Department of Chemistry
Chevron Science Center
219 Parkman Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, Metal-Organic Frameworks, Nanoparticle Assembly, Materials for Sustainable Energy
New materials drive innovations in energy, medicine, and countless other fields. We are broadly interested in the design, synthesis, and discovery of new materials. We use a suite of chemical building blocks, including small molecules, biomolecules, metal clusters, nanoparticles, etc., to construct well-ordered (periodic) hierarchical structures whose properties depend intrinsically on the nature of the building blocks and their organization in space. Ultimately, we strive toward the conception and realization of unifying design principles that will facilitate the organization of such building blocks over multiple length scales.
Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our research, students and postdocs from diverse chemical disciplines are encouraged to participate. While in lab, they become familiar with a wide array of solution, solid-state, automated, and high-throughput synthetic methods. Further, they become skilled at using NMR, mass spectroscopy, IR, SEM, TEM, thermal analysis, sorption, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, and X-ray diffraction methods to characterize their materials. They are encouraged to attend national and international meetings to disseminate their most exciting results.
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, 2014
Kavli Fellow, 2012
ChemComm Emerging Investigator, 2011
NSF CAREER Award, 2010-2015
US Delegate for Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry Conference, 2008