We are an interdisciplinary research group at the intersection between physical and inorganic/molecular materials chemistry focused on the areas of light-matter interactions and catalysis. We synthesize small organic and inorganic molecules for stand-alone studies and integration into three-dimensional molecular materials, namely metal-organic frameworks. We use the synthesized molecules and molecular materials to study complex reaction mechanisms and uncover design rules for desired reactivities. The techniques heavily utilized for all projects include NMR, electrochemistry, optical spectroscopy (steady-state and time-resolved), X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and synchrotron-based techniques.
We are actively recruiting graduate students for the following projects:
1. Mechanistic Investigations of Energy Transfer and Water Oxidation Catalysis in Metal Organic Frameworks (DOE-funded)
2. Applications of Optimized Redox Hopping Electron Transport through Metal-Organic Frameworks (NSF-funded)
3. The Role of Spin on Photoinduced Charge Separation and Catalysis (NSF-funded)
4. Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Destruction of Chemical Warfare agents (ARO/DTRA funded)
Come join the team!
We are grateful for current funding from: