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It is a great pleasure for us to welcome you to the first International School on Advanced Porous Materials (MOFSchool).

Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are non-conventional porous materials based on the self-assembly of organic/inorganic and organic/organic prearranged synthons, respectively. The extensive library of synthons and synthetic conditions can lead to the formation of a wide variety of MOFs and COFs with functional properties – adsorption, separation, capture, heterogeneous catalysis, sensing, drug delivery, to quote a few – that outperform, in many aspects, those of classical porous materials.

This field of research is progressing very fast, evolving from an initial interest on the synthesis and characterization of these systems to the preparation of targeted advanced porous materials with exotic properties.

Advanced porous materials functional properties are of interest to the ever increasingly demanding technological sector. Consequently, unique products based on them are arriving (or will soon arrive) on the market. Yet, there is still a large playground for making new materials and/or improving the properties of existing ones.

The big question is: how can we do it??

The MOFSchool aims to provide you with tools to answer this question, by showing you how to rationally prepare, characterize, modify and shape MOFs and COFs into next-generation materials. In order to achieve this goal, we have gathered an impressive group of internationally recognized teachers, including Vladislav A. Blatov, Silvia Bordiga, Roland A. Fischer, Felipe Gándara, Carlo Lamberti, Jeffrey R. Long, Jorge A.R. Navarro, Davide M. Proserpio and Omar M. Yaghi.

The MOFSchool, jointly organized by the Universities of Insubria, Milano La Statale and Granada, has made a great effort to encourage participation of young, enthusiastic scientists from any corner of the world, for which we are gratefully indebted to our generous funders.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Villa del Grumello and we are sure that you will have a very fruitful and pleasant stay on the amazing shores of Lake of Como.

Sincerely yours,

Valentina Colombo, Simona Galli and Jorge Navarro (School Directors)