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Hani El-Kaderi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(804) 828-7505
Oliver Hall 4019


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


2020 Distinguished Research Award, The Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society
2014 Excellence in Scholarship Award in Math and Science
2007 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Award for best paper published in Science

Research interests

Research efforts in my group are centered on the synthesis of porous materials, including porous organic polymers (POPs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and porous carbon for clean energy applications such as selective carbon dioxide capture, electrochemical energy storage (rechargeable batteries, capacitors) and heterogeneous catalysis (oxygen reduction reaction, alkene hydrogenation, C-C cross-coupling reactions). Through materials design, we aim to control the physical and chemical properties of porous materials to advance new technologies that address environmental protection and sustainable energy. Students develop skills in inorganic and organic synthesis and the use advanced characterization methods like SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, BET, etc. to characterize and test new materials developed during research. 

Select publications

Kuo, C.T.; Lu, Y.; Arab, A.; Weeraratne, K. S.; El-Kaderi, H. M.; Karim, A. M. “18.1% Single Palladium Atom Catalysts on Mesoporous Covalent Organic Framework for Gas Phase Hydrogenation of Ethylene,” Cell Reports Physical Science 2021 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2021.100495).

Shehab, M.; Weeraratne, K.; Huang, T.; Lao, K. U.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Exceptional Sodium-Ion Storage by Aza-Covalent Organic Framework for High Energy and Power Density Sodium-Ion Batteries” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021, 13, 15083–15091.

Norouzi, N.; Das, M. K.; Richard, A. J.; Ibrahim, A. A.; El-Kaderi, H. M.; El-Shall, M. S., “Heterogeneous Catalysis by Ultra-small Bimetallic Nanoparticles Surpassing Homogeneous Catalysis for Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions,” Nanoscale 2020, 12, 19191-19202.

Abdelkader, A. A.; Norouzi, N.; Rodene, D. D.; Alzharani, A.; Gupta, R. B.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Electrocatalytic Cathodes Based on Cobalt Nanoparticles Supported on Nitrogen–Doped Porous Carbon by Strong Electrostatic Adsorption for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries,” Energy and Fuels 2020, 34, 13038–13047.

Abdelkader, A. A.; Rodene, D. D.; Norouzi, N.; Alzharani, A.; Weeraratne, K. S.; Gupta, R. B.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Multifunctional Electrocatalytic Cathodes Derived from Metal Organic Frameworks for Advanced Lithium-Sulfur Batteries,” Chem. – A Eur. J. 2020, 26, 13896-13903.

Norouzi, N.; Choudhury, F. A., El-Kaderi, H. M., “Iron Phosphide Doped, Porous Carbon as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction,” ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2020, 3, 2537-2546.

Weeraratne, K. S.; Alzharani, A. A.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Redox-Active Porous Organic Polymers as Novel Electrode Materials for Green Rechargeable Sodium-Ion Batteries.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11, 23520-23526.

Ashourirad, B.; Demir, M.; Smith, R. A.; Gupta, R. B.; and El-Kaderi, H. M., “Rapid transformation of heterocyclic building blocks into nanoporous carbons for high-performance supercapacitor,” RSC Advances 2018, 8, 12300-12309.

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,” Mater. Chem. 2014, 26, 1385–1392 (featured on the cover of Chemistry of Materials, Issue 3, volume 26)

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,” Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 3324–3328.

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.

Book Chapters

Arab, P.; El-Kadri, O. M.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Designing Functional Porous Organic Frameworks for Gas Storage and Separation” in Functional Supramolecular Materials: From Surfaces to MOFs, Royal Chemical Society, 2017, 388-411.

Arab, P. Islamoglu, T., El-Kadri, O. M.; El-Kaderi, H. M. “Nanoporous Organic Polymers for CO2 Capture and Separation,” In: Porous Polymer Networks, Mittal, V., 2019, Central West Publishing, Australia, ISBN: 978-1-925823-24-0.


El-Kaderi, H. M.; Ashourirad, B., “Heteroatom-doped porous carbons for clean energy applications and methods for their synthesis,” US Patent 10,730,752. 2020

Yaghi, O. M.; Côté, A. P.; El-Kaderi, H. M.; Hunt, J. R. “Crystalline 3D- and 2D-covalent Organic Frameworks,” (WO 2008091976 20080731).

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