(7cn) Engineered Porous Materials for Advanced Chemical Conversions: Understanding Structure-Property-Acitivty Relationship

Authors: 
Nune, S. K., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Engineered Porous Materials for Advanced Chemical
Conversions: Understanding Structure-Property-Activity Relationship

Satish K. Nune

Senior Research Scientist, Applied
Functional Materials

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(PNNL), Richland, WA

Engineering,
materials and catalysis play a vital role in achieving energy security for sustainable
future and growth. Accelerated development of new advanced materials with well-defined active sites for
achieving unique, reproducible and reliable properties is a key in
achieving global competitiveness in
21st century. Although
recent advances in porous materials have provided significant progress, there
is an explicit and growing need for the development of new advanced materials
with improved properties. If one could successfully engineer porous materials
that are robust, structurally tunable and inexpensive but utilize all active
sites, porous materials could potentially offer a clear advantage over other
porous materials. To address this, Dr. Nune has developed various nanoscale
porous materials with varied functionalities and hydrophobicity by taking
advantage of metal-ligand cooperation effect for sustainable, economical and
energetically favored chemical transformations. Wide variations in metal ions and linkers allowed structural
tailorability to precisely control pore size, surface area, and Lewis acidity. He
also developed approaches to further
synthesize and functionalize porous nanomaterials with well-defined active
sites and activity that cannot be synthesized otherwise. Larger pore sizes
translated to smaller mass transport limitations compared to other inorganic
materials and greater accessibility to active sites in the framework that are critical
for inducing selectivity. Dr. Nune will discuss on Engineered
Porous Materials for Advanced Chemical Conversions: Understanding
Structure-Property-Activity Relationship.

Research Interests:

Hybrid Porous Materials, Catalyst
Design, Doped-Porous Carbons, Gas Separation, Advanced Chemical Conversions,
Energy Storage, Critical Metal Extraction, Nanomaterials-Synthesis and
Functionalization.

Teaching Interests:  

1. Introduction to Materials
Science and Engineering

2. Principles of Chemical
Engineering

3. Kinetics and Reactor
Design 

4. Advanced Composites