D&D4 - Nanoporous Materials

Recent developments in chemistry and materials science have made it possible to make millions of novel nanoporous materials. We can generate a spectrum of distinct materials simply by changing the building blocks in the synthesis route of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and related advanced nanoporous materials. Crucially, these materials have important applications related to energy, such as in carbon capture, and other gas separations, gas storage, and catalysis. Indeed, their unique chemical tunability offers the potential to decisively change the field: instead of relying on traditional methods of trial and error, we now have the chemistry at hand to tailor-make materials.


The promise of finding just the right material among millions of hypothetical structures, however, seems remote because of practical limitations. The number of materials we can synthesize, characterize, and fully test is only a tiny fraction of all possibilities. These experimental limitations make it difficult, if not impossible, to systematically search the entire chemical space of these materials. To take full advantage of these materials, project D&D4 aims to develop computational techniques to rapidly screen large number of possible materials and to obtain fundamental molecular insights into what the ideal material looks like for applications of these materials ranging from gas separation, (photo)catalysis, and sensing.


The project is led by Berend Smit.

Group Leaders

Berend Smit
Deputy director
EPFL, Sion
Jürg Hutter
Group leader
UZH, Zürich
Alfredo Pasquarello
Group leader
EPFL, Lausanne
Ivano Tavernelli
Group leader
IBM, Rüschlikon
Marco Ranocchiari
Group leader
PSI, Villigen PSI
Emiliana Fabbri
Group leader
PSI, Villigen PSI

Members

Augustin Bussy
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Fatmah Ebrahim
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Lausanne
Tiziano Müller
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Vladimir Rybkin
Senior postdoc, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Frederick Stein
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Stefano Falletta
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Lausanne
Özge Kadioglu
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Daniele Ongari
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Bardiya Valizadeh
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Patrick Gäumann
Research associate, D&D4
PSI, Villigen PSI
Fernanda Brandalise Nunes
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Sai Lyu
Postdoc, D&D4
EPFL, Lausanne
Yasmine Shauket Al-Hamdani
Postdoc, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Sauradeep Majumdar
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Haiyuan Wang
Postdoc, D&D4
EPFL, Lausanne
Maria Bilichenko
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Gabriele Tocci
Senior researcher, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Stavroula Kampouri
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Beliz Sertcan
PhD student, D&D4
UZH, Zürich
Postdoc, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
PhD student, D&D4
PSI, Villigen PSI
PhD student, D&D4
EPFL, Sion
Aleksei Tal
Postdoc, D&D4
EPFL, Lausanne