Research projects in the lab are centered upon the development of structured materials useful in industrially relevant catalytic processes, electrocatalysis, electrochemical energy storage, membrane-based gas separation and drug delivery. Furthermore, efforts are made towards the development of nanomaterials, composites and porous materials adopting new synthetic methodologies allowing the structural fine tuning at the nanoscale, paving the way for structured materials rendered useful for a variety of applications.

Research Highlights

Two in one: N-doped tubular carbon nanostructure as an efficient metal-free dual electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 6025 – 6031. Pick a Wick: A Simple, Ultrafast Combustion Synthesis of Co3O4 Dispersed Carbon for Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Kinetics, ACS Applied Energy Materials,  2018, 1, 4448 – 4452. Bio-inspired temporal regulation of ion-transport in nanochannels, Nanoscale Advances, 2019, 1, 1847 – 1852.
Supramolecular Switching of Ion-Transport in Nanochannels, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10, 23458–2346 Shape-Directed Compartmentalized Delivery of a Nanoparticle-Conjugated Small-Molecule Activator of an Epigenetic Enzyme in the Brain , Journal of Controlled Release, 2015, 217, 151 – 159. No More HF: Teflon Assisted Ultrafast Removal of Silica to Generate High Surface Area Mesostructured Carbon for Enhanced CO2 Capture and Supercapacitor Performance, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 2032 – 2036.
Nickel-Palladium Bimetallic Catalysts for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 – Unusual Enhancement of Pd Activity in Presence of Nickel, J. Mater. Chem.A 2016, 4, 3233 – 3237. High performance MoS2 membranes: effects of thermally driven phase transition on CO2 separation efficiency, Energy Environ. Sci. 2016,  9, 1224 – 1228 .

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