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Our Research

Our research primarily focuses on the synthesis, characterisation, and application of advanced nanoporous materials. Our work spans numerous projects, from exploring new strategies for hydrogen storage and examining the potential of superconductivity, to the development of sustainable catalysts for environmental remediation and the creation of lightweight composite metamaterials for sound applications.

In our quest to advance scientific understanding and technological progress, we continue to push the boundaries of knowledge and look forward to future explorations and discoveries. Join us on our journey of innovation and discovery as we strive to build a more sustainable and advanced future.

Advanced Synthesis Techniques for Hierarchical Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks

Welcome to our research group's website, where we are passionately committed to investigating and pioneering advanced techniques for the synthesis of hierarchical porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Our research holds considerable promise for the scientific community, as MOFs, characterized by their unique porosity and large surface area, exhibit tremendous potential in a broad array of applications, spanning from gas storage and catalysis to drug delivery.

We are primarily dedicated to devising strategies to fabricate MOFs with larger pores, an innovation that could substantially enhance the accessibility and diffusion rate of molecules within these structures. This advancement could potentially resolve one of the significant challenges inhibiting the extensive use of MOFs. Join us as we navigate the complex world of these fascinating materials, pushing boundaries and broadening our understanding.

hierarchical MOF

Recycling PET Plastic Waste into Advanced Photocatalytic Materials for Water Pollution Remediation and Circular Economy Applications

Our next major research objective revolves around developing innovative and sustainable methods for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic waste. The goal is to transform this waste into useful materials that can significantly mitigate water pollution. This initiative has far-reaching implications, as it provides a fresh approach to address two escalating global concerns—plastic waste and water contamination.

We're at the forefront of creating light-activated materials that can degrade harmful organic pollutants, offering an effective dual-solution to these environmental challenges. Furthermore, our exploration of heterostructures and their potential applications opens the door for additional advancements in the field of chemistry, particularly in the development of potent photocatalysts. Stay with us as we continue to push boundaries and make significant strides towards a sustainable future.

plastic to MOF

Nanoconfinement in Diverse Porous Materials for Optimised Hydrogen Storage

Building on our expertise in using neutron experiments and gas sorption at high pressure, we are venturing into an exciting exploration of molecular hydrogen's (H2) behaviour under nanoconfinement within diverse materials. Our attention is particularly drawn towards understanding the effects of pore size and geometry on densification and storage capabilities.

The implications of this research are profound as it carries the potential to transform clean energy applications, including hydrogen storage, nuclear fusion, and superconductive energy storage. By employing nanoporous materials, we aim to surmount the challenge of forming dense hydrogen phases, typically achieved only under extreme temperature or pressure conditions. Join us as we continue pushing the frontier of sustainable energy solutions.

crystalline phase diagram of hydrogen

Fractal Metamaterials for Enhanced Sound Insulation

Continuing our focus on innovative research, we are keenly addressing the challenges of low-frequency sound insulation prevalent in aerospace and automotive applications. The spotlight here is on the promising realm of acoustic metamaterials. We are meticulously studying the impact of cavities formed as fractal geometries to devise Fractal Metamaterials (HFM) capable of boosting acoustic performance while simultaneously reducing volume, weight, and energy requirements.

This research is pivotal as it breaks free from the constraints of traditional sound insulation techniques, which often grapple with space and weight considerations. By paving a new path using metamaterials, we are opening a window of opportunity to achieve superior acoustic insulation in aerospace and automotive settings. The upshot of our work includes enhancing passenger comfort, decreasing noise pollution, and contributing significant advancements to the field of acoustics. Stay tuned as we explore these sound solutions for a quieter future.

acoustic metamaterial

Exploring the role of cations in the selective gas sorption and conductive properties of chabazite zeolites

Our work delves into the potential of zeolites, particularly chabazite, exploring their gas sorption and ion exchange capabilities – vital in diverse scientific and industrial pursuits. With a growing focus on clean energy and eco-friendly solutions, these materials' in-depth study becomes pivotal. The capacity to selectively trap and separate gases can help combat greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Moreover, integrating these chabazites into next-gen electric-based gas sensors could escalate safety in sectors like petrochemicals and waste management. Locally, this research propels the creation of new, sustainable technologies to tackle environmental challenges, fortify industrial safety, and promote sustainable practices – echoing wider objectives of environmental preservation, economic advancement, and public health improvement.

Chabazite zeolite
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