Research Area


Photocatalysis utilizing Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) represents a catalytic process in which COFs, a class of porous and crystalline materials composed of interconnected organic moieties via covalent bonds, are employed as catalysts for light-induced chemical reactions. This photochemical phenomenon involves the excitation of electrons in the COFs by photon absorption, generating electron-hole pairs that facilitate redox reactions with reactant species. The application of COFs as photocatalysts holds significant promise in various domains, particularly in energy conversion and environmental remediation processes. Potential applications encompass CO2 reduction, water splitting, photosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide and organic transformations, offering opportunities for sustainable energy production under environmentally benign conditions. 


Energy storage using Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) has emerged as a promising and cutting-edge area of research. COFs represent a distinctive class of porous materials, characterized by covalently bonded organic building blocks that form a crystalline framework. Their exceptional structure and tunable properties render them highly appealing for diverse energy storage applications.  COFs can be used as electrode materials in supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are energy storage devices that can charge and discharge rapidly compared to batteries. The high surface area and porous nature of COFs allow for efficient ion transport and surface adsorption, leading to enhanced capacitance and energy storage capabilities. 

Heterogeneous catalysis

Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are promising heterogeneous catalysts due to their unique porous structure and tunable properties. They can accelerate various reactions, including organic transformations such as the synthesis of valuable chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, and fine chemicals. The porous structure enhances reactant accessibility and promotes efficient reaction pathways. Ongoing research aims to optimize their efficiency and stability for practical catalytic applications. 


Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are promising materials for advancing batteries, offering high surface area, tunable structures, and intrinsic porosity. They can serve as electrode materials in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries, enhancing capacity and energy storage. Additionally, COFs hold potential for use in multivalent ion and solid-state batteries, offering improved efficiency and safety. However, challenges such as stability and scalability must be addressed for practical implementation. As research progresses, COFs may play a vital role in future energy storage solutions, making batteries more efficient and sustainable 


Their intrinsic porosity and tunable properties enable selective transport of molecules based on size and chemical interactions. COF membranes have potential in gas separation, water purification, and solvent filtration due to their high surface area and efficiency. Ongoing research aims to optimize stability and scalability for practical applications, offering sustainable solutions for resource recovery and environmental protection. 


Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) are versatile optical materials with tunable properties. Their extended π-conjugation and porous structures allow for excellent light-absorbing and emitting capabilities. COFs find applications in optoelectronic devices like LEDs, organic lasers, and photodetectors. Their tunability enables specific optical properties for use in solar cells and photocatalysis. As COF research advances, their potential in diverse fields, from energy conversion to information processing, continues to grow, promising exciting opportunities for developing advanced optical technologies.