Office: BSE 1.104C
Office Phone: (210) 458-5461
Lab Website: http://utsa.edu/chem/faculty/ChenLab/
Areas of Specialization
• Nanoporous metal-organic frameworks
• Functionalization of nano-sized cavities
Current research interest includes solid state nanoporous metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles, self-assembled by coordination of suitable metal ions/clusters with organic building blocks. Such porous materials are of great interest for their potential applications in gas storage, separations, sensors, catalysis and electronics. The current challenge for the synthesis of such materials is to functionalize their nano-sized cavities; so that they can be well suited for specific host-guest interactions and practical applications. Our goals here are to develop synthetic approaches to address the challenge by the emerging crystal design and pre-constructed building blocks strategies. The synthesized materials will be structurally characterized, examined and rationalized for above mentioned functional properties.
See Lab Website.
Licensed Patents (Total of 7 Patents)
Chen, B. (50%), Yaghi, O. M. (50%) High Gas Adsorption in a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework with Open-Metal Sites, US Patent 11/400,478
Current Research Grants
Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks with Open Metal Sites for Recognition of Gases, Welch Foundation (PI)
Part of group members met with
Prof. Michael O’Keeffe when he visited UTSA
Open positions for graduate students and postdoctoral research associates are available at Dr. Chen's group. With solid training on Chemistry and Materials Science, those who are enthusiastic, ambitious and determined to develop excellent academic and industrial careers are particularly welcome.