Luke Keenan


Luke Keenan is now a beamline scientist splitting his time between the B18 core EXAFS beamline and the flagship Diamond II beamline SWIFT

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My area of research has revolved around MOFs and their suitability for heterogeneous catalysis, drug delivery and gas selectivity. Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have structures consisting of extended co-ordination networks of metal centres connected by bridging organic ligands. There has been a rapid growth in the study of MOFs in recent years due largely to their potential for porosity and the extensive range of applications that derive from this, including gas storage, separations and drug delivery. 

I am now a beamline scientist on the B18 beamline, while also involved in the development of the SWIFT beamline. 

I also have experience with material characterisation including; FTIR, Raman, gas sorption, TGA, UV-vis, ESI-TOF mass-spec and XRD techniques. I am also involved in Beamline hardware and software design, testing and development alongside the design and software engineers here at Diamond.

At Diamond I designed, tested and implemented new sample environments for I20-EDE. One recent example is a plug flow-reactor and portable gas delivery system. These are adaptable systems that can be used in a variety of user setups, involving all types of gases from the inert to the toxic flammables. These have been used by the user community to look at heterogeneous catalysis and gas storage and selectivity to date.



Luke L. Keenan, Harina Amer Hamzah, Mary F. Mahon, Mark R. Warren and Andrew D. Burrows, Secondary amine-functionalised metal-organic frameworks: Direct syntheses: Versus tandem post-synthetic modifications2016, 18, 5710-5717. 
DOI: 10.1039/c6ce01270a
Christopher M. Flitchett, Chris Hawes, Paul E. Kruger, Mary F. Mahon, Andrew D. Burrows The synthesis and characterisation of coordination and hydrogen-bonded networks based on 4-(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)benzoic acid, Dalton Transactions, 2015, 44, 19, 9269-9280
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00011D
Nfor E. Ngwang, Andrew D. Burrows, Luke L. Keenan A zinc(II) coordination polymer based on flumequine: Synthesis, crystal structure and luminescence properties, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2014, 46, 180-183. 

Emmanuel N. Nfor, Luke L. Keenan, Justin Nenwa, Peter T. Ndifon, Romanus N. Njong A Novel Mixed Ligand Dinuclear Complex of Cobalt (II): Synthesis, haracterization and Magnetic StudiesCrystal Structure Theory and Applications, 2014, 03, 01, 22-29
DOI: 10.4236/csta.2014.31003
Andrew D. Burrows, Monika Jurcic, Luke L. Keenan, Rebecca A. Lane, Mary F. Mahon, Mark R. Warren, Harriott Nowell, Michael Paradowskic and John Spencer Incorporation by coordination and release of the iron chelator drug deferiprone from zinc-based metal-organic frameworks, 2013, Chem. Commun., 49, 11260-11262
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45689G
Dongmei Jiang, Luke L. Keenan, Andrew D. Burrows and Karen J. Edler Synthesis and post-synthetic modiication of MIL-101(Cr)-NH2 via a tandem diazotisation process, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 99, 12053-12055
DOI: 10.1039/c2cc36344e
Andrew D. Burrows and Luke L. Keenan, Conversion of primary amines into secondary amines on a metal-organic framework using a tandem post-synthetic modification, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 12, 4112. 
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE25131K
Jonathan E. Halls, Charles Y. Cummings, Jay Ellis, Luke L. Keenan, Dongmei Jiang, Andrew D. Burrows and Frank Marken  Redox reactivity of methylene blue bound in pores of UMCM-1, Mol. Cryst. Liquid Cryst., 2012, 554, 1, 12-21. 
DOI: 10.1080/15421406.2012.632738
Jonathan E. Halls, Sunyhik D. Ahn, Dongmei Jiang, Luke L. Keenan, Andrew D. Burrows, Frank Marken Proton uptake vs. redox driven release from metal-organic frameworks: Alizarin red S reactivity in UMCM-1, J. Electro. Chem.,2012, 689, 168-175. 
DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2012.11.016
Andrew D. Burrows, Christopher G. Frost, Mathivathani Kandiah, Luke L. Keenan, Mary F. Mahon, Teresa L. Savarese, John E. Warren The effect of reaction conditions on the nature of cadmium 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate metal-organic frameworks, Inorg. Chim. Acta., 2011, 366, 1, 303-309. ISBN: 0020-1693
DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2010.11.025



Luke Keenan is a Support Scientist on the Versatile X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy beamline (LOLA) I20. He joined in 2013 after his PhD studies at the University of Bath, in the Dr. A. Burrows group, investigating the Post-Synthetic Modification (PSM) of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

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