Smart Hybrid Materials (SHMs)
Khashab Research Group
Innovatively Functionalized Nanomaterials for Biomedical, Sensing and Composites Applications

Porous Materials



New generations of organic-inorganic porous hybrid materials are fabricated by combining covalent bonding with non-covalent or supramolecular interactions. Studies on the molecular levels are performed to understand why certain functional groups or bonds can affect the properties of these porous nanostructures. These innovative materials can be used for:
A- Separations
We focus on “energy-intensive” separation processes such as petrochemicals (olefin/paraffin, ethylene/ethane, isomer separation) and natural gas separations (CO2/CH4, H2S/CH4, H2O from hydrocarbons).
B- Reservoir Nano-agents and Nano-reactors
We focus on Upstream Oil and Gas applications to improve secondary oil recovery and decrease production time (fast production). This is done by designing and synthesizing smart porous materials that can be incorporated in fluids (smart fluids) in order to alter wettability and permeability.
C- Cargo Encapsulation and Controlled Release
We focus on cargo delivery by designing biocompatible porous materials, which have high loading capacity with zero premature leakage that controllably opens up to release the encapsulated cargo on-demand.

Selected publications:
1) Fatieiev et al. ChemPlusChem 2017, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201600560;
2) Omar et al. J. Controlled Release 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.11.032;
3) Croissant et al. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 14806–14811;