03/12/19 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Special Seminar: Professor Casey Wade
Functionalizing MOFs for Catalysis and Trace CO2 Capture
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a fascinating class of materials with a wide range of potential applications. Much of the interest in MOFs stems from their well-defined, porous structures and molecular building blocks that offer a high degree of structural and functional group tunability. Our group has been interested in the design of MOFs containing reactive transition metal species for applications in heterogeneous catalysis and trace CO2 capture. This seminar will describe our recent work with “pincerMOFs” assembled from linkers based on transition metal diphosphine pincer complexes. These materials offer unique platforms for the study of site isolation effects and show significant differences in catalytic activity and selectivity compared to homogeneous analogues. In addition, our recent work with MOFs containing nucleophilic transition metal hydroxide functional groups will described. These bio-inspired materials adsorb CO2 at atmospheric concentrations and function via a CO2/HCO3– chemisorption mechanism that is aided by cooperative hydrogen bonding interactions.
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221 Smith Hall
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Research in Professor Wade's lab encompasses molecular inorganic/organometallic chemistry and materials science with a focus on the design and study of new catalytically active molecules and materials. Current projects involve the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks constructed from catalytically active transition metal complexes, the design of new redox-active ligand platforms, and study of the reactivity and catalytic activity of dinuclear gold complexes. Synthesis plays a central role in Wade's research program, and a variety of solution and solid-state characterization techniques are used to elucidate the structure and properties of newly synthesized materials. These include X-ray diffraction, gas porosimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, ICP-OES, cyclic voltammetry, and NMR, IR, and UV-Vis spectroscopies.
Professor Wade received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006. He completed his doctorate at Texas A&M University in 2011, where he studied the chemistry of boron and antimony Lewis acids under the supervision of Professor François Gabbaï. Wade then moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to carry out post-doctoral research on the synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks with Professor Mircea Dincă. Wade started his independent career as an assistant professor at Brandeis University in 2013, and will joined the Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in January 2018.