Hani El-Kaderi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(804) 828-7505
Oliver Hall 4019

El-Kaderi research group


B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Wayne State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Los Angeles

Research interests

Research efforts in the El-Kaderi group focus on the synthesis of porous organic and inorganic materials and their use in clean energy applications. We are interested in developing new synthetic methodologies to create highly porous materials that can store hydrogen and methane for onboard automotive applications. Other research area of interest to us is the use of multifunctional porous organic polymers in selective gas capture and separation processes or sensing. Carbon dioxide separation from flue gas and methane-rich gases (natural gas, shale gas, landfill gas) is very important for environment protection and for methane fuel upgrading. We are addressing these challenges by targeted synthesis of physicochemically stable porous organic polymers that have CO2 selective sites. In addition, we are interested in using computational tools (DFT) to identify the binding sites of small gas molecules and to understand the impact of the electronic nature of building units on gas binding affinity.

Research projects are designed to provide students with broad experience in materials synthesis, characterization, and testing. Our research requires students to master several skills including material design and modeling, synthesis of porous organic and inorganic architectures, and a variety of characterization techniques including NMR, PXRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, etc.

Select publications

Arab, P.; Parrish, E.; Islamoglu, T.; Hani M. El-Kaderi*, “Synthesis and evaluation of porous azo-linked polymers for carbon dioxide capture and separation.” Mater. Chem. A., 2015.

Ali Kemal Sekizkardes,* Jeffrey Culp, Timur Islamoglu, Anne Marti, David Hopkinson, Hani M El-Kaderi, Hunaid B. Nulwala “Ultra-Micro Porous Organic Polymer for High Performance Carbon Dioxide Capture and Separation,” Commun., 2015, 51, 13393-13396.

Arab, P.; Verlander, A.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Post-Synthetic Modification of a Bis(imino)pyridine-Linked Porous Polymer with Inorganic Fluorinated Ions for Highly Selective CO2 Capture,” Phys. Chem. C. 2015, 15, 8174–8182.

Altarawneh, S.; Islamoglu, T.; Sekizkardes, A. K.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “The Effect of Acid-Catalyzed Formation Rates of Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers on Porosity and Selective CO2 Capture from Gas Mixtures,” Sci. Technol. 2015, 49. , 4715–4723.

Ashourirad, B.; Sekizkardes, A. K.; Altarawneh, S.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Exceptional Gas Adsorption Properties by Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbons Derived from Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers,” Mater. 2015, 27, 1349–1358.

Altarawneh, S.; Nahar, L.; Arachchige, I.*; El-Ballouli, A. a. O.; Hallal, K. M.; Kaafarani, B. R.*; Rabbani, M. G.; Arvapally, R. K.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Highly Porous and Photoluminescent Pyrene-Quinoxalino-Derived Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers,” Mater. Chem. A., 2015, 3, 3006–3010.

Sekizkardes, A. K.; Altarawneh, S.; Kahveci, Z.; Islamoglu, T.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Highly Selective CO2 Capture by Triazine-Based Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers” Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 8328–8334.

Sekizkardes, A. K.; Islamoglu, T.; Kahveci, Z.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Application of pyrene-derived benzimidazole-linked polymers to CO2 separation under pressure and vacuum swing adsorption settings,” Mater. Chem. A., 2014, 2, 12492-12500.

Altarawneh, S.; Behera, S.; Jena. P.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “New insights into carbon dioxide interactions with benzimidazole-linked polymers,” Commun., 2014, 50, 3571-3574. (Invited paper for a thematic issue on CO2 capture, separation, and reuse)

Arab, P.; Rabbani, M. G.; Sekizkardes, A. K.; Islamoglu, T.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Copper(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of Nanoporous Azo-Linked Polymers: Impact of Textural Properties on Gas Storage and Selective Carbon Dioxide Capture,” Chem. 2014, 26, 1385–1392 (featured on the cover of Chemistry of Materials, Issue 3, volume 26)

Islamoglu, T.; Rabbani, M. G.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Impact of post-synthesis modification of nanoporous organic frameworks on small gas uptake and selective CO2 capture,” Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 10259-10266.

Rabbani, M. G.; Sekizkardes, A. K.; Kahveci, Z.; Reich, T. E.; Ding, R.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “A Highly Porous Pyrene-Derived 2D Imine-Linked Covalent Organic Framework for Enhanced Gas Storage Applications,” Eur. J. 2013, 19, 3324–3328.

Kahveci, Z.; Islamoglu, T.; Shar, G. A.; Ding, R.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Targeted Synthesis of A Mesoporous Triptycene-Derived Covalent Organic Framework” 2013, 15, 1524-1527. Invited paper for a thematic issue on Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs)

Jackson, K. T.; Reich, T. E.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Targeted Synthesis of a Porous Borazine-Linked Covalent Organic Framework,” Commun. 2012, 48, 8823–8825.

Rabbani, M. G.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Benzimidazole-Linked Polymers and Their Performance in Small Gas Storage and Selective Uptake,” Mater. 2012, 24, 1511–1517.

Jackson, K. T.; Rabbani, M. G.; Reich, T. E.; El-Kaderi, H. M.* “Synthesis of Highly Porous Borazine-Linked Polymers and Their Application to H2, CO2, and CH4 Storage,” Chem. 2011, 2, 2775-2777.

El-Shall, M. S.*; Abdelsayed, V.; Khder, A. E. S.; Hassan, H. M. A.; El-Kaderi, H. M.*; Reich, T. E. “Metallic and Bimetallic Nanocatalysts Incorporated into Highly Porous Coordination Polymer MIL-101,” Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 7625-7631.

El-Kaderi, H. M.; Hunt, J. R.; Mendoza-Cortés, J. L.; Côté, A. P.; Taylor, R. E.; O’Keeffe, M.; Yaghi, O. M. “Designed Synthesis of 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks,” Science 2007, 316, 268-272.