Research is a huge, demanding and multidisciplinary field. The field of energy has been a field in full expansion for several years. Environmental or economic pressures are a concern; certain energy processes must be completely redesigned in terms of optimization, profitability or quite simply innovation. Resources are becoming rarer and it is important to manage to better exploit them or find new resources in accordance with sustainable development.
DuongLab research projects propose to use new materials in the context of energy exploitation. Certain materials, such as rare metals, are becoming more and more in demand and more and more difficult to exploit. If graphene has been put forward for several years as a potential replacement for rare metals for its semiconductor capabilities, the use of similar materials is much less explored.
In the context of the exploitation of new energy sources, gases present some difficulties. Their storage is difficult, it must be large enough to allow its use, but also to operate under acceptable conditions. Indeed, the release of gas, its conversion into exploitable energy, often requires extreme conditions. Materials whose structure and orientation of functions are controlled could allow efficient storage.
If the functions of storage and release of gases are important in the use of new energy sources, these same properties can be used for filtration if the materials are selective. In this way, it is possible to design supramolecular structures for filtration. It is also possible, thanks to these principles and the relaxation of storage under specific conditions, to hope to use the materials in the transport of drugs or in the catalysis of certain reactions.
We are developing new materials for energy and nanotechnology. More specifically, DuongLab is interested in the design, synthesis and functionalization of organic, inorganic and organometallic materials such as Covalent Organic Frameworks, Metal-Organic Frameworks and Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Frameworks for applications in gas storage and separation, catalysis for hydrogen production and carbon dioxide reduction. Our research combines tools from organic and inorganic chemistry, supramolecular and reticular chemistry.