Pravas Deria | Chemistry and Biochemistry | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Pravas Deria

Assistant Professor


Phone: 618-453-6459
Fax: 618-453-6408

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Research Interest:

We are interested in the physical properties of self-assembled porous compositions relevant to light-driven chemistry and energy conversion. Our research aims to unveil the unique physicochemical behavior of molecular assemblies that are unattainable in the solution dissolved phase. The knowledge is used as a feed to design new compositions with improved photophysical and photochemical properties. Thus, our work expands organic synthesis, assembly chemistry, and characterization, along with numerous photophysical, electrochemical, and photoelectrochemical investigations. These include state-of-the-art time-resolved spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The results may address the global sustainable energy demand.


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, PA

M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Tech, Kanpur India

Research Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar, Functional metal-organic frameworks, Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Scholar, SWNT -conjugated polymer semiconducting assemblies, Duke University

Junior Research Fellow, heterogeneous polymeric catalysis, IIT-Kanpur

Honors and Award

University-Level Early Faculty Excellence Award, SIUC, 2020

NSF CAREER Award, 2020

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award- ORAU, 2016

Selected Publications:

  1. Li, X.; Surendran Rajasree, S.; Yu, J.; Deria, P.* The Role of Photoinduced Charge Transfer for Photocatalysis, Photoelectrocatalysis and Luminescent Sensing in Metal-Organic Frameworks. Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 12892-12917.
  2. Yu, J.; Anderson, R.; Li, X.; Xu, W.; Goswami, S.; Surendran Rajasree, S.; Maindan, K.; Gómez-Gualdrón, D. A.; Deria, P.* Improving Energy Transfer within Metal-Organic Frameworks by Aligning Linker Transition Dipole along Framework Axis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 11192-11202.
  3. Li, X.; Yu, J.; Gosztola, D. J.; Fry, H. C.; Deria, P.* Wavelength-Dependent Energy and Charge Transfer in MOF: A Step towards Artificial Porous Light-Harvesting System. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 16849-16857.
  4. Maindan, K.; Li, X.; Yu, J.; Deria, P.* Controlling Charge-Transport in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Contribution of Topological and Spin-State Variation on the Fe-Porphyrin Centered Redox Hopping Rate. J. Phys. Chem. B 2019, 123, 8814-8822.
  5. Yu, J.; Li, X.; Deria, P.* Light-Harvesting in Porous Crystalline Compositions: Where We Stand towards Robust Metal-Organic Frameworks. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 1841-1854.
  6. Yu, J.; Park, J.; Van Wyk, A.; Rumbles, G.; Deria, P.* Excited State Electronic Properties in Zr-based MOFs as a Function of Topological Network. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 10488-10496.
  7. Van Wyk, A.; Tanner, S.; Park, J.; Deria, P.* Charge Transfer within Zr-based Metal-Organic Framework: The Role of Polar Node. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2756-2760.
  8. Deria, P.;* Yu, J.; Smith, T.; Balaraman, R. P. Ground-State versus Excited-State Interchromophoric Interaction: Topology Dependent Excimer Contribution in Metal-Organic Framework Photophysics. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5973-5983.
  9. Deria, P.;* Yu, J.; Balaraman, R. P.; Mashni, J.; White, S. N. Topology-Dependent Emissive Properties of Zirconium-Based Porphyrin MOFs. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 13031-13034.
  10. Deria, P.;* Gómez-Gualdrón, D. A.; Hod, I.; Snurr, R. Q.;* Hupp, J. T.;* Farha, O. K.* Framework-Topology-Dependent Catalytic Activity of Zirconium-Based (Porphinato)zinc(II) MOFs. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14449-14457.
  11. Deria, P.; Gómez-Gualdrón, A.; Bury, W.; Schaef, H. T.; Wang, T. C.; Thallapally, P. K.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Snurr R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. Ultraporous, Water Stable, and Breathing Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks with ftw Topology. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 13183-13190.
  12. Deria, P.; Gregory, Y.; Snurr, R. Q.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. Water Stabilization of Zr6-Based MOFs via Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 5172-5176.
  13. Deria, P.; Mondloch, J. E.; Tylianakis, E.; Ghosh, P.; Bury, W.; Snurr, R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. Perfluoroalkane Functionalization of NU-1000 via Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation: Synthesis and CO2 Adsorption Studies. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16801-16804.
  14. Deria, P.; Von Bargen, C. D.; Olivier, J.-H.; Kumbhar, A.; Saven, J. G; Therien, M. J.* Single-Handed Helical Wrapping of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Chiral, Ionic, Semiconducting Polymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16220-16234.
  15. Deria, P.; Sinks, L. E.; Park, T.-H.; Tomezsko, D. M.; Brukman, M. J.; Bonnel, D. A.; Therien, M. J.* Phase Transfer Catalysts Drive Diverse Organic Solvent Solubility of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Helically Wrapped by Ionic, Semiconducting Polymers. Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 4192-4199.