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My research focuses on the synthesis of nanoporous and nanostructured materials for engineering applications with an emphasis on thin film and membrane development. My PhD thesis addresses how pore structure can be designed to effect the gas transport and separation properties of nanoporous membranes. This work has advanced our understanding in this area in several aspects and a number of novel technologies have come about as a result:
- We have pioneered the fabrication and application of novel catalytic nanoporous carbon membranes for in-situ reaction and separation.
- Considerable insight has been gained into the mechanisms of selective gas transport across these films.
- Controlled mesoporosity in carbon materials has been demonstrated by templating of carbon adsorbents and thin films, particularly for ultra and nanofiltration applications.
- Molecular level algorithums have also been developed to model the structure of pyrolytic carbons with the ultimate goal of understanding the formation nanoporosity in these materials.