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    2016 Basolo Medal Lecture: "Discovery and Development of Functional Porous Coordination Polymers / Metal-Organic Frameworks" by Prof. Susumu Kitagawa (Kyoto U.)

    October 07, 2016
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Northwestern University - Chemistry Bldg
    2145 Sheridan Rd
    Evanston, IL 60208


    The Basolo Lecture this year honors Prof. Susuma Kitagawa of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (WPI-iCeMS), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. The Basolo Medal is given each year to an inorganic chemist in honor and appreciation of Fred Basolo's contributions to the field. Reflecting Basolo's extraordinary tenure as both Professor at Northwestern and President of the American Chemical Society, this annual event is held joinly between Northwestern and the Chicago Section of the ACS.


    Permanent porosity for coordination networks in solids was discovered and demonstrated with gas sorption experiments (1997), whose materials are now known as porous coordination polymers (PCPs) or metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). For convenience, we call these materials PCPs. They are an emerging class of microporous solids combining the modularity of inorganic structural building units (nodes) with organic ligands (linkers) that can be tailored through organic synthesis. This particular combination of designability and the structural porosity of PCPs has led to explosive growth in their application to gas storage/separation, catalysis, ion conductivity, chemical sensing, and drug delivery systems. To date, PCPs/MOFs are classified as a new category of porous materials, as opposed to the conventional classifications of inorganic and carbon materials. Researchers in the world synthesized a wide variety of PCPs and developed the comprehensive structural chemistry. We have pioneered the functional chemistry of PCPs, and in particular discovered flexible MOFs which are coined soft porous crystals. Soft porous crystals provide unique properties due to flexible porous frameworks, dissimilar to those of conventional porous materials because of responsive functions to chemical and/or physical stimuli. Today over 2,000 articles on PCPs/MOFs have been published annually worldwide. The research developments are anticipated to lead to rapidly advancing, prosperous, and widespread innovations in materials science.

    PCPs have been extensively researched in both academia and industry. Industrial syntheses are rapidly advancing (currently they are at the barrel-size pilot scale). Unlike many other novel materials (e.g., mesoporous silicas, carbon polymorphs, fullerenes, buckyballs, and carbon nanotubes), the preparation and fabrication of PCPs materials do not necessarily require additional capital investments for totally new synthesis technologies. Researchers in both academia and industry are producing PCPs materials for use in purification, storage, transportation, and conversion, vital to addressing energy and environmental issues and contributing to human welfare.


    • LOCATION 1: Technological Institute room LR3, Northwestern University; 2145 Sheridan Rd.; Evanston, IL 60208
      • 4:30 - 4:45  Refreshments
      • 4:45 - 5:45  Introduction by Northwestern faculty, then Basolo Lecture by Prof. Kitagawa
    • 5:45 - 6:00  Transit from Tech. Inst. to Hilton Orrington, Evanston
    • LOCATION 2: Hilton Orrington; 1710 Orrington Ave.; Evanston, IL 60201
      • 6:00 - 7:00  Reception (Hlton Orrington, Evanston)
      • 7:00 - 8:00  Dinner 
      • 8:00 - 8:10  Presentation of the Basolo Medal


      • House Salad: Baby Field Greens in a Radicchio Lettuce Cup with Cucumber Tomatoes, Herb Foaccia Crostini and Balsamic Vinaigrette
      • Choise of Entree:
        • Porcini Crusted Chicken Served with wild mushroom demi with Cream And Shitake Whipped Potatoes
        • Chilean Sea Bass with Basil Vinaigrette and Truffle Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
        • Smoked Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Angilotti with Pesto Cream and Sautéed Ratatouille (vegetarian)
        • Pan Seared Beef Filet with Medeira Demi-Glace and Parmesan Risotto
      • Dessert: Eli’s Cheese Cake with Chocolate and Strawberry Sauce


    Dinner reservations are required and should be received by:

    Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, September 28

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed. Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions


    From the North
    From the South From the West, Southwest

    Take I-94 South,
    Exit #34A onto U.S. 41/Skokie Blvd.,
    Take the first Left turn onto Lake Ave.,
    Proceed East 3.2 mi,
    Turn Right at Sheridan Rd.,
    Follow Sheridan Rd. as it turns left,
    Continue on Sheridan for 0.9 miles,
    The Technological Institute is 2145 Sheridan Ave.,
    Follow signs to the parking structure

    Get to Lake Shore Dr. (U.S. 41)
    Proceed North on Lake Shore Dr.
    Lake Shore Dr. curves left, then ends at Sheridan Rd.
    Turn Right at Sheridan Rd.,
    Proceed North on Sheridan for 5.9 miles,
    The Technological Institute is 2145 Sheridan Ave.,
    Follow signs to the parking structure

    Schaumburg area: Take Golf Rd. (IL-58) East,
    At the Evanston/Skokie border (McCormick Blvd cross-street), Golf Rd. becomes Emerson St.,
    Napervile area: Take I-88 East to I-294 North.,
    Exit US-14 East/Dempster East,
    Proceed East on Dempster for 8.0 miles,
    Turn Left at McCormick Blvd,
    Proceed 0.8 miles North on McCormick,
    Turn Right on Emerson Ave.

    Continue East on Emerson 1.1 mi,
    At the Elgin St. signal, veer right,
    Continue East on Elgin 0.4 miles (Elgin becomes Clark),
    Turn Left at Chicago Ave.,
    Continue North a couple blocks
    At the intersection with Sheridan, veer left, continuing North a few blocks,
    The Technological Institute is 2145 Sheridan Ave.,
    Follow signs to the parking structure


    First-choice free parking is available at the Noyes St. parking lot across Sheridan Rd. from the Technological Institute. If that is full, use the Campus St. parking garage, accessed from Sheridan Rd. via Lincoln Ave. (See map).

    To get to the reception at the Hilton Orrington, we encouraage a 10-15 min walk along Sheridan Ave, which turns into Chicago Ave. (See map for more details). Alternatively, the Hilton offers valet parking for $12, and nearby parking is available at the Church St. garage for approxmimately $3. (See map:


    Kitagawa received his PhD at Kyoto University. After associate Professor at Kinki University, he was promoted to Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University, and then moved to Kyoto University as Professor of Functional Chemistry in 1998. He had been a visiting scientist in F.A.Cotton Laboratory, Texas A & M University, during the period of 1986-1987, and an exchange professor in City University of New York in 1996. He is now Director of Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (WPI-iCeMS) at Kyoto University. His main research fields are materials chemistry based on coordination compounds, in particular, chemistry of coordination space, and his current research interests are centered on synthesis and properties of porous coordination polymers (PCP) /metal-organic frameworks (MOF). He is the first to demonstrate porosity in PCP/MOF by gas sorption experiments (1997). Then, beyond these robust porous frameworks, he developed the concept of the framework which possesses both porosity and structural flexibility.

    He received the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry Award (2007), Humboldt Research Award (2008), The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2009), Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (Chemistry) (2010), The Medal with Purple Ribbon, Japanese Government (2011), The RSC de Gennes Prize (2013), The 10th Leo Esaki Prize (2013), Marco Polo della Scienza Italiana Award (2015), and Japan Academy Award (2016).


    $35.00 Member

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $0.00 Lecture only