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Organic and Inorganic Functional Material Design

Molecular Separation- Photocatalysis - Photophysics - Supramolecular Chemistry 

Research Theme

Sustainability of synthetic materials is the primary challenge towards realizing practical applications. While designing a functional material, molecular structures and mesoscopic assembly process, both play imperative roles to make it sustainable. We aim to programme the molecular assembly in mesoscale to realize sustainability for targeted applications, including filtration, photocatalysis and smart optical materials.

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MOF thin film

Materials:                 Metal-organic frameworks, Conjugated porous polymers, Photoactive molecules

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News & Events

Publication update: Our first paper is accepted in Mol. Syst. Des. Eng. (emerging investigator series) In the context of chemical separation, membrane based technologies are the most advanced and sustainable. One of the fundamental aspect of membrane based separation is molecular diffusivity. In this work we have demonstrated that molecular diffusivity in a porous thin film (which can act as a membrane) can be enhanced by atleast a factor of 2, if the nanochannles are aligned in a preferential way. More details can be found in the following link (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2022/me/d2me00091a)

Research Grant: We have been awarded Infosys-TIFR leading reserach grant to study efficicincy of epitaxially grown membranes. It is a collaborative proposal with Dr. Jagannath Mondal and Dr. Vipin Agarwal from TIFR Hyderabad To learn more see the twitter thread from @TIFRH_buzz: https://twitter.com/TIFRH_buzz/status/1519255387895398401

Inviting submission in Frontiers physics as a topic editor for "Assembly-Modulated Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials" See details here: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/32924/assembly-modulated-optoelectronic-and-photonic-materials

Latest Publications

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A photoactive MOF-MOF heterostructure, that exhibits spatioselective photoreaction; using this heterostructure a photocontrolled MOF delamination process is realized. To know more: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.1c16173

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Using layer-by-layer, epitaxial MOF growth methods, a built-in electric field is realized in MOF thin film. The asymmteric thin film exhibited large nonlinear response. To know more: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adma.202103287