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. 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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 10488-10496.
  2. Yu, J.; Van Wyk, A.; Tanner, S.; Deria, P.* Charge Transfer within Metal-Organic Frameworks: The Role of Polar Node in the Electrocatalysis and Charge Storage. ECS Trans. 2018, 85, 559-564.
  3. Van Wyk, A.; Smith, T. Park, J.; Deria, P.* Charge-Transfer within Zr-Based Metal-Organic Framework: The Role of Polar Node. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2756-2760.
  4. 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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5973-5983.
  5. 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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14449-14457.
  6. Deria, P.;* Yu, J.; Balaraman, R. P.; Mashni, J.; White, S. N. Topology-Dependent Emissive Properties of Zirconium-Based Porphyrin MOFs. Commun. 2016, 52, 13031-13034.
  7. Deria, P.; Gómez-Gualdrón, D. A.; Bury, W.; Schaef, H. T.; Wang, T. C.; Thallapally, P. K.; Snurr R. Q.;* Hupp, J. T.;* Farha, O. K.* Ultraporous, Water Stable, and Breathing Zirconium-based Metal-Organic Frameworks with ftw J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 13183-13190.
  8. Hod, I.; Deria, P.; Bury, W.; Mondloch, J. E.; Kung, C.-W.; So, M.; Sampson, M. D.; Peters, A. W.; Kubiak, C. P.; Farha, O. K.;* Hupp, J. T.* A Porous, Proton-Relaying, Metal-Organic Framework Material that Accelerates Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution. Commun. 2015, 6, 8304 (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9304).
  9. Deria, P.; Chung, Y. G.; Snurr, R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.;* Farha, O. K.* Water Stabilization of Zr6-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks via Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation. Sci. 2015, 6, 5172-5176.
  10. 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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 14193-14199.
  11. Deria, P. Bury, W.; Hupp, J. T.;* Farha, O. K.* Versatile Functionalization of the NU-1000 Platform by Solvent-Assisted Ligand Incorporation. Commun. 2014, 50, 1965-1968.
  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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16801-16804.
  13. 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. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16220-16234.
  14. Park, J.; Deria, P.; Therien, M. J.* Dynamics and Transient Absorption Spectral Signatures of the Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Electronically Excited Triplet State. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011,133, 17156-17159.
  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.