Research

Design and synthesis of rare-earth (RE) metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for various applications described below.

Metal Organic Frameworks

MOF Adsorptive Removal of Contaminants from Water

Adsorptive Removal of Contaminants from Water

RE-MOFs are tuned for the targeted removal of various contaminants from water. Metal node connectivity, pore/aperture size, and chemical functionality of the organic linker are modified to enhance adsorption. Focus is placed on the uptake and removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products.


Catalytic Degradation of Persistent Contaminants

RE-MOFs are used to catalytically break down contaminants that are not easily removed by adsorption alone. Focus is placed on the development of Lewis-acidic MOFs.

MOF Catalytic Degradation of Persistent Contaminants

MOF Luminescent Sensing of Contaminants in Water

Luminescent Sensing of Contaminants in Water

The luminescent properties of RE-MOFs are tuned by varying the identity of the metal and organic linker used to build the framework. Contaminants are detected by ‘turn-on’ or “turn-off” luminescence originating from the rare earth metals.