Heterogeneous catalysis is critical to petroleum chemistry. Effective and efficient catalysts are making our energy source cleaner. Selective metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a class of porous material, show great potential to catalyze, separate and remove certain petrochemicals, such as aromatic hydrocarbons and sulfur-containing compounds. Our goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms of the catalytic reactions on selective MOFs.
The development of nanoscale materials and nano processing technology is becoming critically important, as we are approaching the limit of the Moore's Law. Due to the nature of the highly ordered pore structures MOFs, MOF thin films are an ideal candidate for dielectric materials. The main goal of this project is to synthesis of selective surface-anchored MOF thin films, and integrate MOF thin films as an insulating layer on semiconductor surfaces.
Methane is one of the primary greenhouse gases. A significant amount of methane has been released to the atmosphere over Arctic, and this process has been accelerated by global warming. At the same time, methane as the main component in natural gas is a superstar in alternative fuels. Trapping natural methane and transferring it into usable energy would be one way to unite these efforts. In this research program, we will use hybrid MOFs to capture methane in liquid phase, and measure methane uptake amount in situ.
A group of Fe-containing MOFs exhibits high drug loading capacity and low toxicity in various biological systems. Our research focuses on the preparation and characterization of Fe-containing MOF thin films as a surface coating material for drug elution.