My research is about the synthesis, characterisation and applications of porous materials (such as metal-organic frameworks, zeolites and functional silicas) to address challenges in sustainable development (catalysis, gas separation, water treatment and energy storage). I already have over 20 peer-reviewed papers in respected journals for my PhD and my postdoctoral projects. I have developed new methodologies to produce metal-organic framework (MOFs) with macropores of different dimensions and geometries via various synthetic strategies including acid etching and supercritical CO2 treatment to improve their reactivity. The impact of this approach on heterogeneous catalysis was that these new MOFs with hierarchical porosity delivered enhanced performance with fast intercalation of reactants into active sites. These studies demonstrated the potential for adjusting the shape and size of the pores for the deployment of MOFs as multifunctional platforms for controlling the mass transport of reactants.
Main Research Areas:
Porous materials synthesis and characterisation
Synthesis of hierarchical porous materials using green and scalable synthetic approaches
Innovative catalyst technologies using functional porous materials
Energy conversion and storage using hierarchical porous materials