Department of Chemistry
College of Arts & Sciences, Stony Brook University
The research in our group explores the relationship between structure and reactivity in functional materials with a focus on energy applications. We want to understand how a material's function and limitations are governed by its chemistry and structure from the atomic scale to the nanoscale, and beyond. We use a variety of crystallographic characterization tools to directly probe structural transformation during reactions or operation, often exploiting large X-ray and neutron user facilities such as the nearby NSLS-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Ongoing projects focus on nanomaterials, energy-efficient catalysts, energy storage, host-guest interactions and mechanical properties of porous framework and materials discovery and synthesis.