Our research focuses on various aspects of the design and synthesis of functional porous materials for use in applications including adsorption separations, air purification, gas storage, chemical sensing, and catalysis.
We employ a combination of molecular modeling techniques and experiments to develop a molecular-level understanding of adsorption and diffusion properties of the materials. This approach allows us to fully characterize these novel systems and work toward enabling a more rational design of functional materials for adsorption applications.
One of the major challenges in designing or identifying novel porous materials for adsorption applications is developing an in-depth understanding of structure-property relations and host-guest interactions. This information is critical because if we understand the adsorption mechanisms, i.e., how, where, and why a molecule adsorbs in a certain material, we can then exploit this knowledge to design structures that interact more effectively with the molecule of interest. Follow the links below for more information on current projects.