Centre for Nanoporous Materials
Schools of Chemistry and CEAS 
Dr Martin Attfield BA (Oxon) MA PhD
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the CNM

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Martin graduated from Oxford with an upper second class honours degree in Chemistry in 1991, and then went onto to obtain a PhD in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996. His dissertation work involved the location and characterisation of extra-framework species in zeolitic redox catalysts and he was supervised by Professor Anthony Cheetham. He then spent two periods as a post-doctoral researcher investigating the property of negative thermal expansion of microporous materials, in Professor Art Sleight's group at Oregon State University, and the use of Ti-containing mesoporous materials as epoxidation catalysts in a Shell sponsored project in Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas' group at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In 1999 Martin was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which he commenced in October 1999 based at Birkbeck College from where he transfered to UMIST, now The Univeristy of Manchester, in February 2003. Martin became a lecturer in the School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester in October 2007 and his research interests include the synthesis, characterisation and application of microprous materials.
tel:        +44 (0)161 306 4467
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e-mail:  m.attfield@manchester.ac.uk

Selected publications:
  • Structural Variety within Gallium Diphosphonates Affected by the Organic Linker Length
    Martin P. Attfield, Zhanhui H. Yuan, Howard G. Harvey and William Clegg.
    Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, 49, 2656-2666.

  • Revisiting the structure of the germanate zeotype ASU-7 (ASV)
    Martin P. Attfield, Faisal Al-Otaibi and Yousef Al-Ebini.
    Micro. Meso. Mater., 2009, 118, 508-512.

  • Single layer growth of sub-micron metal-organic framework crystals observed by in situ atomic force microscopy
    Neena S. John, Camilla Scherb, Maryiam Shoaee, Michael W. Anderson, Martin P. Attfield and Thomas Bein.
    Chem. Commun., 2009, 6294-6296.

  • Formation of helix-containing rods in a hybrid inorganic-organic material
    Zhanhui Yuan, William Clegg and Martin P. Attfield.
    J. Solid State Chem., 2009, 182, 3049-3054.

  • Crystal Form, Defects and Growth of the Metal Organic Framework HKUST-1 Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy
    M. She, J.R. Agger, M.W. Anderson and M.P. Attfield.
    Cryst. Eng. Comm., 2008, 10, 646-648.

  • Characterisation and properties of the n=3 and n=4 members of the Al-2[O3PCnH2nPO3](H2O)(2)F-2 framework aluminium alkylenediphosphonate series
    Martin P. Attfield, Carlos Mendieta-Tan, Zhanhui Yuan, William Clegg.
    Solid State Sciences, 2008, 10, 1124-1131.

  • Synthesis and characterization of a novel germanate material containing 16-ring channels and templated by a simple primary amine
    M.P. Attfield, Y. Al-Ebini, R.G. Pritchard, E.M. Andrews, R.J. Charlesworth, W. Hung, B.J. Masheder and D.S. Royal
    Chem. Mater., 19, 316 (2007).

  • Synthesis and characterization of two novel pyridine-containing framework gallium ethylenediphosphonates
    Z. Yuan, W. Clegg and M.P. Attfield
    J. Solid State Chem., 179, 1739, (2006).

  • Synthesis and structure of the n = 4 member of the framework aluminium alkylenediphosphonate series Al2[O3PCnH2nPO3](H2O)2F2
    Z. Yuan, W. Clegg and M.P. Attfield
    J. Porous Mater., 13, 207 (2006).

  • Synthesis, crystal structures, and modifications of novel framework gallium diphosphonates
    H.G. Harvey, A.C. Herve, H.C. Hailes and M.P. Attfield
    Chem. Mater., 16, 3756 (2004).

  • Rational design of the pore system within the framework aluminium alkylenediphosphonate series
    H.G. Harvey, B. Slater and M.P. Attfield
    Chem. Eur. J., 10, 3270 (2004).

  • Synthesis, crystal structures, and properties of novel lamellar gallium methylenediphosphonates
    H.G. Harvey and M.P. Attfield
    Chem. Mater., 16, 199 (2004).

  • Synthesis and characterization of three novel cation (NH4+/ C3H7NH3+/ NH3+C2H4NH3+) containing aluminum diphosphonates
    H.G. Harvey, S.J. Teat, C.C. Tang, L.M. Cranswick and M.P. Attfield
    Inorg. Chem., 42, 2428 (2003).

  • Synthesis, structural characterization, and readsorption behaviour of a solid solution aluminum phosphite/ ethylenediphosphonate series
    H.G. Harvey, J. Hu and M.P. Attfield
    Chem. Mater., 15, 179 (2003).

  • Microporous materials
    M.P. Attfield
    Science Progress, 85, 319, (2002).

  • Trigonal bipyramidal SiO4F- species in siliceous zeolites
    M.P. Attfield, C.R.A. Catlow and A.A. Sokol
    Chem. Mater., 13, 4708 (2001).