The current research of our group covers diverse fields from the fundamental inorganic and organometallic chemistry to nanotechnology and materials science. Our research lies at the interface between design and synthesis of molecular precursors, self-assembly processes and macroscopic properties at the materials level. A characteristic approach of our research is the application of the “bottom-up” strategy, also known as molecular precursor approach, where materials are built from molecular units of the desired composition and structure taking advantage of the understanding of structure/bonding/reactivity/properties correlations.
Our current research derives from our long-standing experience in the field of inorganic and organometallic chemistry involving activation of small molecules (e.g. O2, H2O, CO2 and its analogues) on main group metal alkyls complexes. The good cognition of this basic chemistry leads to new compounds, which can be regarded as organozinc precursors of various functional materials, e.g. compounds of high luminescence, non-covalent porous materials (NPMs) and porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for hydrogen storage, ZnO nanoparticles and discrete nanoparticulate aerogels for biomedical applications. Our research is extended to search of new environmentally friendly synthetic paths involving mechanosythesis and one-pot synthesis approach. Our experimental chemistry is always strongly supported by theoretical considerations regarding reactivity of designed chemical species as well as stability and functionality of obtained materials.