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Chemistry Faculty Member Shares Research and Expertise in Porous Materials at International Conferences

September 6, 2021

Dr. Dinesh Shetty, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been actively sharing his work and research in different international events and conferences over the past few months.


Dr. Shetty was invited as one of the speakers in the 1st International Conference on Emerging Porous Materials. Organized by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in association with Vellore Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology Jammu, the event gathered renowned researchers from all over the world who are working in the field of inorganic/organic and hybrid porous materials and their potential applications. Other prominent speakers invited to this event were Prof. Xinliang Feng, Director of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and advisory board member of flagship science journals such as Advanced Materials and Chemical Science; Prof. Rahul Banerjee, Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER-K) and Associate Editor of the Journal of American Chemical Society; and Prof. Satoshi Horike of Kyoto University, Japan. The conference took place from 29-30 July 2021 virtually.


In his talk titled “’Porous Covalent Organic Frameworks: Design and Applications,” Dr. Shetty focused on the rational design, synthesis and application of novel covalent organic framework (COFs), which is a class of porous organic polymers. He discussed the benefits of tunable structures and novel topologies in COFs for environmental applications. Dr. Shetty believes that research in this area is critical as COFs could be used for environmental remedies.


Dr. Shetty commented: “The exchange of research knowledge among peer established and emerging scientists in porous material would benefit future collaborations and keep the up-to-date state-of-the-art in the field. The research diversity among the speakers would help my research team to find a new horizon in the exciting area of porous material research.”


“In addition, such invited talks with world-renowned scientists not only showcases my lab’s research work but also help other scientists take a look into the ongoing research at KU. It is important to have an institutional presence in an international arena to build the network and gain confidence in our research at KU,” he added.


The conference was the first iteration of the event but will continue to expand to showcase significant scientific contributions in the field of emerging porous materials for sustainable applications.


Earlier this year, Dr. Shetty’s research abstract was also selected to be presented at the Polymers and Environment session of the 48th World Polymer Congress (IUPAC-MACRO2020+). Dr. Shetty delivered his talk on “’Macrocycle-based Covalent Organic Frameworks for Environmental Applications,” a paper he co-wrote that discusses how covalent polymeric structures are able to synthesize and capture micropollutants.


The World Polymer Congress is a scientific meeting held every two years that covers the many aspects of polymer research.


Ara Maj Cruz
Creative Writer
6 September 2021