Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Matthew Lennox

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Contact details

Room: 9 West 2.04b
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384742

MSc, PhD


Matthew is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering.  He helps to deliver the undergraduate degree programmes and his research uses molecular simulation to explore adsorption and membrane-based separations.

Dr Matthew Lennox was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in September 2016 and teaches the fluid mechanics component of the second year Chemical Engineering programme, as well as supervising Masters research students and design projects. Matthew is a member of the Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering.

After being awarded his PhD from the Institute for Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh (2014), Matthew joined the University of Nottingham as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. During his time in Nottingham, Matthew worked in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry alongside Prof. E. Besley, using a range of advanced molecular modelling techniques to explore the adsorption of light gases in porous solids. This work – in close collaboration with experimental chemistry groups at the University of Manchester, led by Prof. M. Schröder – was recently recognised as an Outstanding Scientific Contribution (12th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption, 2016).

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2010 – 2014: PhD (‘Industrially Challenging Separations via Metal-Organic Frameworks: A Computational Investigation’), Institute for Materials and Processes, the University of Edinburgh

2005 – 2010: MEng (Hons), The University of Edinburgh


  • CE20089 Transport Phenomena 2
  • CE30122 MEng Research Projects


Matthew’s research uses molecular simulations to help understand adsorption and membrane-based separations and to guide the development of robust and effective materials for these processes. In particular, he is interested in:

  • Vapour and liquid phase adsorption in porous solids
  • Prediction of polymer structures
  • Polymers and porous solids for use in aqueous/humid environments

Current research projects

  • Design of metal organic framework (MOF)-based nanocomposites for bio-broth separations
  • MOF-based adsorbents for indoor air purification
  • Force-field evaluation for light gas adsorption in MOFs

Matthew is available to supervise research degree projects and is open to proposals for student research projects.


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Byrne, K., Zubair, M., Zhu, N., Zhou, X.-p., Fox, D. S., Zhang, H., Twamley, B., Lennox, M. J., Düren, T. and Schmitt, W., 2017. Ultra-large supramolecular coordination cages composed of endohedral Archimedean and Platonic bodies. Nature Communications, 8, 15268.

Moreau, F., Kolokolov, D. I., Stepanov, A. G., Easun, T. L., Dailly, A., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., Nowell, H., Lennox, M. J., Besley, E., Yang, S. and Schröder, M., 2017. Tailoring porosity and rotational dynamics in a series of octacarboxylate metal-organic frameworks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (12), pp. 3056-3061.

Lennox, M. J., Bound, M., Henley, A. and Besley, E., 2017. The right isotherms for the right reasons? Validation of generic force fields for prediction of methane adsorption in metal-organic frameworks. Molecular Simulation, 43 (10-11), pp. 828-837.

Henley, A., Lennox, M. J., Easun, T. L., Moreau, F., Schröder, M. and Besley, E., 2016. Computational evaluation of the impact of incorporated nitrogen and oxygen heteroatoms on the affinity of polyaromatic ligands for carbon dioxide and methane in metal–organic frameworks. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (48), pp. 27342-27348.

Benson, O., da Silva, I., Argent, S. P., Cabot, R., Savage, M., Godfrey, H. G.W., Yan, Y., Parker, S. F., Manuel, P., Lennox, M. J., Mitra, T., Easun, T. L., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., Besley, E., Yang, S. and Schröder, M., 2016. Amides Do Not Always Work: Observation of Guest Binding in an Amide-Functionalized Porous Metal–Organic Framework. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (45), pp. 14828-14831.

Lennox, M. and Düren, T., 2016. Understanding the kinetic and thermodynamic origins of xylene separation in UiO-66(Zr) via molecular simulation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (33), pp. 18651-18658.

Zhu, N., Sensharma, D., Wix, P., Lennox, M., Düren, T., Wong, W.-Y. and Schmitt, W., 2016. Framework-isomerism:highly augmented copper(II) paddlewheel-based MOF with unusual (3,4)-net topology. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2016 (13-14), pp. 1939-1943.

Munn, A. S., Amabilino, S., Stevens, T. W., Daniels, L. M., Clarkson, G. J., Millange, F., Lennox, M., Düren, T., Bourelly, S., Llewellyn, P. L. and Walton, R. I., 2015. Metal-organic frameworks from divalent metals and 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate with bidentate pyridine-N-oxide co-ligands. Crystal Growth and Design, 15 (2), pp. 891-899.

Zhu, N., Lennox, M. J., Düren, T. and Schmitt, W., 2014. Polymorphism of metal-organic frameworks:direct comparison of structures and theoretical N2-uptake of topological pto - And tbo-isomers. Chemical Communications, 50 (32), pp. 4207-4210.

Zhu, N., Lennox, M., Tobin, G., Goodman, L., Düren, T. and Schmitt, W., 2014. Hetero-epitaxial approach by using labile coordination sites to prepare catenated metal-organic frameworks with high surface areas. Chemistry - A European Journal, 20 (13), pp. 3595-3599.

Vermoortele, F., Maes, M., Moghadam, P. Z., Lennox, M., Ragon, F., Boulhout, M., Biswas, S., Laurier, K. G. M., Beurroies, I., Denoyel, R., Roeffaers, M., Stock, N., Düren, T., Serre, C. and De Vos, D. E., 2011. P-xylene-selective metal-organic frameworks:A case of topology-directed selectivity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133 (46), pp. 18526-18529.

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