Major Research Areas
We seek to correlate structural features with physical properties and to design synthetic strategies to prepare functional materials and to tune their structures and properties. We use synthetic methods from both inorganic and organic chemistry to prepare novel types of material and then use a wide variety of techniques to study their structure and properties. Using suitable organic ligands (predesigned by organic synthetic methods or commercially available ligands) we synthesis new self-assembled materials. Once the structure of new compound is determined by X-ray single crystal diffraction, the obtained bulk materials are characterized by different physical techniques that include powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), elemental analysis, vibrational spectroscopy (IR), sorption, etc. The synthesized materials are used for functional studies like chemical separation, gas storage, magnetism, heterogeneous catalysis, conductivity, sensor etc.
Representative Research Areas
Water Stable and Luminescent-MOF Based Environmental Applications:
2. Sequestration of Environmentally Toxic Pollutants
Industrially Relevant Hydrocarbon Separation:
Separation of hydrocarbon species holds great importance in industrial applications. From the application-perspective, the separation of liquid phase hydrocarbons, especially those having related physical properties and similar molecular sizes is highly challenging for industrial applications. Adsorption-based separation seems the best alternative against the expensive and energy-intensive azeotropic and extractive distillation methods for achieving such separation. In our lab, functional MOFs are being designed and developed for the separation of industrially vital monomers like benzene, p-xylene and styrene from the congener product streams.
Fuel Cell Membranes Materials