Dr Marco Taddei

MSCA Cofund Fellow

Energy Safety Research Institute - Swansea University


I am a chemist working at the Energy Safety Research Institute, a multidisciplinary research center part of the College of Engineering at Swansea University.

I am a member of the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage group, led by Dr Enrico Andreoli. My research involves the design, synthesis and structural characterisation of new porous solid sorbents for carbon dioxide capture.

My main scientific interests lie in the fields of inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, solid-state chemistry and crystallography (mainly powder X-Ray diffraction). Secondary fields of expertise include organic chemistry, microwave chemistry and flow chemistry.

I am a co-founder and scientific advisor of novoMOF, a Swiss-based company manufacturing and commercialising metal-organic frameworks.

Contact Details

Email: marco.taddei@swansea.ac.uk, marcotaddei@hotmail.com

Phone: +44(0)1792 606230

Address: Swansea University – Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea, SA1 8EN, UK


29/09/2019: The outreach booklet "Recycling Carbon - An illustrated story" is finally ready! My wife and I have been working on it over the last few months and she has  done an amazing work with the illustrations. The booklet can be viewed and downloaded in the Outreach section.

19/09/2019: On the 24th of September, Stephen and I will attend the 2nd European Workshop on Metal Phosphonate Chemistry in Berlin. Stephen will present a poster, while I will be giving an invited talk on metal phosphonates and CO2 capture.

05/09/2019: Our contribution to the Special Issue Functional Coordination Polymers and Metal–Organic Frameworks in Inorganics of the journal Inorganics has been published: "An Optimised Compaction Process for Zr-Fumarate (MOF-801)". This paper stems from the results obtained during a group project that involved six Master students. Read it here.

19/08/2019: New paper, entitled "Band gap modulation of zirconium-based metal-organic frameworks by defect engineering" is just accepted in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A! It is the result of a successful collaboration with other ESRI members, Imperial College London and University College Cork. I am especially proud of this paper, as it is going to be featured in the "2019 Emerging Investigators" Themed Issue. Read it here. Preprint available here.

15/08/2019: Latest paper, entitled "Investigating the effect of positional isomerism on the assembly of zirconium phosphonates based on tritopic linkers", is out in Dalton Transactions. PhD student Stephen from ESRI contributed to the synthesis and characterisation of the linker. The paper will be part of a Special Issue in honour of Prof Abraham Clearfield, pioneer of metal phosphonate chemistry. Read it here. Preprint available here.

08/06/2019: Louise's paper, entitled "Epoxy-cross-linked Polyamine CO2 Sorbents Enhanced via Hydrophobic Functionalization" has been accepted in the journal Chemistry of Materials. I am very glad to have been involved in this brilliant work, contributing with some gas sorption analysis and discussion. Read it here.

24/05/2019: Our perspective article entitled "New directions in metal phosphonate and phosphinate chemistry" has been published in the journal Crystals. It is a collective article coauthored by all the speakers of the 1st European Workshop on Metal Phosphonates Chemistry and provides an overview of the topics discussed during the workshop. This is also the first publication for PhD student Stephen Shearan. We hope it will become an important reference for people working in the field of metal phosphonates and phosphinates. Read it here.

05/05/2019: Matthew, Enrico and myself are attending the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on carbon capture, utilisation and storage in Les Diablerets (CH).

19/02/2019: Our article "A new approach to enhancing the CO2 capture performance of defective UiO-66 via post-synthetic defect exchange" was just published in the journal Dalton Transactions. Read it here. Preprint available here.

10/01/2019: Matthew and I will attend the event "Metal Organic Frameworks - the Scope for UK Exploitation", organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network in London on the 23rd of January. I will give a talk about our recent work on perfluorinated Ce-based MOFs for CO2 capture.

23/11/2018: Our article "Water-Based Synthesis and Enhanced CO2 Capture Performance of Perfluorinated Cerium-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks with UiO-66 and MIL-140 Topology" was accepted for publication in the special issue "Advanced Porous Materials: Design, Synthesis and Application in Sustainability" in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. It is the result of a collaboration with other Italian researchers from Swansea University, University of Perugia, the Italian National Research Council and University College Cork. Read it here. Preprint available here.

17/10/2018: My second son Alessandro David was born this morning at 6.41 AM at the Singleton Hospital in Swansea. He weighed 3.620 kg at birth and is in perfect health. Props to mum for doing all the hard work.

30/09/2018: Our newest preprint, entitled "A New Approach to Enhancing the CO2 Capture Performance of Defective UiO-66 via Post-Synthetic Defect Exchange" is now available online at ChemRxiv. It is based on the work done by Nassos over the last year and follows up on the things we've learnt during our previous work recently published in Angewandte Chemie. Read it here.