Research

Carbon nanothreads

Carbon nanothreads, also known as diamond nanothreads, are 1D-crystalline polymers formed from sp3 bonded carbon. They're formed by compressing molecular species (e.g. benzene, pyridine, furan) up to GPa of pressure.

I have recently joined the Strobel group at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory and am working to discover new nanothread materials!

Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory

Phosphine Coordination materials

Phosphine Coordination Materials (PCMs) are a new class of porous coordination polymers that use suitably functionalized phosphine ligands to link between metal nodes. The P(III) phosphine site allows for a wide variety of both pre- and post-synthetic modifications.

My research specifically focused on two areas:

- The discovery of new PCM materials based on tris(p-carboxylato) triphenyl phosphine P(C6H4COOH)3
- The incorporation of catalytically active metal species
via pre-, peri- and post-synthetic modification

From Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 9295-9299. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201802402

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:

“Direct, One-Pot Syntheses of MOFs Decorated with Low-Valent Metal-Phosphine Complexes” Organometallics 2019, 38, 3406-3411. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00319

“A MOF with cooperative phosphines that permits post-synthetic installation of open metal sites” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 9295-9299. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201802402

“A Sensor for Trace H2O in D2O” Chem 2017, 2, 579-589. DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.02.010