Kai Landskron

Graduate Admissions Director
(610) 758-5788
Seeley G. Mudd, Room 594
Research Interests: 
materials chemistry
solid state chemistry
gas separations
high-pressure chemistry
nanoporous materials
Teaching Interests: 
General Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Solid State Chemistry

My research program is in the area of materials chemistry with an emphasis on nanoporous materials and materials at high pressure.  Projects encompass both the synthesis of new materials as well as the application of materials in a novel way. Materials synthesis conditions span the spectrum from room temperature-atmospheric pressure to high temperature (>1000 °C) – high pressure (> 10 GPa). The compositional scope of the materials synthesized and applied in my labs ranges from organic to organic-inorganic hybrid to inorganic. The materials are focused on energy-related applications with a broad scope ranging from more energy-efficient gas separations, to more energy-efficient synthesis of high pressure phases, to materials that consume less energy in mechanical (cutting, drilling, polishing etc) and electronic applications (power electronics and optoelectronic materials), to electrodes, to solid electrolytes. I consider my research program diverse and interdisciplinary integrating aspects of organic, inorganic, electro-, and physical materials and solid state chemistry.

Recent Publications:

1) Murialdo, M.; Weadock, N. J.; Liu, Y.; Ahn, C. C.; Baker, S. E.; Landskron, K.; Fultz, B. High-Pressure Hydrogen Adsorption on a Porous Electron-Rich Covalent Organonitridic Framework. ACS Omega 2019, 4, 444-448.

(2) Najiba, S.; Juhl, S. J.; Mandal, M.; Liu, C.; Durygin, A.; Chen, J.; Fei, Y.; Alem, N.; Landskron, K. Synthesis of nanopolycrystalline mesoporous diamond from periodic mesoporous carbon: Mesoporosity increases with increasing synthesis pressure. Scr. Mater. 2019, 162, 350-354.

(3) Bhadram, V. S.; Cheng, Q.; Chan, C. K.; Liu, Y.; Lany, S.; Landskron, K.; Strobel, T. A. ZnxMn1-xO Solid Solutions in the Rocksalt Structure: Optical, Charge Transport, and Photoelectrochemical Properties. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2018, 1, 260-266.

(4) Landskron, K. Capacitance for Carbon Capture. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2018, 57, 3548-3550.

(5) Linn, N. M. K.; Mandal, M.; Li, B.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Insights into the Hydrothermal Metastability of Stishovite and Coesite. Acs Omega 2018, 3, 14225-14228.

(6) Liu, Y.; Li, C.; Liu, C.; Chen, Y.; An, K.; Landskron, K. Probing the electrolyte infiltration behaviour of activated carbon supercapacitor electrodes by in situ neutron scattering using aqueous NaCl as electrolyte. Carbon 2018, 136, 139-142.

(7) Zhu, S.; Ma, K.; Landskron, K. Relationships between the Charge-Discharge Methods and the Performance of a Supercapacitive Swing Adsorption Module for CO2 Separation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 18476-18483.

(8) Kizzire, D. G.; Dey, S.; Mayanovic, R. A.; Sakidja, R.; Landskron, K.; Mandal, M.; Wang, Z.; Benamara, M. Studies of the mechanical and extreme hydrothermal properties of periodic mesoporous silica and aluminosilica materials. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2017, 252, 69-78.

(9) Liu, C.; Landskron, K. Design, construction, and testing of a supercapacitive swing adsorption module for CO2 separation. Chemical Communications 2017, 53, 3661-3664.

(10) Liu, Y.; Landskron, K. Anionic porous organic frameworks as advanced functional adsorbents for CO2 and organic micropollutants in water. Journal of Materials Chemistry a 2017, 5, 23523-23529.

(11) Mandal, M.; Liu, C.; Sanders, T.; Haso, F.; Bhadram, V.; Arslan, I.; Liu, T.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Title: Periodic Mesoporous Hexagonal Boron Nitride at High Pressure: A Route to Cubic Boron Nitride Nanocrystals and Mesoporous Cubic Boron Nitride. Chemistryselect 2017, 2, 740-744.

(12) Sanders, T.; Gelb, A.; Platte, R. B.; Arslan, I.; Landskron, K. Recovering fine details from under-resolved electron tomography data using higher order total variation l(1) regularization. Ultramicroscopy 2017, 174, 97-105.

(13) Dey, S.; Anderson, S. T.; Mayanovic, R. A.; Sakidja, R.; Landskron, K.; Kokoszka, B.; Mandal, M.; Wang, Z. Experimental and theoretical investigation of a mesoporous KxWO3 material having superior mechanical strength. Nanoscale 2016, 8, 2937-2943.

(14) Kizzire, D. G.; Thomas, J.; Dey, S.; Osman, H.; Mavanovic, R. A.; Sakidja, R.; Wang, Z.; Mandal, M.; Landskron, K. Investigations of the Mechanical and Hydrothermal Stabilities of SBA-15 and Al-SBA-15 Mesoporous Materials. Mrs Advances 2016, 1, 2453-2458.

(15) Mandal, M.; Manchanda, A. S.; Liu, C.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. A high-pressure synthesis of hydrothermally stable periodic mesoporous crystalline aluminosilica materials. Rsc Advances 2016, 6, 7396-7402.

(16) Klier, K.; Landskron, K. Thermodynamically Controlled High-Pressure High-Temperature Synthesis of Crystalline Fluorinated sp(3)-Carbon Networks. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119, 26086-26090.

(17) Landskron, K. Macrocyclic Weakly Coordinating Anions. Chemistry-a European Journal 2015, 21, 14258-14267.

(18) Stagno, V.; Mandal, M.; Landskron, K.; Fei, Y. High-pressure synthesis of mesoporous stishovite: potential applications in mineral physics. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2015, 42, 509-515.

(19) Kokoszka, B.; Jarrah, N. K.; Liu, C.; Moore, D. T.; Landskron, K. Supercapacitive Swing Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide. Angew. Chem. , Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 3698-3701.

(20) Mandal, M.; Haso, F.; Liu, T.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Size tunable synthesis of solution processable diamond nanocrystals. Chemical Communications 2014, 50, 11307-11310.

(21) Mayanovic, R. A.; Yan, H.; Brandt, A. D.; Wang, Z.; Mandal, M.; Landskron, K.; Bassett, W. A. Mechanical and hydrothermal stability of mesoporous materials at extreme conditions. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2014, 195, 161-166.

(22) Mandal, M.; Landskron, K. Synthetic Chemistry with Periodic Mesostructures at High Pressure. Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 2536-2544.

(23) Mandal, M.; Stagno, V.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Investigation of High-Pressure and Temperature Behavior of Surfactant-Containing Periodic Mesostructured Silicas. Cryst. Growth Des. 2013, 13, 15-18.

(24) Mohanty, P.; Kokoszka, B.; Liu, C.; Weinberger, M.; Mandal, M.; Stagno, V.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Large-pore periodic mesoporous silicas with crystalline channel walls and exceptional hydrothermal stability synthesized by a general high-pressure nanocasting route. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2012, 152, 214-218.

(25) Li, D.; Zhou, W.; Landskron, K.; Sato, S.; Kiely, C. J.; Fujita, M.; Liu, T. Viral-Capsid-Type Vesicle-Like Structures Assembled from M(12)L(24) Metal-Organic Hybrid Nanocages. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2011, 50, 5182-5187.

(26) Mohanty, P.; Kull, L. D.; Landskron, K. Porous covalent electron-rich organonitridic frameworks as highly selective sorbents for methane and carbon dioxide. Nature Communications 2011, 2, 401.

(27) Mohanty, P.; Lee, J.; Glover, K. J.; Landskron, K. Discoid Bicelles as Efficient Templates for Pillared Lamellar Periodic Mesoporous Silicas at pH 7 and Ultrafast Reaction Times. Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6, 61.

(28) Landskron, K.; Mohanty, P.; Fei, Y. Patent Application Country: Application: US; US; Priority Application Country: US Patent US20100192474, 2010.

(29) Mohanty, P.; Khine Linn, N. M.; Landskron, K. Ultrafast Sonochemical Synthesis of Methane and Ethane Bridged Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas. Langmuir 2010, 26, 1147-1151.

(30) Mohanty, P.; Landskron, K. Simple systematic synthesis of size-tunable covalent organophosphonitridic framework nano- and microspheres. New J. Chem. 2010, 34, 215-220.

(31) Mohanty, P.; Ortalan, V.; Browning, N. D.; Arslan, I.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Direct Formation of Mesoporous Coesite Single Crystals from Periodic Mesoporous Silica at Extreme Pressure. Angew. Chem. , Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4301-4305.

(32) Mohanty, P.; Ortalan, V.; Browning, N. D.; Arslan, I.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Direct Formation of Mesoporous Coesite Single Crystals from Periodic Mesoporous Silica at Extreme Pressure. Angew. Chem. , Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4301-4305.

(33) Tang, Y.; Landskron, K. CO2-Sorption Properties of Organosilicas with Bridging Amine Functionalities Inside the Framework. J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 2494-2498.

(34) Zhang, L.; Mohanty, P.; Coombs, N.; Fei, Y.; Mao, H.; Landskron, K. Catalyst-free synthesis of transparent, mesoporous diamond monoliths from periodic mesoporous carbon CMK-8. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. , Early Ed. 2010, 1-4, 4.

(35) Mohanty, P.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Synthesis of Periodic Mesoporous Coesite. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9638-9639.

(36) Mohanty, P.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. On the high-pressure behavior of periodic mesoscale SBA-16 silica/carbon composites: studies at 10 GPa between 25 and 1800 DegC. High Pressure Res. 2009, 29, 754-763.

(37) Mohanty, P.; Landskron, K. Periodic mesoporous organosilica nanorice. Nanoscale Res.Lett.; Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4, 169-172.

(38) Mohanty, P.; Landskron, K. Synthesis of periodic mesoporous phosphorus-nitrogen frameworks by nanocasting from mesoporous silica using melt-infiltration. J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 2400-2406.

(39) Mohanty, P.; Landskron, K. Simple systematic synthesis of periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles with adjustable aspect ratios. Nanoscale Res. Lett. 2009, 4, 1524-1529.

(40) Mohanty, P.; Li, D.; Liu, T.; Fei, Y.; Landskron, K. Synthesis of Stishovite Nanocrystals from Periodic Mesoporous Silica. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2764-2765.

(41) Li, D.; Zhang, J.; Landskron, K.; Liu, T. Spontaneous self-assembly of metal-organic cationic nanocages to form monodisperse hollow vesicles in dilute solutions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 4226-4227.

(42) Karau, F. W.; Seyfarth, L.; Oeckler, O.; Senker, J.; Landskron, K.; Schnick, W. The stuffed framework structure of SrP2N4: Challenges to synthesis and crystal structure determination. Chemistry-a European Journal 2007, 13, 6841-6852.

(43) Hatton, B. D.; Landskron, K.; Hunks, W. J.; Bennett, M. R.; Shukaris, D.; Perovic, D. D.; Ozin, G. A. Materials chemistry for low-k materials. Mater.Today (Oxford, U.K.) 2006, 9, 22-31.

(44) Hatton, B. D.; Landskron, K.; Whitnall, W.; Perovic, D. D.; Ozin, G. A. Spin-coated periodic mesoporous organosilica thin films-towards a new generation of low-dielectric-constant materials. Adv.Funct.Mater.; Advanced Functional Materials 2005, 15, 823-829.

(45) Hatton, B.; Landskron, K.; Whitnall, W.; Perovic, D.; Ozin, G. A. Past, Present, and Future of Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas-The PMOs. Acc. Chem. Res. 2005, 38, 305-312.

(46) Landskron, K.; Ozin, G. A. Periodic mesoporous organosilicas: self-assembly from bridged cyclic silsesquioxane precursors. Angew.Chem., Int.Ed. 2005, 44, 2107-2109.

(47) Landskron, K.; Ozin, G. A. Periodic mesoporous dendrisilicas. Science (Washington, DC, U.S.) 2004, 306, 1529-1532.

(48) Landskron, K.; Hatton, B. D.; Perovic, D. D.; Ozin, G. A. Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas Containing Interconnected [Si(CH2)]3 Rings. Science (Washington, DC, U.S.) 2003, 302, 266-269.

(49) Landskron, K.; Huppertz, H.; Senker, J.; Schnick, W. Multianvil synthesis, x-ray powder diffraction analysis, 31P-MAS-NMR, and FTIR spectroscopy as well as material properties of gamma -P3N5, a high-pressure polymorph of binary phosphorus(V) nitride, built up from distorted PN5 square pyramids and PN4 tetrahedra. Z.Anorg.Allg.Chem. 2002, 628, 1465-1471.

(50) Landskron, K. Phosphorus(V)-nitride by High-Pressure High-Temperature Synthesis (Dissertation), University of Munich (LMU), 2001.

(51) Landskron, K.; Huppertz, H.; Senker, J.; Schnick, W. High-pressure synthesis of gamma -P3N5 at 11 GPa and 1500 DegC in a multianvil assembly: A binary phosphorus(v) nitride with a three-dimensional network structure from PN4 tetrahedra and tetragonal PN5 pyramids. Angew.Chem., Int.Ed. 2001, 40, 2643-2645.

(52) Landskron, K.; Schmid, S.; Schnick, W. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of NaPN2. Z.Anorg.Allg.Chem. 2001, 627, 2469-2472.

(53) Landskron, K.; Schnick, W. Rb3P6N11 and Cs3P6N11-New Highly Condensed Nitridophosphates by High-Pressure High-Temperature Synthesis. J.Solid State Chem. 2001, 156, 390-393.

(54) Landskron, K.; Irran, E.; Schnick, W. High-temperature high-pressure synthesis of the highly condensed nitridophosphates NaP4N7, KP4N7, RbP4N7, and CsP4N7 and their crystal-structure determinations by X-ray powder diffraction. Chem.--Eur.J. 1999, 5, 2548-2553.