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Welcome to Framework Laboratory
for students willing to pursue a research career in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials & Energy Science

We design and synthesize our own family of Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) materials with exceptional chemical robustness known as MOF IITKGP (IITKGP stands for Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur).

Main Building
Near Main Building
Within Framework Lab
Sitting Area
Group 2022
Group 2018
Near JCG-PCR Science Block
Near Old Building
Near Old Building


      Our current interest focuses on designing these framework materials especially MOFs (along with HOFs, COFs and CPs) for their potential applications in energy media (such as H2, CH4, C2H2 gas storage, proton conducting membranes PEMs for H2 fuel cells), separation (such as CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS), hydrocarbon separation, industrially important gas separation and chiral/achiral molecule separation), catalysis (such as heterogeneous catalysis, asymmetric catalysis and photo-catalysis) and sensing (small molecules like metal ions and solvents) areas. We are also employing the MOFs as electrochemical energy storage systems (supercapacitor, battery). We wish our research will lead to new developments in synthetic and structural design and provide useful direction for the future exploration of this fascinating and important domain of research.  

    The students will have a solid training in all aspects of crystallography. Generally, 1-5 steps organic synthesis of ligands are required followed by characterization with NMR, Mass, IR, EA, UV-Vis etc. MOFs are generally synthesized by hydro(solvothermal) techniques followed by characterization with single crystal (SC-XRD), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and TGA. Other characterizations such as FTIR, EA, EDX, XPS, FESEM are also often performed. Surface area, porosity and gas sorption/gas separation measurements are performed with a volumetric gas sorption analyzer. The proton conductivity measurements are carried out by AC impedance method with an Impedance/Gain-Phase Analyzer (Solartron SI 1260). Electrochemical measurements for supercapacitor and battery applications are performed by electrochemical workstations. 

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  • Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)

  • Coordination Polymers (CPs)

  • Covalent-Organic Frameworks (COFs)

  • Porous Coordination Polymers (PCPs)

  • Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Framework (HOFs)

  • Metalo Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Frameworks (MHOFs)

  • CO2 Capture and Separation (CCS)

  • Gas Storage (C2H2, CH4, CO2 etc.)

  • Gas Separation (flue gas CO2/N2, biogas CO2/CH4 etc.)

  • Carbon Capture

  • Hydrocarbons Separation (C2H2/C2H4, C2H4/C2H6 etc.)

  • Proton Conduction

  • Super-Protonic Conductivity

  • Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM)

  • H2 Fuel Cell, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell PEMFC

  • Small Molecule Sensing (cations, anions, explosives etc.)

  • MOF-based Energy Storage (supercapacitor, battery) 

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Group News...

May 2024

Congratulations Shyam & Debolina for their recent publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

May 2024

Congratulations Apu for his recent publication in Inorg. Chem. 

May 2024

Congratulations Supriya for her recent publication in Inorg. Chem. 

May 2024

Congratulations Debolina for her recent publication in Mater. Today Catal.

April 2024

Congratulations Supriya & Rupam for their recent publication in Coord. Chem. Rev.

April 2024

Congratulations Janaki for her recent publication in Chem. -Eur. J.

January 2024

Congratulations Rupam for his recent publication in Small.

October 2023

Congratulations Bikram for receiving prestigious PMRF fellowship.

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