The nanospace of metal organic frameworks can be structurally and functionally tuned by their building blocks. In our laboratory, we focus on creation of nanospace which can recognize specific molecules leading efficient gas separation functions.
One of the most interesting properties of MOFs compared to the other porous materials is framework flexibility. It is known that adsorbed molecules and ligands composed of framework highly dynamic in the nanospace. We are focusing on flexible MOFs which can convert adsorption / desorption or chemical reaction energy to available energy.
We are working on the hybridization of macroporous inorganic material and microporous materials with high density which make possible to effective molecular separation in non-equilibrium system.
Molecular events in the nanospace are totally different from those in our meter sized world. To elucidate such events, we have developed our original measurement systems. In addition, we also utilize state-of-the art technologies such as X-ray free electron laser combined with gas adsorption equipment.