The Functional Dense Metal-Organic Frameworks (FunDeMOF) meeting brings researchers with expertise in developing new dense MOFs, hybrid materials and other related frameworks together with experts in characterising key properties for which these have significant potential. The meeting is being held at the University of Kent from 1 pm on the 16th of April until 1 pm on the 17th of April 2024, with presentations hosted in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3.

Scientific Programme

A draft timetable will be made available on this webpage closer to the starting point of this meeting with two sessions in the afternoon of the 16th April followed by a poster session and two sessions in the morning of the 17th of April. It is envisaged that a broad range of functional dense frameworks will be discussed, including those with applications in caloric cooling, batteries, fuel cells, piezoelectrics & ferroelectrics.

At this stage we have three confirmed keynote speakers who are experts in analysis of the properties of functional materials, with significant experience in analysing dense frameworks and related systems. These are:

Dr Robert Armstrong (University of St Andrews) “Rapid Synthesis and Electrode Optimisation of Organic Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries”

Professor Chris Bowen (University of Bath) “Design and manufacture of porous piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials and structures for energy harvesting”

Dr Alexander Forse (University of Cambridge) “Using Conducting MOFs to Understanding Energy Storage in Supercapacitors”

Professor Xavier Moya (University of Cambridge) “Caloric materials for sustainable heating and cooling”

Registration Fees

Registration is £25, with remaining costs covered by EPSRC sponsorship. This includes an informal dinner during the poster session on the evening of the 16th and lunch on the 17th of April. Please register here by the 18th of March to ensure you are able to particpate in the meeting.


Single en-suite accommodation is available for the night of the 16th with limited availability also on the night of the 15th and 17th. This is in Becket Court at the University of Kent and is available on a bed and breakfast basis at the cost of £52 per night. Please book here you need to enter the promotion code “fundemof” to access this accommodation option.

Travel Advice

The meeting is being held in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 at the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent. Travel advice on how to reach the campus can be found here. In many cases the best public transport option will be to make your most efficient way to London and then catch the train from London St Pancras to Canterbury West (which can usually also be boarded at Ashford International), where most of this journey uses HS1. Canterbury East connects with London Victoria and London Charing Cross but the services are slower. It is roughly a 25 minute walk from Canterbury West to campus, a small part of which is up the relatively steep hill on which the campus is based. Alternatively there is a cab rank at the station and regular buses (the Triangle, Uni1  or Uni2) stop at the nearby Whitstable road. A map of the Canterbury campus can be found here.

Abstract Submission

All attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster presentation on their work on dense MOFs and other hybrid materials. Abstracts should be submitted using the template below and emailing this to Paul Saines at Please include an indication of whether you would prefer to give an oral or poster presentation, and in the case of where the duration of the meeting does not allow all potential oral presentations, if you would be willing to be considered to give a poster presentation instead. The deadline for abstract submission is the 8th of March.