Research

Our research focuses on the area of organic materials chemistry covering length scales from the atomic up to the macroscopic. Our core goal is to synthesize materials with structures and functions that are not found in other systems. We also focus on developing methods to achieve control over organic materials structure at the atomic level as a platform to enable a broad range of applications in areas such as energy.

Examples of materials with unique function include the first nanoporous polymers, or 'CMPs', with extended conjugation (Jiang, et al.Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.2007), dry water for gas storage (Wang et al.J. Am. Chem. Soc.2008), biocidal organic nanoparticles (Nature Nano.2008),  molecular organic solids where porosity can be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’ (Jones et al.Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.2010), CMPs with tuneable optical band gaps (Jiang et al.Chem. Sci., 2011), a new 2-D carbon nitride graphene analogue (Algara-Siller et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2014), and porous organic cages (Nature Mater., 2009) for shape- and size-selective molecular separations (Nature Chem., 2013; Nature Mater., 2014).

We are also using predictive computational simulations to design specific functionality into molecular organic solids, both by understanding the molecular assembly process (Nature, 2011) and the inherent molecular dynamics of the materials (Jiang et al., JACS, 2013).

We also collaborate with other groups in computation and measurement in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Physics. Underpinning our research programme is a suite of equipment for high-throughput materials research.