1. Next-generation Materials Genome

The basic molecular building blocks (e.g. metal atoms, organic linkers) can be combined in many different ways to form crystalline structures with different chemistry and topology.  The Materials Genome project seeks to enumerate a large database of nanomaterials and map their functionalities to different sets of applications that can be used in the future. 

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Chemical Engineering

In the next decade or so, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) research are predicted to impact every aspects of our daily lives.  Moreover, it is conceivable that the way we conduct research will change with help of AI.  In our research lab, we seek ways in which AI and deep learning can help us develop new materials, leading to better adsorbents, catalysts, and batteries for the future.   Moreover, machine learning can be used to detect minute amount of gas for highly sensitive sensors.  Finally, we can use these technology to analyze texts/images from published papers for text mining/data mining for information retrieval.      

3.  Applications of Porous Materials

We are interested in various different environmental and energy related applications for nanoporous materials.  In particular we are focused on gas storage (e.g. hydrogen, methane), gas separations (e.g. carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons), water harvesting, catalysis, sensors, and electrical conductors.  We actively seek collaborations with experimentalists to strengthen our research results.  

4. Software Development for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineers

We seek to develop various different software that we use in our lab.  We seek to make it easier for us as well as other people around the world to use these tools for their research.  Our in-house developed codes include (1) GPU molecular simulation code (2) IAST builder (3) polymer builder (4) various neural networks (5) text/image mining codes and (6) metal-organic framework builder.  We seek to build a library of codes and encourage coding for all the members in the group as this is becoming more and more important skills for chemical and biomolecular engineers.