Catalysis Club of Chicago

Member-North American Catalysis Society

April 13, 2020

Due to restrictions with COVID-19, this talk will be given on line at 5 pm on April 13, 2020. Contact the Club’s secretary (Cem Akatay) at to get an online pass.

Professor Omar Farha
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Smart and Programmable Sponges

ABSTRACT : This talk will focus on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) from basic research to implementation and commercialization. MOFs are a class of porous, crystalline materials composed of metal-based nodes and organic ligands that self-assemble into multi-dimensional lattices. In contrast to conventional porous materials such as zeolites and activated carbon, an abundantly diverse set of molecular building blocks allows for the realization of MOFs with a broad range of properties. We have developed an extensive understanding of how the physical architecture and chemical properties of MOFs affect material performance in applications such as catalytic activity for chemical warfare agent detoxification.  

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