Dr Jonathan A. Foster
Department of Chemistry
Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and Departmental PGR Director
+44 114 222 9427
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Department of Chemistry
13 Brook Hill
Dr. Jonathan Foster completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Durham in 2008 where he also undertook his PhD in the groups of Prof. Jonathan Steed and Prof. Judith Howard FRS. In 2012 he moved to the University of Cambridge where he held post-doctoral positions in the groups of Prof. Jonathan Nitschke and Prof. Anthony Cheetham FRS.
Jonathan joined the University of Sheffield in 2015 following the award of a Ramsay Fellowship and Sheffield Vice Chancellors Fellowship and was promoted to Lecturer in 2019.
- Research interests
My interests lie at the interface between supramolecular chemistry and nanomaterials. By understanding how to design molecular building blocks which can self-assemble to create nano-structured materials we aim to open up new applications not possible with conventional materials.
I have developed a wide range of supramolecular materials including gels, polymers, metal-organic cages and frameworks for applications as diverse as drug delivery, optoelectronics and detecting chemical hazards. My current research is focussed on the development of a new class of graphene-like nano-materials called metal-organic nanosheets (MONs).
- Post-exfoliation functionalisation of metal-organic framework nanosheets via click chemistry. Nanoscale.
- Metal‐organic framework nanosheets: programmable 2D materials for catalysis, sensing, electronics, and separation applications. Advanced Functional Materials. View this article in WRRO
- Monolayer nanosheets formed by liquid exfoliation of charge-assisted hydrogen-bonded frameworks. Chemical Science, 12(9), 3322-3327.
- Blending functionalised ligands to form multivariate metal-organic framework nanosheets (MTV-MONs) with tuneable surface chemistry. Nanoscale. View this article in WRRO
- Metal–organic framework nanosheets for enhanced performance of organic photovoltaic cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. View this article in WRRO
- Increasing alkyl chain length in a series of layered metal–organic frameworks aids ultrasonic exfoliation to form nanosheets. Inorganic Chemistry, 58(16), 10837-10845. View this article in WRRO
- Tandem catalysis by ultrathin metal–organic nanosheets formed through post-synthetic functionalisation of a layered framework. Chemical Communications. View this article in WRRO
- Ultrasonic exfoliation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic metal-organic frameworks to form nanosheets.. Chemistry. View this article in WRRO
- Metal-organic framework nanosheets (MONs): A new dimension in materials chemistry. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(34), 16292-16307. View this article in WRRO
- Increased rate of solvent diffusion in a prototypical supramolecular gel measured on the picosecond timescale. Chemical Communications. View this article in WRRO
- Pharmaceutical polymorph control in a drug-mimetic supramolecular gel. Chemical Science, 8, 78-84. View this article in WRRO
- Liquid exfoliation of alkyl-ether functionalised layered metal-organic frameworks to nanosheets.. Chemical Communications, 52, 10474-10477. View this article in WRRO
- Au I Cl-bound N-heterocyclic carbene ligands form MII4(LAuCl) 6 integrally gilded cages. Chemical Science, 6(12), 7326-7331. View this article in WRRO
- Differentially Addressable Cavities within Metal–Organic Cage-Cross-Linked Polymeric Hydrogels. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137(30), 9722-9729. View this article in WRRO
- Temperature- and Voltage-Induced Ligand Rearrangement of a Dynamic Electroluminescent Metallopolymer. Angewandte Chemie, 126(32), 8528-8531.
- Temperature- and Voltage-Induced Ligand Rearrangement of a Dynamic Electroluminescent Metallopolymer. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53(32), 8388-8391.
- Blending Gelators to Tune Gel Structure and Probe Anion-Induced Disassembly. Chemistry - A European Journal, 20(1), 279-291.
- Halogen-bonding-triggered supramolecular gel formation. Nature Chemistry, 5(1), 42-47.
- Hydrogen bonding interactions with the thiocarbonyl π-system. CrystEngComm, 13(9), 3202-3202.
- ChemInform Abstract: Exploiting Cavities in Supramolecular Gels. ChemInform, 42(3), no-no.
- Bausteine mit Hohlräumen in supramolekularen Gelen. Angewandte Chemie, 122(38), 6868-6874.
- Exploiting Cavities in Supramolecular Gels. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 49(38), 6718-6724.
- Anion-switchable supramolecular gels for controlling pharmaceutical crystal growth. Nature Chemistry, 2(12), 1037-1043.
- Metal‐Organic Framework Nanosheets as Templates to Enhance Performance in Semi‐Crystalline Organic Photovoltaic Cells. Advanced Science, 2200366-2200366.
- Using gel morphology to control pore shape. New J. Chem., 38(3), 927-932.
- Anion tuning of chiral bis(urea) low molecular weight gels. Soft Matter, 8(1), 204-216.
- Anion tuning and polymer templating in a simple low molecular weight organogelator. Chem. Commun., 47(7), 2095-2097.
- Teaching interests
- Teaching activities
- Tutorials: Level 2 Inorganic Chemistry.
- Level 3 Literature Review
- Level 4 Research Project