Reisner Research Group


Research in the Reisner group involves the synthesis of hybrid inorganic-organic frameworks that have properties similar to nanoporous zeolites that are used extensively in industry for the separation of gases, water purification, and hydrocarbon cracking. Our current focus is on framework materials derived from tetrakis(azolyl)borate and hydrotris(azolyl)borate ligands. We are particularly interested in determining how synthetic conditions affect the topology of the hybrid framework that is crystallized from a given reaction mixture. This knowledge can be used to help develop more rational synthesis of hybrid framework materials. These materials have the potential adsorb and separate CO2 from gaseous waste streams.

Students conducting research in the Reisner group have the opportunity to synthesize and characterize new framework materials. Students learn a variety of synthesis techniques including the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds and solvothermal synthesis. Common characterization techniques include powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermal analysis (TGA and EGA-IR), NMR (1H and 13C), microscopy (SEM), and IR spectroscopies. We collaborate with other institutions to do single crystal X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and gas sorption studies.


Latest News

  1. Welcome to the newest members of the Reisner Group - Caroline Campbell JMU 2013 (Chemistry) and Ericka Smith JMU 2012 (Engineering).

  1. Congratulations to Jonathan Boltersdorf JMU 2011 who has had his poster accepted to both NCUR and the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

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