Founded in 2014 by Professor Adam Duong, DuongLab is interested in the design of materials for sustainable development by tackling two central issues: energy conversion and storage.

Currently, the team is working on advanced materials for the enhancement of energy technologies. Particularly, DuongLab is involved in the design of innovative materials for lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, solar panels, production of hydrogen (H2) and reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) via catalysis or storage and gas separation using porous materials (Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Frameworks (HOFs), etc.)

DuongLab offers innovative synthetic methods based on organic / inorganic, coordination, supramolecular and reticular chemistry to incorporate functional groups and organize matter for energy and new technologies development.

DuongLab also places at the heart of its concerns the training. The team is perpetually seeking to train the next generations of researchers, but also to be part of the scientific community which, through exchanges between its members, allows the growth of knowledge. DuongLab is involved in education, expert groups and collaborations with other universities around the world.

Research is a vast, challenging and multidisciplinary. Currently, the field of energy is growing during the past several years. Environmental or economic problems are a source of concern; some energy processes must be completely redesigned in terms of optimization, profitability or simply innovated. Resources are becoming rares and it is important to manage to better exploit them or find new resources in accordance with sustainable development.



Amir Narimani

Position: PhD
  • B. Sc. (Textile Chemistry Engineering & Fiber  Sciences), Islamic Azad Ray University Branch, Tehran, Iran (2001-2005)
  • M. Sc. (Polymer  Engineering), Islamic Azad South University Branch, Tehran, Iran  (2005-2008)  
Experience:  Amir is a  chemical engineer  and has experience  in oil industry  for 12 years.   Projects  and Interests:  Currently, Amir  is  working  on preparation of nanocomposites based on polyacrylamide/graphene oxide,  improving the theological investigation, thermal, mechanical properties, implementation in enhanced oil recovery.

Erman E. N. Madila

Position: PhD
  • Integrated Master’s (Physics and Chemistry), Marien  Ngouabi University Brazzaville (2007-2012)
  • M. Phil.  in  Materials Science,  Marien  Ngouabi University, Brazzaville – TU Darmstadt  (2017-2018)
Projects & Research Interests: Erman is involved in the synthesis and characterization of solid phosphate as cathode  materials in  Sodium ion batteries.

Heriniaina Randriamiharisoa

Position: PhD
  • Bachelor’s (Fundamental  Chemistry) at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar (2011-2014)
  • M. Sc. (Physical Chemistry) at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar (2014-2017)     
Experience: Science teacher at Peter-pan, Madagascar (2017-2019) Projects & Research Interests: Heriniaina is focused on development of metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) and metal-organic frameworks  (MOFs) utilizing di- and  tritopic  ligands for gas storage and selective separation of CO-rich gas. 

Khaoula Chair

Position: PhD
  • Bachelor’s (Physical Science), Faculty of Science of Bizerte, University  of Carthage , Tunisia (2006-2010)
  • M. Sc. (Physical Chemistry), Faculty of Science of Bizerte, The University of Carthage, Tunisia (2010-2013)
  • Ph. D. (Environment Chemistry), ”Faculty of Science of  Gabes” University of  Gabes  (2014-2018)
  • Intern at Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering and Environment,  University of Castilla La Mancha in Spain
  • Temporary Assistant Prof. at the Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts and the Faculty of Science of  Gabes. 
Projects & Research Interests: Khaoula is working on the  synthesis of molecular catalysis for artificial photosynthesis. 

Love Karan Rana

Position: PhD
  • B. Sc. (Medical), Lyallpur Khalsa College,  Jalandhar, India (2005-2008)
  • M. Sc.  (Chemistry), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2008-2010)
  • Ph. D. (Inorganic Chemistry) from Guru Nanak Dev University , Amritsar, India (2011 -2017)    
Experience: Assistant Prof. in Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, India (2017-2018) Projects & Research Interests: Current research of Love Karan is focused on the synthesis of transition metal based mixed-ligand MOFs for selective detection of biotoxins and toxic metal ions.

Mohamed Essalhi

Position: PhD
  • DUT (Chemical Process Engineering), Higher School of Technology of Casablanca, Morocco (2011-2013)
  • B. Sc. (Industrial chemistry  & Process Engineering), Higher Normal School of Rabat, Morocco (2014)
  • M. Sc.  (Chemical Process Engineering) at  Hassan (II) University of Casablanca, Morroco (2015-2016)
Experience:  Laboratory analyst in the  physico-chemistry  section in a unit of pharmaceutical laboratory of North Africa in Morroco (2014-2018) Projects & Research interests: Mohamed works on synthesis and characterization of 1D, 2D and 3D supramolecular structures and porous materials for gas storage, carbon capture, and sensing applications. 

Najmeddine Ferhi

Position: PhD
Bachelor’s  (Engineering), Faculty of Mathematics, Physical  and Natural Sciences of Tunis,  University  of Tunis El Manar, (2010 -2016)   Experience : Quality control Engineer at IPS pharmaceutical laboratory (2017-2019)  Projects & Research Interests: Najmeddine has interests in  synthesis of new materials for applications in electrochemical batteries and supercapacitor using ionic liquids. 

Nour Dissem

Position: PhD
  • Bachelor’s, University of Tunis  Manar (2009-2012)
  • M. Sc. (Inorganic Chemistry), University of Tunis Manar (2012-2014)
  • Ph. D. (Crystallochemistry), University of Tunis Manar (2014-2018)
Projects & Research Interests:  Nour has experience in synthesizing polyoxometalates- based supramolecular hybrid materials and POM-based porous frameworks for gas sorption properties. Currently, she is preparing MOFs using mixed-ligand synthetic approaches for gas adsorption and separation. 

Prabhjyot Kaur

Position: PDF
  • B. Sc. (Medical), Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, India (2005-2008)
  • M. Sc. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2008-2010)
  • Ph. D. (Inorganic Chemistry), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2010-2017)
Experience: Assistant Prof. in Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, India (2017-2018) Projects & Research Interests:  Prabhjyot is working on the effect of precursors and polymer coatings on the structural, magnetic and electrical properties of strontium hexa-ferrite materials. In parallel, she is working on the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide based mixed ligand metal organic frameworks, and their applications in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER).

Sanil Rajak

Position: PhD
  • B. Sc. (Chemistry),  Mithibai  College, Mumbai University, India (2008-2011)
  • M. Sc. (Chemistry), Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai, India (2011-2013)
Projects & Research Interests:  Sanil works on  design and development  of molecular catalysts for artificial photosynthesis.



Midhun Mohan

Position: PhD
  • B. Sc. (Chemistry), St. Albert’s College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India (2007-2010)
  • M. Sc. (Tech) in Polymer Science, National Institute ofTechnology, Calicut, India (2011-13)
Projects &  Research  Interests : Midhun works on synthesis, characterization and physico-chemical properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

Navadeep Shrivastava

Position: PDF
  • B. Sc. (Mathematics, Physics), University of Allahabad, Prayagraj, India (2007-2010)
  • M. Sc. in Physics (Solid State Electronics), University of Allahabad, Prayagraj India (2011-2013)
  • Ph. D. (Condensed Matter Physics), Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, Brazil (2015-2017)
  • Post-Doctoral scientist, at Instituto da Física, Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil (2018-2019)
  • Post-Doctoral scientist, at Department of Physics, Federal University of Maranhão, São Luís, Brazil (2018)
  • Assistant Prof. at Department of Applied Science, Naraina Vidyapeeth Engineering & Management Institute, Kanpur, India (2014-2015)
  • Hon. Lecturer, Department of Physics, Allahabad Degree College, Allahabad, India (2013-2014)
Projects & Research Interests: Navadeep‘s major research focus is on the design of colloidal hybrids for nanomedicine, multimodal imaging, and nanothermometer and other biomedical/interdisciplinary applications. His expertise lies in the syntheses and characterizations of  nanomaterials, rare-earth and optical spectroscopy.