We are interested in all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and functional materials. Our research is directed towards molecular design, synthetic chemistry and materials applications in energy/environmental/biological-related fields.
So-called Functional Ceramics are ceramics designed for special applications requiring electric, magnetic, catalytic, optical or another advanced property. Our work focuses on the design and synthesis of nanoscaled inorganic materials and the study their optical and catalytic properties. We are searching for efficient lanthanide-based nanophosphors for optoelectronic and biomedical applications such as optical imaging and detection of tumors. Another central topic of this research is the development of oxide-based catalysts for steam methane reforming as well as adsorbents for high-temperature CO2 capture and storage.
Hybrid materials, among them, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are coordination polymers consisting of metal ions or clusters linked into extended structures by bridging polydentate organic ligands. These materials are of our special interest and we study several aspects of hybrid materials ranging from their synthesis to applications in different fields.
Supramolecular chemistry is the branch of chemistry associated with the study of complex molecular systems formed from several discrete chemical components. The general field of this research is a host-guest supramolecular chemistry, which covers several specific topics including design at the molecular level to synthesize hosts with high affinities for specific guest molecules or ions and self-assembly processes leading to non-covalently complex systems.