Hani El-Kaderi research group entails the design and synthesis of low density and highly porous polymers for use in a wide range of applications including hydrogen storage, catalysis, and sensing. In particular, we are interested in developing new methods to dope porous organic and inorganic polymers with various metals and study their impact on hydrogen storage and various catalytic processes. For example, recent theoretical studies on metal-doped fullerenes showed that such structures exhibit significant hydrogen uptake and therefore represent good candidates as host-materials for hydrogen for future use in clean energy applications. However, synthetic routes to such materials are very challenging and this area remains fairly undeveloped.

El-Kaderi research group will focus on new synthetic strategies to overcome metal-cluster formation and uncontrolled doping levels that can lead to a significantly improved H2 uptake. Our research in this field requires students to master several skills including material design and modeling, synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds, and a variety of characterization techniques including NMR, PXRD, SEM, TEM, etc

​Another research domain of interest is the use of designed polydentate ligands to stabilize metals from the d- and f-blocks for use in catalytic processes such as ethylene polymerization or the activation and functionalization of small molecules like CO2 and N2. Research projects in this area will focus on the design of new pincer- and ansa-type ligands to allow for electronic and steric profile manipulation about metal centers to tune their reactivity. In addition, the inclusion of tethered functional groups in the ligand backbone should provide convenient routes for catalyst immobilization on surfaces for catalyst recovery and reuse.



 Hani M. El-Kaderi

1001 West Main Street

P.O. Box 842006

Richmond, Virginia 23284

​+1 (804) 828-7505

March 2018

Rapid transformation of heterocyclic building blocks into nanoporous carbons for high-performance supercapacitors

Feburary 2018

Incorporation of benzimidazole linked polymers into Matrimid to yield mixed matrix membranes with enhanced CO2/N2 selectivity

September 2017

Add News SPalladium Nanoparticles Supported on Ce-Metal–Organic Framework for Efficient CO Oxidation and Low-Temperature CO2 Capture

September 2017

Effective Approach for Increasing the Heteroatom Doping Levels of Porous Carbons for Superior CO2 Capture and Separation Performance

November 2016

Benzothiazole- and benzoxazole-linked porous polymers for carbon dioxide storage and separation

September 2016

A cost-effective synthesis of heteroatom-doped porous carbons as efficient CO2 sorbents

July 2016

Enhanced Carbon Dioxide Capture from Landfill Gas Using Bifunctionalized Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers


From Azo-Linked Polymers to Microporous Heteroatom-Doped Carbons: Tailored Chemical and Textural Properties for Gas Separation


Systematic Postsynthetic Modification of Nanoporous Organic Frameworks for Enhanced CO2 Capture from Flue Gas and Landfill Gas

J. Phys. Chem. C

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b12247


Graphitic Biocarbon from Metal-Catalyzed Hydrothermal Carbonization of Lignin

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2015, 54 (43), pp 10731–10739

DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02614


Synthesis and evaluation of porous azo-linked polymers for carbon dioxide capture and separation

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 20586-20594
DOI: 10.1039/C5TA04308E


An ultra-microporous organic polymer for high performance carbon dioxide capture and separation


DOI: 10.1039/c5cc04656d

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Dr. Hani El-Kaderi Awarded Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund


Highly porous organic polymer shows promise as CO2 trape


VCU scientists have synthesized highly porous organic polymers to selectively capture carbon dioxide from flue gas and natural gas to one day impact energy and environmental issues

​(VCU news)


Our recent paper on Chemistry of the Materials recognized as front cover...


​More Economical Way to Produce Cleaner, Hotter Natural Gas

​(VCU news)


243rd ACS National Meeting, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, San Diego, March 24-29, 2012​

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Congratulations to Ahmed Abdelkader​ for successfully defending his Ph.D. Proposal.

Spring 2018

Congratulations to Shamara Weeraratne for successfully defending his Ph.D. Proposal.

Fall 2017

Congratulations to Nazgol Norouzi for successfully defending his Ph.D. Proposal.

Fall 2017

Congratulations to Tsemre Tessema for successfully defending his PhD. thesis.

Summer 2017

Congratulations to Timur Islamoglu for successfully defending his PhD. thesis.

Spring 2017

Congratulations to Fatema Choudhury for successfully defending his Ph.D. Proposal.

Fall 2016


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