The rigid apertures of inorganic porous materials have long been exploited to effect industrially important catalytic reactivity in a shape-selective manner. In particular, zeolites catalysts are renowned for their robust nature that allows for their pore structures to remain in tact even under extreme conditions. We are interested in designing new homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes that are inspired by this design principle, thereby expanding the breadth and power of shape-selective catalysis.
Next-Generation Materials for Molecular Separations
Industrial separations of small molecule mixtures consume staggering quantities of energy, due in large part to their frequent reliance on thermally-driven methods. As potential alternatives, adsorbent and membrane technologies have the potential to afford substantial energy and cost savings. We are interested in the rational design of new types of rigid and soft materials that can display large selectivites yet undergo facile regeneration, and hope to work toward the replacement of established separation processes with lower-cost and greener technologies.
Trapping Elusive Species within Porous Materials
Inert gas matrices have facilitated the spectroscopic characterization of myriad molecular inorganic/organometallic species that have no stable condensed-phase analogues. We are interested exploiting the pores of crystalline framework materials as protective spheres to abet the isolation, characterization, and manipulation of typically fleeting molecular fragments.