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    Prof. Omar Farha - Smart and Programmable Sponges

    February 21, 2020
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    RAM Restaurant & Brewery
    9520 W Higgins Rd
    Rosemont, IL 60018

     Omar Farha

    -Professor of Chemistry-
    Northwestern University 

    "Smart and Programmable Sponges"


    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-assembleMOF framework 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.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration and Student Poster Session
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Main Lecture



    MAIN SITE (With live speaker): Ram Restaurant & Brewery (Rosemont, IL)
    REMOTE LOCATION #1: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)

    TEACHERS! All K-12 educators can receive continuing education credits for attending our meetings. Get your CE form at the registration desk.


    Undergraduates can present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Register your poster here:

    ! Did you present a poster at a recent conference? Bring it out and present it again!


    BUFFET DINNER - Main site only:

    Chimichurri Chicken, Mac and Cheese with Roasted Mushrooms
    Caesar Salad, Seasonal Rice, Seasonal Vegetable
    Non-alcoholic Beverage


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 18
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 20

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    Omar K. Farha is an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, president of NuMat Technologies, and Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His current research spans diverse areas of chemistry and materials science ranging from energy to defense related challenges.  Specifically, his research focuses on the rational design of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for applications sensing, catalysis, storage, separations and water purification. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors including Kuwait Prize, Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry “International award for creative work”; the Royal Society of Chemistry “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award; the American Chemical society “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science; and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in his honor: the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry” and given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. Prof. Farha has 430 peer-reviewed publications, holds 16 patents,  47,000 citation and h-index of 105 (google Scholar), and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Omar is the co-founder of NuMat Technologies, the first company to commercialized an engineered system level product enabled by Metal-Organic Framework Materials.



    Ram Restaurant & Brewery
    9520 W. Higgins Rd.
    Rosemont, IL 60018


    PARKING: free in adjacent lot


    Purdue University Northwest
    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323


    PARKING: free



    $35.00 MAIN SITE DINNER - Nonmember

    $15.00 MAIN SITE DINNER - Student

    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only registration