Research at the Spanopoulos Group focuses on utilizing molecular and crystal engineering for the design and synthesis of next generation, environmentally stable and friendly hybrid materials. These materials feature multiple functionalities, targeting applications such as photovoltaics, spintronics, sensing, gas storage, gas separation, environmental remediation and photo-catalysis. The hybrid nature of the corresponding compounds is advantageous, combining both the merits of organic (e.g. tunable functionalization and mechanical properties) and inorganic constituents (e.g. semiconduction/magnetism) for the creation of novel structural and functional motifs.