01/31/17 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Department Seminar: Professor Omar Farha
"Functional and Catalytic Metal–Organic Framework Materials"
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of solid-state materials built up from metal-based nodes and organic linkers. They exhibit permanent porosity and unprecedented surface areas which can be readily tuned through coordination chemistry at the inorganic node and/or organic chemistry at the linkers. The high porosities, tunability, and stability are highly attractive in the context of catalysis. As exemplified by many catalytic enzyme assemblies in nature, site-isolation is a powerful strategy for performing catalytic reactions. MOFs provide an exciting platform for deploying catalysts in a site-isolated fashion and the cavities surrounding them can be engineered to conceptually mimic enzymes. This talk will address new advances in the synthesis and catalytic activity of MOF materials developed at Northwestern University.
Professor Omar Farha
Omar K. Farha is a research professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, distinguished adjunct professor at King Abdulaziz University, president of NuMat Technologies, and associate editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors, including the Royal Society of Chemistry “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award; American Chemical Society “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science; and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in his honor: the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry” and given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. His current research spans diverse areas of chemistry and materials science ranging from energy to defense related challenges. Specifically, his research focuses on the rational design of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous-organic polymers for sensing, catalysis, storage, separations and light harvesting. Professor Farha has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, holds 10 patents, and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Thomson Reuters in 2014, 2015, and 2016.