Nanomachines & Nanomanipulation Functionalized Nanoporous Materials

Nanoporous materials can find application in a wide variety of areas, such as catalysis, sensors, gas storage, and optoelectronics. As an example of such a class of materials, covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have increasingly attracted interest in the literature due to their tunable pore size, permanent porosity, high surface area, and stability towards heat and various organic solvents. 

In order to target specific applications employing these porous networks, tuning of the COF properties is desirable. This can be achieved, for instance, by equipping the pores with appropriate functionalities. The focus of this project is on the development of functionalized framework materials and their application in sensing and recognition.