Our research focuses on the rational design, synthesis, and characterization of polymers and porous
materials for clean technology applications related to energy-efficient separations.
Polymers can be synthetically tailored to control molecular interactions and diffusion rates in thin films. We focus on understanding the fundamental relationships between how polymer chemistry and the sub-nanometer spacing between polymer chains affects mass transfer.
Composed of metal cations connected to organic linkers, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are crystalline, permanently porous coordination solids. The chemistry and structure of these materials can be precisely designed for a variety of applications in separations, gas storage, and catalysis.
Separations are responsible for 10 - 15% of the world's energy consumption and 16% of direct CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. We seek to design practical systems for mitigating energy-inefficiency and the environmental footprint from traditional separation devices used in industry today.