(Lecture, SEP 27) Metal-Organic Frameworks as Tunable Platforms for Gas Storage, Chemical Separations, and Catalysis
time: 2018-09-27

Title: Metal-Organic Frameworks as Tunable Platforms for Gas Storage, Chemical Separations, and Catalysis
Speaker: Prof. Randall Q. Snurr (Northwestern University)
Time: 9:30a.m., Sep. 27th, 2018
Venue:  Room 105, Shaw Engineering Building, Wushan Campus

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of nanoporous materials synthesized in a “building-block” approach from inorganic nodes and organic linkers.By selecting appropriate building blocks, the structural and chemical properties of the resulting materials can be finely tuned, and this makes MOFs promising materials for applications such as gas storage, chemical separations, sensing, drug delivery, and catalysis.This talk will focus on efforts to design or screen MOFs for separating mixtures of small molecules, for gas storage, and for catalysis.Because of the predictability of MOF synthetic routes and the nearly infinite number of possible structures, molecular modeling is an attractive tool for screening new MOFs before they are synthesized.Modeling can also provide insight into the molecular-level details that lead to observed macroscopic properties.This talk will illustrate how a combined modeling and experimental approach can be used to discover, develop, and ultimately design new MOFs for desired separation, storage, and catalysis applications.
Randall Q.Snurris the John G. Searle Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. He holds BSE and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. He performed post-doctoral research at the University of Leipzig in Germany supported by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Other honors include a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Ernest W. Thiele Award from the Chicago Section of AIChE. He has been named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. He served as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry and is currently on the advisory boards of the journals Adsorption, Adsorption Science & Technology,Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, and Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. His research interests include development of new nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications, molecular simulation, adsorption separations, diffusion in nanoporous materials, and catalysis.