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.

Selective Adsorbents for Carbon Dioxide Capture

Novel Porous Structures for Enhanced Air Purification

Metal-Organic Frameworks/Nanoparticle Composites as Site-Specific Catalysts

Developing Fine Control over Synthesis of Carbide-Derived Carbons

Carbide Derived Carbons for Air Quality Control

Modulation of Adsorption Properties of MOFs by Post-Synthetic Modification

Adsorption Separations for Natural Gas Upgrading

Synthesis of New Organic Ligands for Novel Families of MOFs