Dr Matthew Hill leads work in the usage of the ultraporous Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for applications in gas storage and separation.The research ranges from fundamental materials discovery of new MOFs through to more applied usage for gas storage, or design of MOF-based gas separation membranes. Dr Hill has developed numerous novel porous materials.MOFs are extraordinarily tiny with the surface area of a football field in a single gram, walls just one atom thick and reactive pores less than one nanometre wide.These remarkable materials are cited in the 2010 US Department of Energy resource document on Carbon Capture Beyond 2020 with MOFs discussed as a promising technology for carbon capture.
A promising technology for carbon capture, MOFs have the potential to make a major contribution to reducing emissions from power generation. During his time at CSIRO, Dr Hill has developed numerous novel porous materials that include battery electrodes, gas storage materials, medical imaging contrast agents, and metal organic frameworks for gas separations.
Dr Hill's progress as an early career researcher has been recognised on several occasions, including awards such as the 2012 Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science, the 2010 Victoria Fellowship and CSIRO Julius Career Award.