Our research is focused on exploring structure/function relationships and porous hybrid materials and other host guest systems. We are currently investigating the host-guest properties of metal organic framework materials on the molecular level using optical and X-ray spectroscopy methods. Additionally, new hybrid porous materials imparted with photoactive functionality are being designed and synthesized. We are also interested in elucidating the molecular excited state geometry changes in solar energy relevant transition metal complexes. Specifically, the structural and photophysical properties of metal containing charge transfer complexes and electron donor-acceptor arrays are of interest. These studies employ both steady state and time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy methods (namely resonance Raman and femtosecond vibrational coherence spectroscopy)