beautifully at a bend of the river Salzach on the southeastern border of Bavaria to Austria. Cistercian monks founded a convent here in 1146, starting a monastic tradition which lasted for more than 650 years. In 2003, the municipality of Burghausen purchased the historical buildings and soon after agreed to a cooperation with the Technical University of Munich. After nearly a decade of renovation and restoration works, the TUM Science & Study Center was officially opened in June 2016 as a conference center that aims to promote academic debate as well as intercultural and social dialog. TUM members are especially welcome to hold symposiums, seminars and workshops here, but the Science & Study Center is open to local companies and individuals as well. Historical atmosphere combined with modern comfort and nature close at hand add to the unique “Raitenhaslach experience”.

For directions to the venue, click below.

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Keynote Speakers

University of Oslo, Norway

An expert in synthesis and characterization of new crystalline nanoporous materials with potential applications as catalysts. His work has contributed a high number of new microporous structure types, such as the iconic UiO series.

TU Dresden, Germany

Prof. Kaskel’s work is focused on porous and nanostructured materials (synthesis, structure, function) for applications in energy storage, catalysis, batteries and separation technologies.

LMU München, Germany

His work covers the synthesis and physical properties of functional nanostructures, with an emphasis on porous materials for targeted drug delivery and nanostructured materials for solar energy conversion.

KU Leuven, Belgium

An up and coming postdoctoral researcher, she  has been engaged in the development of new strategies for MOF structure-property control as well as actively pursuing her passion for single crystal crystallography.

ESPCI, Paris, France

An expert on the synthesis, structure determination and applications in health, energy and environment of robust metal (III/IV) Metal Organic Frameworks.

CAU, Kiel, Germany

His research interest lies within the field of inorganic-organic hybrid compounds. He has been involved in the development and application of high-throughput methods for reactions under solvothermal conditions.

University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Schröder’s work covers the area of materials chemistry, specifically the design, synthesis and study of porous metal organic framework materials for energy and environmental applications.

University of Oslo, Norway

An expert in the characterization of the physico-chemical properties of nanostructured materials with large surface area used as catalysts or materials for adsorption, separation and storage of gases.

© Astrid Eckert / TUM

Schedule and Abstracts

The final schedule for docMOF 2018 can be found below. You can also download it in a PDF format here.


The book of abstracts is also available to download by following this link.

© Uli Benz /TUM


End of docMOF 2018

We would like to thank you for being part of our conference. It has been a great pleasure to have you all together in Raitenhaslach. We hope that you have also found the symposium interesting and had the opportunity to network with like minded young researchers. Photos for the event can be found in an OneDrive folder, at the link below. They will be available for the next few months. PHOTOS We can provide a certificate of attendance, if you need it. Please email the project coordinator at defnet@rub.de to let him if it is required. We also welcome your feedback for our symposium. Its organization was a challenge for us and we’d like to know what you thought of the end result, as well as where we could improve. Your opinion means a lot to us so let us know if you have any comments. Finally we would like wish you all the best in your research endeavors. We hope to see you in the future at other scientific events as representatives of the MOF community.

docMOF prizes

At the start of the event, we revealed that, due to generous support from the TUM Graduate School and the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry (R. A. Fischer) we were able to offer 5 prizes to the best presentations at docMOF: two for oral presentations and three for posters. Each prize consists in the …