Addressing urgent energy problems requires the creation of materials that can support emerging
technologies. Our group is prioritizing solar and wind energy, developing supramolecular, porous, and polymeric materials to enhance efficiency and reduce costs compared to existing solutions. These novel materials are crucial in harnessing electricity from renewable sources and are central to our commitment to sustainable energy practices. By leveraging our understanding of fundamental interaction control, binding energy and affinity, and pore environmental design in these materials, we can engineer material platforms tailored to the unique challenges of a sustainable economy. Our ongoing efforts in this field aim to revolutionize energy storage, making a sustainable future more accessible and attainable.
The shift towards a hydrogen-based economy brings with it numerous challenges in material development that must be addressed to render it both practical and economically sound. A primary obstacle is the design of hydrogen storage materials that boast high storage density (both gravimetric and volumetric), maintain appropriate equilibrium pressure, exhibit favorable reaction speeds, ensure relative safety, and are cost-effective. Our past research indicates that porous materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), are promising materials for this purpose. We are working on developing porous materials that could potentially meet all the requirements for practical, reversible on-board storage.