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  • Wen-Yang Gao, Ph.D.
    01/31/19 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Department Seminar: Wen-Yang Gao, Ph.D.

    Department Seminar

Manipulating Porous Materials for Task-Specific Applications: A Top-Down Approach

Functional porous materials have demonstrated great potential for applications in gas storage, gas separation, and catalysis. Synthetic chemistry affords an effective tool from a molecular level to functionalize targeted porous materials for task-specific applications. In the first part of this talk, I will demonstrate how metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be used for carbon capture and describe strategies to utilize MOFs as a class of highly tunable platforms for chemical transformation of CO2 through custom design of ligands. In the second part, I will showcase how the strategy of metallopolymerization was implemented to build a new class of porous materials incorporating designable primary coordination sphere of metal sites, which are not accessible by classical solvothermal synthesis used in MOF preparation. This strategy enables to translate ligand-modulated chemoselectivity from molecular catalysts to heterogeneous porous catalysts. Overall, the molecular manipulation of porous materials will be highlighted to tailor their functionalities based on a top-down approach. 

Wen-Yang Gao

Wen-Yang Gao, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral scholar working with Professor David Powers in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Sun Yat-sen University in China, and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of South Florida, working with professor Shengqian Ma. His research encompasses developing new catalysts and catalysis strategies to tackle a range of synthetic problems.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Professor Laura Gagliardi
    • Wen-Yang Gao, Ph.D.
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Texas A&M University
    • College Station

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