The development of novel porous materials benefitsmost from a holistic approach that examines all aspects of the synthetic chemistry. Complementary to organic chemistry, the rich diversity of inorganic chemistry has a lot to offer in the new materials design. Our strategies for developing new porous solids target geometrical, structural, and chemical tuning of porous frameworks, as well as extra-framework species. In practical synthesis, in addition to types of ligands, the chemical and geometrical control requires consideration of a number of synthetic variables such as inorganic nodes of various size and coordination preference, forms of inorganic precursors, solvents/co-solvents, additives, and sometimes structure-directing agents in the case of charged frameworks. As more and more sophisticated synthetic design strategies are being developed, more complex multi-component assembly processes including heterometallic systems have also been realized. All of these variables demonstrate the power of inorganic chemistry in the materials design, leading to a family of high-performance materials with potential applications in areas such as gas sorption, ion exchange and catalysis.
Prof. Xianhui Bu received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from State University of New York at Buffalo (1992), with Philip Coppens. Between 1992 and 2003, he did his research with Prof. Galen Stucky at UC Santa Barbara, while supervising the X-ray diffraction facility. He joined the faculty at California State University Long Beach in 2003. He received a lot of awards including Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2009-2015), US NSF Division of Materials Research CAREER award (2009-2014), Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award, CSULB (2009) and Provost's Award for Impact Accomplishment in Research, CSULB (2008). Bu’s group has made a number of important contributions through development of new synthetic methods and advanced structural concepts. These methods and concepts have inspired many research groups worldwide in the synthetic design of new crystalline porous materials.