Catalysis is an important key enabling technology that supports our economies because the world’s most successful industrial sectors such as petroleum, chemicals production, energy generation, food production etc. rely heavily on catalysis. Improvements in the efficiency and cost effectiveness of separation technologies and catalysis have significant potential impact on global energy consumption. We are interested in developing heterogeneous catalyst based on MOFs and incorporating catalytic sites (transition metal and rhodium/ruthenium) onto solid supports.

During my post doctoral research in Prof. Petrukhina’s group at University at Albany, SUNY, NY US, recyclable dirhodium compounds embedded in nanoporous surface–functionalized organosilica hosts were prepared and shown to be a good catalyst for carbenoid–mediated cyclopropanation reactions, ChemCatChem, 2010, 2, 1461 (a). After successfully incorporating catalyst onto polymeric network via coordination bonds, we developed covalently bound metal paddle–wheel carboxylates onto polymeric materials via amide linkage. The polymeric forms of paddle–wheel carboxylates complex represent unique examples of 2D extended frameworks based on dirhodium tetracarboxylate paddlewheel units devoid of any exogenous ligands,  Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 4855 (b)



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