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    "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)" with Dr. Omar Farha (Northwestern U. and NuMat Tech.) - Jan 23

    January 23, 2015
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    How can the world's most porous materials empower the hydrogen economy, protect people from nerve gas, make hospitals safer, and even make a nice dessert in an undergraduate lab? Using metal-organic frameworks, that's how! Perhaps you've already heard about them in the pages of C&ENews (Dec. 8 article), or even the Trib. 

    AIChEPlease join the Chicago Sections of the ACS and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at our Janurary meeting featuring Dr. Omar Farha. Marrying research with development, Dr. Farha researches MOFs in his lab at Northwestern, where he is a Research Professor, and develops them via his blockbuster startup company NuMat, where he is co-founder and President. We'll also have posters on related topics from undergraduate and graduate students (there's still room if you want to present a poster! see details below).


    Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of solid-state materials built from metal-based nodes and organic linkers. They exhibit permanent porosity and unprecedented surface areas which can be readily tuned through coordination chemistry at the inorganic node and organic chemistry at the linkers. The high porosities and surface areas are highly attractive in the context of chemical threat filtration and decomposition as well as other catalytic processes. As exemplified by many catalytic enzyme assemblies in nature, site-isolation is a powerful strategy for performing catalytic reactions to synthesize complex molecules in an efficient way. MOFs provide an exciting platform for deploying different homogenous catalysts as building blocks. Importantly, the catalytically active moieties in these materials can be made in a site-isolated fashion and the cavities surrounding them can be engineered to conceptually mimic enzymes. This talk will address the catalytic activity of few examples of such MOFs.



    We will have a small poster session during the social hour to showcase work in fields related to the main talk, including:
    catalysis, gas storage, clean energy, hydrogen power, heterogeneous catalysis, nerve agents, detoxification, zeolites, and entrepreneurship.

    Abstract guidelines: 500 words, single spaced, Arial 12 pt font. Graphics welcome, however, they will not be printed in color. Abstract and graphic not to exceed 5.25 inches.
    Abstract deadline: January 21, 2015          Email to: [email protected]


    • 5:00 - 7:00  Registration & Social Hour
    • 5:00 - 7:00  Poster Session
    • 7:00 - 8:00  Dinner
    • 8:00 - 8:15  Introductory remarks by AIChE and ACS Chairs
    • 8:15 -          Main Talk - Omar Farha


    • Choice of entree:
      • Brochette of Beef on Bed of Rice with Three-Peppercorn Sauce
      • White Fish with Rice Pilaf
      • Vegetarian pasta
    • Vegetable medley of broccoli, baby carrots & rutabaga, rolls and butter
    • Dessert: Apple crumb cake

    Tickets & Merchandise: Order by noon, January 22

    BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Omar Farha

    Omar K. Farha is a Research Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, and President of NuMat Technologies. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors including an award established by the Northwestern University Department of Chemistry 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. His current research spans diverse areas of chemistry and materials science ranging from energy to defense related challenges.  Prof. Farha has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Thomson Reuters. His research accomplishments have been highlighted by numerous organizations including Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry World, Chemistry Views, Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, Fortune Magazine, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Department of Energy-EERE, MSNBC, Bloomberg Business Week, WGN Radio, Chicago Sun-Time, BBC Radio and many others.





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    $35.00 Member_

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Lecture only

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - natural canvas