Pravas Deria | Chemistry and Biochemistry | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Science

Pravas Deria

Assistant Professor

Pravas Deria

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

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Research Interest:

We are interested in self-assembled compositions relevant for catalysis, and solar energy conversion. We aim to address the challenges of global energy crisis in a greener way: design and study of hybrid materials with unique physical and chemical properties that are unattainable in pure compositions is at the core part of our program. We target to improve the stability of bond forming, energy relaying and converting machinery by studying fundamental properties of the materials. While we rely on supramolecular assemblies of small molecular and nanoscale building blocks to generate a variety of hybrid materials, we also focus on the interfacing these materials and relevant nanoscale structures with other semiconducting media and surface.



Ph.D. Inorganic (Supramolecular & Materials) Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (2009)


Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research, Functional metal-organic frameworks materials, Northwestern University (2012-2015)

Postdoctoral Research, SWNT based semiconducting materials, Duke University (2010-2012)

Junior Research Fellow, hybrid polymeric materials, IIT-Kanpur (2001-2002)


Selected Publications:

  1. 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.
  2. Deria, P.; Li, S.; Snurr, R. Q.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. A MOF Platform for Incorporation of Complementary Organic Motifs for CO2 Binding. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 12478-12481.
  3. Hod, I.; Deria, P.; Bury, W.; Mondloch, J. E.; Kung, C.-W.; So, M.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. A Porous, Proton Relaying, Metal-Organic Framework Material that Accelerates Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution. Accepted: Nat. Commun.
  4. McGonigal, P. R.; Deria, P.; Hod, I.; Moghadam, P.; Avestro, A.-J.; Horwitz, N.; Gibbs-Hall, I. C.; Blackburn, A. K.; Chen, D.; Botros, Y. Y.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Snurr, R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K.; Stoddart, J. F. Electrochemically-Addressable Trisradical Rotaxanes Organized within a Metal-Organic Framework. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1514485112.
  5. Deria, P.; Bury, W.; Hod, I.; Kung, C.-W.; Karagiaridi, O.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. MOF Functionalization via Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation: Phosphonates vs. Carboxylates. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 2185-2192.
  6. Hongda Zhang, H.; Deria, P.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T.; Snurr, R. Q. A Thermodynamic Tank Model for Studying the Effect of Higher Hydrocarbons on Natural Gas Storage in Metal-Organic Frameworks. Energy Environ. Sci. 2015, 8, 1501-1510.
  7. Olivier, J.-H.; Park, J.; Deria, P.; Rawson, J.; Bai, Y.; Therien, M. J. Unambiguous Diagnosis of Photoinduced Charged Carrier Signatures in a Stoichiometrically Controlled Semiconducting Polymer-Wrapped Carbon Nanotube Assembly. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 127, 8251-8256.
  8. Deria, P.; Olivier, J.-H.; Park, J.; Therien, M. J. Potentiometric, Electronic, and Transient-Absorptive Spectroscopic Properties of Oxidized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Helically Wrapped by Ionic, Semiconducting Polymers in Aqueous and Organic Media. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 14193-14199.
  9. Deria, P.; Bury, W.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. Diverse Functionalization of NU-1000 via Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 1965-1968. ( equal contribution)
  10. Deria, P.; Mondloch, J. E.; Karagiaridi, O.; Bury, W.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. Beyond Post-Synthesis Modification: Evolution of Metal–Organic Frameworks via Building Block Replacement. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 5896-5912.
  11. Park, J.; Deria, P.; Olivier, J.-H.; Therien, M. J. Fluence-Dependent Singlet Exciton Dynamics in Length-Sorted Chirality-Enriched Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 504-511.
  12. 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.
  13. Olivier, J.-H.; Deria, P.; Park, J.; Kumbhar, A.; Andrian-Albescu, M.; Therien, M. J. Ionic Self-Assembly Provides Dense Arrays of Individualized, Aligned Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13080-13085.
  14. Deria, P.; Von Bargen, C.; 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. Bonhommeau, S.; Deria, P.; Glesner, M. G.; Talaga, D.; Najjar, S.; Belin, C.; Auneau, L.; Trainini, S.; Therien, M. J.; Rodriguez, V. Raman Spectroscopic Investigation of Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Helically Wrapped by Ionic, Semiconducting Polymers. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 14840-14849.
  16. Larsen, B. A.; Deria, P.; Holt, J. M.; Stanton, I. N.; Heben, M. J.; Therien, M. J.; Blackburn, J. L. Effect of Solvent Polarity and Electrophilicity on Quantum Yields and Solvatochromic Shifts of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Photoluminescence. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 12485-12491.
  17. Rosario-Canales, M. R.; Deria, P.; Therien, M. J.; Santiago-Avilés, J. J. Composite Electronic Materials Based on Poly(3,4-propylenedioxythiophene) and Highly Charged Poly(aryleneethynylene)-Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes for Supercapacitors. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2012, 4, 102-109.
  18. Park, J.; Deria, P.; Therien, M. J. Dynamics and Transient Absorption Spectral Signatures of the Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Electronically Excited Triplet State. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011,133, 17156-17159.
  19. Deria, P.; Sinks, L. E.; Park, T.-H.; Tomezsko, D.; Burkman, 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 Polymer. Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 4192-4199.
  20. Kang, Y. K.; Lee, O.-S.; Deria, P.; Kim, S. H.; Park, T.-H.; Bonnell, D. A.; Saven, J. G.; Therien, M. J. Helical Wrapping of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Water Soluble, Poly(p-phenyleneethynylene). Nano Lett. 2009, 9, 1414-1418.
  21. Kang, Y. K.; Deria, P.; Carroll, P. J.; Therien, M. J. Synthesis of Water-Soluble Poly(p-phenyleneethynylene) in Neat Water under Aerobic Conditions via Suzuki-Miyaura Polycondensation Using a Diborylethyne Synthon. Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 1341-1344.
  22. Chandrasekhar, V.; Deria, P.; Krishnan, V.; Athimoolam, A.; Singh, S.; Madhavaiah, C.; Srivatsan, S.; Verma, S. Metalated Hybrid Polymers a Catalytic Reagents for Phosphate Ester Hydrolysis and Plasmid Modification. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2004, 14, 1559-1562.