Our research efforts focus on the design, synthesis and applications of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that are functional and/or controllably responsive to stimuli such as pH, light, magnetism or particular enzymes.
We aim to develop systems that can be triggered on demand using self-assembly and supramolecular tools. Surface functionalization together with internal engineering of porous nanomaterials is one of the group’s major thrusts. Our systems are successfully used for probing, imaging, and controlled delivery applications. Employing efficient surface modification, these systems can be utilized in harsh industrial settings such as upstream oil exploration and recovery. Further, our smart materials may be integrated into polymer matrices to develop smart coatings and membranes that can be used for a wide range of applications such as anticorrosion, antibacterial, and self-healing.