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2017-3-11: Yuzhong and Yingbo awarded outstanding student scholarship.
This award by the China Scholarship Council honors the academic excellence and outstanding performance of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas.

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2017-3-2: Diercks, Yaghi commemorate seminal 1916 G.N. Lewis paper
Berkeley chemistry professor Omar M. Yaghi and grad student Christian Diercks have paid homage to a critical G.N. Lewis paper a century after its publication. Writing in the March 3 issue of Science magazine, the authors extend Lewis’s 1916 analysis in “The Atom and the Molecule” to Covalent Organic Framework.

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2017-2-27: Princess Sumaya of Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, Chancellor Dirks, and Prof. Yaghi signed agreement for a research hub
Jordanian princess, a science advocate, was awarded the Chancellor’s Citation. Collaborative plans for building a Reticular Foundry were shaping up to serve as a hub of scientific research attracting top talent from throughout Jordan and the Middle East region.

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2017-2-3: Yaghi received one of Turkey’s highest scientific honors from president Erdogan
Inside the Turkish presidential palace where the award ceremony was held, professor Omar Yaghi was awarded the Turkish Academy of Sciences Prize, and discussed about Metal-Organic Frameworks as well as global science efforts.

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2017-1-6: The Chemistry of Nature, Reimagined
​Nature uses complex molecules to perform miraculous feats, such as turning sunlight into sugars. A new class of extremely porous crystals is making that kind of complexity accessible to humans.

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2016-12-26: Science magazine highlights COF linkage conversion work by Peter and Steven
One difficulty in using very strong linkages to create more robust materials is that the process of crystallization must allow for error correction, so the linkages must be weak enough to be reversible. However, Waller and Lyle et al. bypassed this problem by converting the linkages directly in the frameworks.

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2016-12-7: ACS Select highlights recent Reticular Chemistry advances
​Reticular Chemistry — Construction, Properties, and Precision Reactions of Frameworks

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2016-11-14: Yaghi awarded basic science prize by Turkish Academy of Sciences
Omar M. Yaghi, the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, is the recipient of the 2016 Academy Prize in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences in recognition of his works in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

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2016-10-21: Frameworks for commercial success
Taking chemical technology from the bench to the consumer is a formidable challenge, but it is how research can ultimately benefit wider society. Companies are now beginning to incorporate metal–organic frameworks into commercial products, heralding a new era for the field.

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2016-10-7: Materials World features MOFs
Material of the month issue highlights MOFs as a class of cage-like porous materials that hold promise for some of the most hotly sought applications in science.

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2016-8-23: Structures solved by locking molecules in place
Covalently linking compounds to a chiral MOF steadies them for structural studies via X-ray diffraction.

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2016-8-12: Enzyme Pretenders in Metal-Organic Frameworks
Inspired by the active site of tobacco virus, a MOF with Cys-His-Asp chain was designed as synthetic endopeptidase.

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2016-5-6: How metal-organic frameworks could help realize a carbon-neutral energy cycle
Metal-organic frameworks can be used to combat climate change both as a short-term solution for capturing and converting CO2 and as a long-term solution for hydrogen production and storage.

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2016-1-21: First woven framework created
The formation of materials from interlaced threads has long been sought after, however, synthetic chemists had not previously found a way to interlace chains in a controlled manner, until now.

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2015-12-23: Yaghi wins top international prize for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Professor Omar Yaghi has been selected for his extensive research in the field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in the category of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  
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2015-12-20: Peter Waller of Yaghi group receives SAGE Fellowship
Peter Waller, second year PhD student in the research group of chemistry professor Omar Yaghi, has been selected to receive a NSF Systems Approach to Green Energy, IGERT fellowship.

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2015-11-9: A new way to look at MOFs
An international collaboration of scientists led by Omar Yaghi, a renowned chemist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has developed a technique they dubbed "gas adsorption crystallography" that provides a new way to study the process by which metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) - 3D crystals with extraordinarily large internal surface areas - are able to store immense volumes of gases such a carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane.

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2015-9-24: Materials could capture CO2 and make it useful
Although progress has been made in limiting carbon emissions in some countries, it's clear that finding ways to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks is becoming increasingly imperative. Available systems dramatically increase the cost of electricity from plants equipped with the technology. And what to do with all that carbon dioxide after it's separated remains problematic....

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2015-8-20: Designer material clears hurdle for turning carbon dioxide into fuel
Plants are great at pulling carbon dioxide out of the air. But they are slow, and researchers would love to speed up the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Today, researchers in California report that they've taken the first step to doing just that, by developing a porous material that converts CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO) and oxygen...

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2015-8-18: Carbon capture in the presence of water
At the American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston: Berkeley Lab's Omar Yaghi Discusses Capturing Carbon in the Presence of Water with MOFs and COFs.

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2015-6-18: Alexander Schoedel has been selected as one of the finalists for 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize
Alexander Schoedel, postdoc in the research group of chemistry professor Omar Yaghi, has been selected as one of the finalists for 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize. This year the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium will be held in Hong Kong, on the 7th and 8th of September. The highlight of the symposium will be presentations from the very top finalists and the selection of the 3 winners based upon their presentation and review scores.

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2015-4-8: The hole story
Swiss-cheese-like materials called metal-organic frameworks have long promised to improve gas storage, separation and catalysis. Now they are coming of age.

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2015-3-30: Robinson Flaig of Yaghi group receives NSF GRFP Fellowship
Robinson Flaig, first year PhD student in the research group of chemistry professor Omar Yaghi, has been selected to receive a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.

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2015-3-1: A Forbes story of Prof. Omar M. Yaghi
From his lab in the University of California, Berkeley, Jordan's Omar Yaghi is creating the formula for a greener future - before it's too late.

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2015-2-3: Yaghi receives 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Science
The 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Science has been awarded to Berkeley chemistry professor Omar Yaghi. He shares the award with Michael Grätzel of the Swiss Federal Institute of Techology.

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2014-10-31: MOF technology for methane-powered vehicles
What would it take to put you behind the wheel of a methane-powered vehicle? Researchers are determined to find out...

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2014-10-8: Karen Wong of Yaghi group wins CAP Award
Karen Wong, operations manager in the research group of chemistry professor Omar Yaghi, is the newest recipient of the Chemistry Achievement Prize.

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2014-9-16: MOF Supercapacitors show high performance
Researchers at UC Berkeley led by Dr. Omar Yaghi have shown that MOFs made as nanocrystals (nMOFs) can be doped with graphene and successfully incorporated into devices to function as supercapacitors.

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2014-9-11: Yaghi named as Axalta Distinguished Lecturer at UPenn

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2014-9-9: MOFs as new sorbents for greener cooling
Custom porous materials give eco-friendly adsorption chillers a boost.

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2014-7-17: MOF featured as a milestone in Crystallography
For most of the twentieth century, serendipity was a key ingredient in the synthesis of crystalline solids. The construction of materials with precise architectures was a formidable challenge, but through a subtle combination of chemistry and crystallography, 'designer' crystals - materials with predetermined structures and properties - slowly began to emerge. At the forefront of these endeavours was the field of porous crystals.

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2014-7-1: Yaghi appointed as associate editor of Journal of the American Chemical Society

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2014-6-2: New MOF applications for efficient thermal cooling and heating
Thermal systems use heat to produce cold, and vice versa. To do so, a material is needed that can dissipate water vapor particularly well and quickly. A new method simply applies this property as a layer onto the components.

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2014-5-25: Innovation at BASF and Ford Is Breaking Down Barriers for Natural Gas Vehicles
There are more than 15 million natural gas vehicles worldwide, but fewer than 150,000 of them are in the United States. The limitations of natural gas have all contributed to its inability to break into the U.S. market, even with a significant cost break versus gasoline...

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2014-4-3: Profs. Peidong Yang and Omar Yaghi to lead new BASF-California Research Alliance
The College of Chemistry has launched a new collaborative research center, the California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA), a multidisciplinary effort focused on innovation and technology transfer. Along with Berkeley and the chemical company BASF, CARA academic partners include UCLA and Stanford University.

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2014-2-6: Berkeley-MIT Collaboration on MOF-based thermal batteries for electric vehicle
Adsorption-based thermal batteries could help boost EV range by 40%.

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2014-1-23: MOFs and ZIFs are featured on the cover of a popular general chemistry textbook

About the Cover: The molecular models shown are a portion of the chemical structure of a porous crystal developed by Professor O. M. Yaghi and colleagues at the University of California-Berkeley. Porous crystals are a type of extended structures within which molecules and ions can be trapped and stored, which has potential in applications for clean energy and environmental issues. This structure shown is an example of a metal-organic frameworks (MOF), in which organic fragments are linked together by bonding to metal ions. The MOF shown is synthesized by linking methyl imidazolate with Co(II) or Zn(II). The result is a very open structure with a large internal space (yellow and green spheres) in which other molecules, such as hydrogen, methane, or carbon dioxide, can be inserted. The very open structure of MOFs leads to extremely high effective surface areas and therefore very large storage capacities, In fact, one gram of the material shown has an effective surface area equivalent to that of a football field! (Illustration courtesy of Dr. F. Gandara)

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2013-12-23: Metal-organic frameworks go commercial
MOFs are no longer just academic curiosities; a few companies, including Sigma-Aldrich , now sell lab quantities of MOFs, and BASF makes a handful of the compounds on a ton scale.

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2013-12-23: Capture of carbon dioxide in presence of water
Amyloids, self-assembling protein fibers, are effective for selective carbon dioxide capture.

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2013-12-17: Omar Yaghi's global journey: From the abstract to the practical
Omar Yaghi was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1965. His homeland is a quiet country of 6.5 million people bordered by ...

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2013-10-4: The Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute (Kavli ENSI) at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab was founded
By tapping the latest advances in nanoscience, Kavli ENSI researchers plan to unravel the most intimate details of nature's energy secrets.

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2013-8-9: New method predicts adsorption in carbon dioxide-scrubbing materials
Berkeley scientists have developed a method that accurately predicts the adsorptive properties of crystalline multivariate meta-organic framework (MTV-MOF) systems

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2013-1-10: MOFs - getting inspired for chemical discoveriess
In 2012, BASF received the French Pierre Potier Award for its research on metal organic framework or MOFs: thanks to a new manufacturing process it is possible for the first time to produce MOFs on industrial scale - that is several tons - and without using solvents...

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2012-12-12: Berkeley scientists make carbon a structure it cannot refuse

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2012-10-27: MOFs - New possibilities for storing gas
BASF has been researching into metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and the processes that can be used to manufacture these highly efficient storage materials for gases on an industrial scale, for more than ten years...

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2012-10-2: Foundry's Yaghi lends expertise to emerging Vietnamese chemistry program

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2012-09-28: Yaghi aids in development of a cutting-edge chemistry research center
This new center at Vietnam National University will help train the next generation of basic scientists.

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2012-06-06: Pores expand to fit proteins
New metal-organic framework compounds may have drug delivery and other applications.

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2012-3-9: Yaghi named first holder of Tretter chair

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2012-04-26: Change in State
Discoveries by a Berkeley Lab leader could bring monumental advances

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2012-03-12: Molecular whiz tackles carbon capture, natural gas
Highly porous MOFs serve as future for natural gas storage and carbon capture technologies.

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2012-01-02: Chemist helps Vietnamese university launch advanced chemistry research center
Professor Omar Yaghi, a proponent of global mentorship, has opened a research facility in Ho Chi Minh City to inspire young scientists.

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2011-11-22: Zero-emissions Mercedes-Benz employing hydrogen in MOFs
The environmentally responsible Mercedes-Benz F125 is capable of handling any traffic situation with zero-emissions.

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2011-11-21: Top 10 Most Read Articles for Q3 2011 from Chemistry of Materials
"Covalent Organic Frameworks with High Charge Carrier Mobility," has been announced as one of the top 10 most read articles from the third quarter of 2011 from the journal, Chemistry of Materials.

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2011-10-20: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
Promising Applications for Clean Energy Storage and CO2 Capture: New Directions and Places for MOFs

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2011-09-08: Chemistry professor Omar Yaghi, in his own words
In this UCLA Newsroom video, Omar Yaghi talks about his pioneering research - a world of new matter, with exciting applications for clean energy - discusses how he makes discoveries and takes you inside his UCLA laboratory.

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2011-08-24: Finishing 'Chemical Free,' Fashionable MOFs
Chemical capturing couture, made from fiber impregnated with MOFs developed by Prof. Omar Yaghi (UCLA) and Prof. Juan Hinestroza (Cornell).

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2011-08-16: Thomson Reuters August 2011 Fast Breaking Papers
Ultrahigh Porosity in Metal-Organic Frameworks, by Omar Yaghi and his collaborators was identified as the Fast Breaking Papers for the field of Chemistry for August 2011.

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2011-06-17: MOFs by BASF - Metal Organic Frameworks on an Industrial Scale

The new BASF-video covering recent progress in MOF development is now available at youtube. You will find the movie following the link below:

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2011-05-03: UCLA-Cornell fiber science team developing gas-trapping fabric
A new fabric that can selectively trap gases is being developed at Cornell University, in a breakthrough that promises to help protect soldiers and first responders from exposure to toxic chemicals.

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2011-04-19: Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Chemists, 2000-2010
Omar Yaghi named among the top 2 most cited chemists worldwide having achieved more than 200 citations per paper for over 100 papers (2000-2011).

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2011-01-12: Metal-organic complex arrays (MOCAs): metals in sequence
Making molecules that contain multiple metal atoms and more than one type of metal is notoriously tough. But that's exactly what a research team based in Japan and the U.S. has done.

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2010-11-04: BASF Makes MOFs On Industrial Scale
BASF claims to have achieved the first industrial-scale synthesis of metal-organic frameworks

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2010-09-16: Making Edible Nanostructures
ACS Meeting News: Food-grade starting materials yield new metal-organic framework compounds

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2010-07-20: Scientists Create Improved CO2-Absorbing Crystals
Chemists in South Korea and the United States have improved the design of a type of artificial crystal, doubling the amount of carbon-dioxide they can absorb and store. Called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), the metallic crystals are porous, stable structures that can absorb and compress gases into very small spaces.

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2010-07-07: MOF-210 and MOF-200 hold a new record in porosity and surface area
New Champs Made from a combination of zinc clusters and organic linkers, these materials set new records for surface area and gas uptake.

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2010-05-03: Omar Yaghi receives the 2010 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry
for his pioneering work in porous metal-organic frameworks and their applications to gas storage and clean energy

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2010-02-01: UCLA chemists create synthetic 'gene-like' crystals for carbon dioxide capture
The discovery could lead to cleaner energy, including technology that factories and cars can use to capture carbon dioxide before it reaches the atmosphere.

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2010-01-13: 7 MOF papers in Chem. Rev. Soc. are listed among the top 10 most accessed in Chem. Rev. ...

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2009-12-11: Royal Academy Museum in London
A sculpture presently on the facade of the Royal Academy Museum in London, has been inspired by ZIFs with a porous structure and flap-like elements

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2009-12-10: UCLA appoints three of world's leading chemistry scholars to endowed chairs
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has named Kendall N. Houk to the Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry, Omar M. Yaghi to the Irving and Jean Stone Chair in Physical Sciences, and Shimon Weiss to the Dean M. Willard Chair in Chemistry. ''These are three outstanding scientists who add to the distinction and prestige of UCLA, and we are honored to count them among our colleagues,'' said Albert Courey, professor and chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department.

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2009-12-09: David Britt's work in the Yaghi Laboratory is featured in the New York Times
To sequester carbon dioxide as part of any climate-change mitigation strategy, the gas first has to be captured from the flue at a power plant or other source. The next step is just as important: the CO2 has to be released from whatever captured it so that it can be pumped underground or otherwise stored for the long term.

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2009-12-02: Energy-efficient chemical filter catches carbon dioxide
David Britt in Yaghi's group has found a compound that can capture and then release carbon dioxide more efficiently than other processes tested to date. Capturing CO2 is critical for purifying natural gas, and for attempts to sequester CO2 to decrease its emission into the atmosphere. Any viable CO2 filter must not only effectively capture CO2, but it must also release the CO2 in an energy efficient manner so the filter can be reused. More in a paper published in PNAS 2009.

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2009-12-01: Magnesium cage shows promise for carbon capture
The material, a metal organic framework or MOF, captures and releases CO2 more efficiently than any other system tested so far and, the researchers say, should be seriously considered as a potential candidate for the energy-efficient trapping of CO2 as part of carbon capture and storage strategies to decrease the volume of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere.

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2009-10-23: Capturing CO2, an interview with Omar Yaghi
Omar Yaghi has made a major advancement in the development of CO2 capturing materials. Scientists at the UCLA Yaghi Laboratory demonstrated that they can successfully isolate and capture carbon dioxide with a class of new materials.

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2009-09-22: Omar Yaghi is the Izatt-Christensen Awardee
Omar M. Yaghi, Jean Stone Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the winner of the 2009 Izatt-Christensen Award, sponsored by IBC Advanced Technologies

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2009-08-20: New Trick For MOFs
By incorporating macrocyclic polyethers into the three-dimensional porous structure of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a team of chemists from UCLA and Northwestern University has enhanced the capabilities of MOFs to include specific binding of organic molecules (Science 2009, 325, 855).

Incorporating cyclic polyethers into metal-organic frameworks permits specific binding of organic molecules in the porous materials.

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2009-08-18: A New Kind of Porosity in MOFs
MOF-1001 exhibits a new kind of porosity where by an incoming molecule can be maneuvered to a specific position in the pore, like a ship maneuvered to the dock.

Docking in Metal-Organic Frameworks, Q. Li, W. Zhang, O. Š. Miljanić, C.-H. Sue, Y.-L. Zhao, L. Liu, C. B. Knobler, J. F. Stoddart, O. M. Yaghi, Science, 2009, 325, 855-859

2009-07-14: Yaghi Lab research featured in New York Times
Build a Better Carbon Trap and ...

To capture the carbon dioxide generated by coal plants, chemical companies like Dow Chemical Co. and energy giants like Alstom SA have been betting big on liquid solvents like amine, a corrosive derivative of ammonia that has a thirst for binding with CO2.
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2009-05-06: Yaghi is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Chemist's Pursuit of Molecular Beauty May Yield Energy Breakthroughs

Yaghi is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on May 8, 2009.
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2009-04-27: Omar Yaghi receives the International Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry to be presented at ISMC ...

The IV joint International Symposium on Macrocyclic & Supramolecular Chemistry, 21-25 June 2009, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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2009-04-20: Yaghi is ranked among the top ten most highly cited chemists worldwide
Top 10 researchers in chemistry based on total citations

The data was provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1998 to 30 June 2008.

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2009-04-14: Segment broadcasting on major television programs

Dr. Omar Yaghi featured on UCLA Spotlight.
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2009-02-18: Geometry becomes beautifully real with MOFs
ACS Award In The Chemistry Of Materials

Geometry is at the heart of chemistry, and in the work of Omar M. Yaghi, this year's winner, the marriage of chemical form and function is blatant and welcome. In his metal organic framework (MOF) crystals and related networklike structures, which Yaghi, 43, collectively refers to as reticular chemistry, geometry becomes beautifully real.

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2009-02-16: The Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008
NEW MATERIALS CAGE CARBON- (Yaghi Lab Featured)

Green technology was hot in 2008. Barack Obama won the presidential election promising green jobs to Rust Belt workers. Investors poured $5 billion into the sector just through the first nine months of the year. And even Texas oilmen like T. Boone Pickens started pushing alternative energy as a replacement for fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas.

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2009-01-09: Molecular Sponges
Is there a limit to the spectacular catalytic and storage abilities of MOFs?

Molecular sponges- is there a limit to the spectacular catalytic and storage abilities of MOFs? Jon Evan investigates, an article in C&EN.

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2008-12-22: Cutting edge chemistry in 2008

"Omar Yaghi and colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles applied high throughput chemistry to make a series of highly porous crystalline materials called zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs)."

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2008-09-03: Heading to Market with MOFs

For Metal-Organic frameworks, lab-scale research is brisk as commercialization begins.

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2008-09-02: Down with Carbon
Scientists work to put the greenhouse gas in its place.

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2008-05-12: Metal Organic Frameworks, first invented in the Yaghi Labs, are now being marketed by BASF and Sold by Aldrich ...

The German chemical company BASF is marketing metal organic frameworks, first invented in the Yaghi labs, under the trade name Basolite Mofs. The compound, of which one gram has the surface area of several football fields, can store and release small molecules such as energy-rich gases with its open framework structure and is being sold through Aldrich Chemicals.

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2008-05-12: The Yaghi group's new compound, ZIF 100, as featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry's ...

Developed by Omar Yaghi and colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the new compounds are made from zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) - porous crystalline materials with a cage-like structure that resembles natural aluminosilicate zeolites.

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2008-05-11: Colossal Cages in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks as Selective Carbon Dioxide Reserviors, B. Wang, A.P. Côté, H. Furukawa, M. O'Keeffe, O. M. Yaghi

With their high thermal and chemical stability and ease of fabrication, ZIFs are promising materials for strategies aimed at ameliorating increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. The materials are chemically and thermally stable, yet have the long-sought-after design flexibility offered by functionalized organic links and a high density of transition metal ions.

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2008-04-18: Jon Stewart from BBC Radio interviews the Yaghi Labs
The BBC Radio Programme Science in Action, which is broadcast globally, interviewed members of the Yaghi labs about their incredible ZIF research.

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2008-02-27: The Yaghi Lab's Research Featured on Wired.Com
CO2 - Absorbing Crystals Just the Tip of Iceberg for UCLA Lab

Yaghi's lab employs automation techniques frequently found in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry to rapidly test crystal samples on a scale not previously possible, which has led to an avalanche of new discoveries.

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2008-02-15: High-Throughput Synthesis of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks and Application to CO2 ...
R. Banerjee, A. Phan, B. Wang, C. Knobler, H. Furukawa, M. O'Keeffe, O. M. Yaghi, Science, 2008, 319, 939-943.

A high-throughput protocol was developed for the synthesis of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs). Twenty-five different ZIF crystals were synthesized from only 9600 microreactions of either zinc(II)/cobalt(II) and imidazolate/imidazolate-type linkers. All of the ZIF structures have tetrahedral frameworks: 10 of which have two different links (heterolinks), 16 of which are previously unobserved compositions and structures, and 5 of which have topologies as yet unobserved in zeolites. Members of a selection of these ZIFs (termed ZIF-68, ZIF-69, and ZIF-70) have high thermal stability (up to 390?C) and chemical stability in refluxing organic and aqueous media. Their frameworks have high porosity (with surface areas up to 1970 square meters per gram), and they exhibit unusual selectivity for CO2 capture from CO2/CO mixtures and extraordinary capacity for storing CO2: 1 liter of ZIF-69 can hold ~83 liters of CO2 at 273 kelvin under ambient pressure.

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2008-02-15: Framework Materials Grab CO2 And Researchers' Attention
ZIFs- 11, 12, 71, 20, 21, and 71 pictured here are but a few of the ZIFs developed by Yaghi and his researchers that have the capacity to store huge amounts of CO2 as highlighted by Robert Service in Science magazine.

Porous solids have become a rich playground for chemists, who can tailor the materials' makeup for use in gas storage, filtering, and catalysis. ZIFs developed in the Yaghi labs excel at these applications.

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2008-02-15: Researchers in the Yaghi lab have developed porous materials that can soak up 80 times their volume of carbon ...
The results of the Yaghi researchers in the area of ZIF's, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks published in the new issue of Science Magazine.

Researchers in the Yaghi labs have developed porous materials that can soak up 80 times their volume of carbon dioxide, offering the tantalizing possibility that the greenhouse gas could be cheaply scrubbed from power-plant smokestacks. The results published in Science Magazine are garnering the attention of the global science and tech community.

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2008-02-07: 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science Newcomb Cleveland Prize
The Yaghi lab wins the 2007 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

Dr. Omar Yaghi and members of his lab win the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2007 Newcomb Cleveland Prize for their paper in Science Magazine "Designed synthesis of 3D covalent organic frameworks, H. M. El-Kaderi, J. R. Hunt, J. L. Mendoza-Cortes, A.P. Cote, R.E. Taylor, M. O'Keefe, O.M. Yaghi, Science, 2007, 316, 268-272".

2008-01-17: COF-105 on the 2007 December cover of C&EN
The Yaghilabs's highly porous organic framework known as COF-105

The Yaghilab's highly porous organic framework known as COF-105 is chosen to grace the cover of the December issue of C&EN. The Yaghilab's pioneering work in the area of COFs is highlighted in the 2007 Chemical Year in Review.

2007-11-02: Omar Yaghi is the 15th most-cited chemist
according to In-Cites.com

"Essential Science Indicators ranks Omar Yaghi as the 15th most-cited chemist with a total of 10,408 citations from 75 papers at an impressive frequency of 138.77 citations per paper for the ten-year plus six-month period, January 1997 - June 30, 2007." Omar has risen from # 22 in December of 2006 up from #28 in November 2005.

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2007-11-01: Metal-Organic Frameworks with Exceptionally High Capacity for Storage of Carbon Dioxide at Room ...
As published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

The article, "Metal-Organic Frameworks with Exceptionally High Capacity for Storage of Carbon Dioxide at Room Temperature", published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society is being featured on the ACS Publications website as a "Hot Paper" as defined by Thomson Scientific (ISI) Essential Science Indicators. Hot Papers are articles published within the last two years receiving the most citations over the most recent two-month period.

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2007-11-01: Effects of Functionalization, Catenation, and Variation of the Metal Oxide and Organic Linking Units on the Low-Pressure Hydrogen Adsorption Properties of Metal-
As published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

The article, "Effects of Functionalization, Catenation, and Variation of the Metal Oxide and Organic Linking Units on the Low-Pressure Hydrogen Adsorption Properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks", published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society is being featured on the ACS Publications website as a "Hot Paper" as defined by Thomson Scientific (ISI) Essential Science Indicators. Hot Papers are articles published within the last two years receiving the most citations over the most recent two-month period.

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2007-10-02: Omar Yaghi is the 2007 MRS Medal Award Recipient
The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement which has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.

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2007-09-24: Modular Chemistry: Secondary Building Units as a Basis for the Design of Highly Porous and Robust Metal-Organic Carboxylate Frameworks M. Eddaoudi, D. Moler, H.
Account of Chemical Research reports this article is the journal's number 1 most cited article in 2006 of all the journal's articles published from 1996-the present.

As featured in the Accounts of Chemical Research article the unique structure MOF-3:


(a) Building unit in the crystal structure of Zn3(BDC)3⋅6CH3OH (MOF-3), in which each carboxylate carbon of four BDC units and an oxygen from each of the remaining BDC links form. (b) Octahedral (Oh) SBU, that assembles into (c) a primitive cubic-like decorated diamond net topology. (Structures were drawn using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data.)

2007-08-23: Nature: Space Invaders
Our research was featured in the Aug. 16, '07 issue of Nature.

Space Invaders

Space exploration usually means leaving Earth's orbit. But chemists are now burrowing inside solids to open new vistas. Katharine Sanderson reports from the internal frontier.

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2007-08-19: Omar M. Yaghi chosen as one of the Popular Science's "Brilliant 10"
Hydrogen Nano-Architect

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2007-06-19: Porous Crystalline Organic Frameworks
As featured in C&EN, the highly porous organic framework known as COF-108.

COF-108 is built from tetrahedral and planar triangular building blocks joined by C2O2B rings. Carbon is blue; oxygen, red; and boron yellow.

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2007-06-07: "Putting Order into Polymer Networks" Peter M. Budd provides a perspective on the Yaghi group's latest paper published in Science
Organic, three-dimensional microporous structures have been synthesized. Such organic zeolites are light and chemically versatile, offering a range of possible applications.

Microporous materials contain pores or channels with diameters of less than 2 nm- only a little bigger than many molecules. These pores or channels may be used as filters that allow some species through but not others, as containers to isolate or store specific molecules, or as tiny chemical reactors. Chemists have found ways to prepare a wide variety of porous materials, but it has proved difficult to form organic polymer networks with perfectly controlled pore dimensions- until now.

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2007-05-16: Omar Yaghi presented with the 2007 Department of Energy Hydrogen Program R & D ...
Hydrogen Storage in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Professor Omar M. Yaghi was presented with the 2007 DOE Hydrogen Program R & D Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Storage Research and Development in Arlington, VA on May 16th 2007 at the Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Annual Merit Review.

2007-05-07: Omar Yaghi awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Council of Scientific Society ...
Metal Organic Reticular Frameworks

Professor Yaghi's lecture "Metal Organic Reticular Frameworks" was presented to the Council of Scientific Society Presidents on May 6th , 2007 in Washington, D.C. As a guest speaker for the Frontiers of 21st Century Science Forum, he was awarded the 2007 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding of "Reticular Chemistry" by the National Council.

2007-04-20: Omar M. Yaghi has been awarded Dean's Recognition Award at UCLA College of Letters and ...
"Crystals of Pores Without Walls for Clean Energy"

Professor Yaghi's lecture, titled "Crystals of Pores Without Walls for Clean Energy," was presented on April 3. As a guest speaker at the 2006-07 Annual Science Faculty Research Colloquium Series, he has been awarded Dean's Recognition Award at the College of Letters and Science, UCLA.

2007-04-20: Chemists at UCLA Design the Least Dense Crystals Known to Man for Applications in Clean ...
The image shows the crystal structure of COF-108. Synthesized only from light elements (H, B, C, O) COF-108 is the lowest-density crystal ever produced (0.17 g/cm3).

The covalent organic frameworks, or COFs (pronounced "coffs"), one of these new classes of materials, are the first crystalline porous organic networks. A member of this series, COF-108, has the lowest density reported of any crystalline material.

"These are the first materials ever made in which the organic building blocks are linked by strong bonds to make covalent organic frameworks," Yaghi said. "The key is that COFs are composed of light elements, such as boron, carbon and oxygen, which provide thermal stability and great functionality."

COF-108, the latest advance in reticular chemistry development, has a high surface area, with more than 4,500 meters per gram.

"One gram, unraveled, could cover the surface area of approximately 30 tennis courts," Yaghi said.

In the push to develop methods to control greenhouse gas emissions, some of the biggest challenges have been finding ways to store hydrogen for use as a fuel, to use methane as an alternative fuel, and to capture and store carbon dioxide from power plant smokestacks before it reaches the atmosphere. Yaghi and his colleagues believe COFs are uniquely suited for all these applications because of their functional flexibility and their extremely light weight and high porosity.

Through reticular chemistry, Yaghi has developed a process whereby it is possible to utilize the arsenal of organic building blocks to construct a large number of new COF structures whose components can be easily designed to suit a particular application. The pore size and pore functionality of these materials can be varied at will.

Yaghi, whose research overlaps chemistry, materials science and engineering, is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA, which encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration to solve problems in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Yaghi is also the director of the Center for Reticular Chemistry at the CNSI.

"I have long been interested in making materials in a rational way," Yaghi said. "At the beginning of my career, I always thought it should be possible to create a predetermined chemical structure by linking together well-defined molecules as building blocks, just as an architect creates a blueprint prior to construction on buildings."

A year ago, Yaghi made national headlines when he and his team at UCLA, along with colleagues at the University of Michigan, conducted research that could lead to a hydrogen fuel that powers not only cars but laptop computers, cellular phones, digital cameras and other electronic devices. The findings were reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in March 2006.

The materials used in that research, invented by Yaghi in the early 1990s, are called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, which have been described as crystal sponges. These frameworks have nanoscale-size openings, or pores, in which Yaghi and his colleagues can store gases ? such as hydrogen and methane ? that are generally difficult to store and transport.

BASF, a global chemical company based in Germany, has licensed the technology and is moving forward on commercialization of MOFs.

In the fall of 2006, Yaghi was named one of the "Brilliant 10" by Popular Science magazine, which described him as a "hydrogen nano-architect" whose "research papers rank among the most influential in his field." At the age of 42, Yaghi is already ranked No. 22 on the list of the Top 100 most-cited chemists by Thomson Scientific.

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2007-03-20: Two of the top ten Most-Cited articles of 2006 of the Journal of the American Chemical ...
The Journal of the American Chemical Society has announced its Most-Cited Articles of 2006.

Rankings of Most-Cited Articles listed are based on data from Thomson ISI? Web of Science. Yaghi group members contributed two of the top ten most-cited articles.

8. Exceptional H2 Saturation Uptake in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks, Antek G. Wong-Foy, Adam J. Matzger, and Omar M. Yaghi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128(11), 3494 - 3495; Full Article

10. Effects of Functionalization, Catenation, and Variation of the Metal Oxide and Organic Linking Units on the Low-Pressure Hydrogen Adsorption Properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks, Jesse L. C. Rowsell and Omar M. Yaghi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128(4), 1304 - 1315; Full Article

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2006-12-14: Omar M. Yaghi has been awarded the 2006 Herbert Newby McCoy Award
The McCoy Award for the Greatest Discovery in Chemistry 2006 has been awarded to Omar Yaghi for the development of new microporous Metal-Organic Framework materials (MOFs) that exhibit exceptional uptake of hydrogen gas.

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were invented by the McCoy Award winner in the early 90s. MOFs have crystal structures that resembles a scaffold made of linked rods ? a solid-state structure that gives them a multitude of nanoscale pores and a correspondingly vast internal surface area where gas molecules can accumulate. A pinch of a MOF has roughly the surface area of a football field. An analysis of seven new MOFs, reported in a communication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society earlier this year, revealed two of them that exhibit a combination of substantial H2 uptake and moderate densities. These approach the 2010 DOE target of 45 g of H2/L volume, demonstrating that the volumetric capacity of MOFs is feasible as a storage medium for stationary and mobile fueling applications. 45 g is 22.5 moles and would occupy more than 500 liters!

The Herbert Newby McCoy Award was established in 1964 by Mrs. Ethel Terry McCoy in honor of her husband. He wrote Introduction to General Chemistry (1919) with his wife-to-be, Ethel Terry, and contributed to numerous papers on physical chemistry, radioactivity and rare earths. To support her husband's life-long interest in science, Mrs. McCoy designated that this annual award be made to a student or faculty member in the chemistry department making the greatest contribution of the year to science.

2006-12-14: Omar Yaghi is #22 in the Top 100 Most-Cited Chemists for 2006

December 6, 2006 - For the period January 1996 to June 30, 2006, Omar Yaghi is ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 22nd most-cited chemist with a total of 8,632 citations from 73 papers at an impressive frequency of 118 citations per paper. Omar has risen from #28 in November 2005 and from #59 in November 2004.

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2006-10-27: Reticular Chemistry paper in Acc. chem. Res. is listed as a hot paper

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2006-10-16: Hydrogen Sorption in Functionalized MOFs paper in JACS is listed as the hottest JACS ...
In celebration of National Chemistry Week, ACS Publications has listed over 100 current "Hot Papers" as recognized by Thomson ISI®Essential Science Indicators..

Hot Papers are articles published within the last 2 years receiving the most citations over the most recent 2-month period. For the current two month period, the ISI® recognizes 244 total Hot Papers in chemistry alone, with ACS Publications accounting for 41 of the top 100, or more than 40% of the 'hottest' papers in chemistry! At the top of the list is Hydrogen Sorption in Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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2006-10-14: National Nanotechnology Initiative features UCLA professor Omar Yaghi
News about UCLA, University of Michigan Chemists Report Progress in Quest to Use Hydrogen as Fuel for Cars and Electronic Devices is currently featured on the front page of the National Nanotechnology Initiative website.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) provides a multi-agency framework to ensure U.S. leadership in nanotechnology that will be essential to improved human health, economic well being and national security. The NNI invests in fundamental research to further understanding of nanoscale phenomena and facilitates technology transfer.

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2006-10-14: USA Today - Here come science's best and brightest: The 'Brilliant 10'
September 12, 2006 - Omar Yaghi, UCLA professor of materials science is featured today in USA Today in a story about Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" scientists and researchers, identified in the October issue of the magazine (First Edition, Life, Page 8D).

Omar Yaghi, 41; UCLA-Los Angeles; materials science

Compressing gas usually takes very high pressure or very low temperature. Yaghi used molecular building blocks to create tiny, honeycombed scaffolding, which draws gas molecules close together, potentially making hydrogen-fueled cars feasible.

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2006-10-14: Exceptional H2 Saturation Uptake in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter, April 2006

April 2006 - Responding to the U.S. Energy Department's "Grand Challenge" for better hydrogen storage technologies (H&FCL July '03), researchers at the Universities of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Michigan have developed a material that exceeds DoE current targets.

Storing gaseous amounts in handheld electronic devices powered by small fuel cells is a key issue in and obstacle to the commercialization of hydrogen energy technology.

UCLA chemistry professor Omar Yaghi and Michigan's Adam Matzger and Antek Wong-Foy have developed a new family of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) that can adsorb up to 7.5% by weight (Yaghi moved to UCLA from Michigan only recently). These materials, also described as "crystal sponges," so far store about one percent more than the 6.5% by weight that DoE estimates is needed to make hydrogen fuel practical for cars, according to UCLA's release.

 
2005-12-01: Professor Yaghi interviewed by Science Watch
U. Michigan's Omar Yaghi on What's In Store for MOFs

Some phrases just ring with a futuristic tone, despite our inescapable presence already in the 21st century. One of them is "crystal engineering." It suggests, for example, high-tech diamond merchants mindful of a plan that goes beyond digging for their wares. In truth, crystal engineering is a technology that's already arrived, with a host of applications from fuel cells on a chip to nanosensors and molecular electronics.

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2005-11-05: Learn more about professor Yaghi in an interview
Professor Yaghi interviewed by the University of Michigan News Service

Chemistry professor's interest in molecules leads to storage of gases:

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2005-09-15: Framework for H2 Storage, Research News
September 2005 page 15

Metal-organic framework materials (MOFs) have attracted great attention since they were first synthesized in 1999 because their extraordinary level of porosity and large surface area hold promise for gas adsorption and storage.

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2005-08-22: Filling Up With Hydrogen
Chemical and Engineering News, August 22, 2005 page 42

New materials and methods are improving hydrogen storage and production technology, but significant challenges remain.

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2005-03-23: Potential Hydrogen Storage Material
Chemical Week, March 23, 2005 page 21

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2004-12-31: Making an Impact on Fuel Cell Technology
University of Michigan Tech Transfer 2004

Professor Omar M. Yaghi, Making an impact on fuel cell technology.

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2004-12-29: Small is beautiful
Science et Vie Vol 229 2004

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2004-11-02: U. Michigan's Omar Yaghi on What's In Store for MOFs
Science Watch, Vol. 15, No. 6 November/December 2004, page 5, page 6

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2004-11-01: Advances in hydrogen storage materials
Materials Today, November 2004 page 30

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2004-10-30: Hydrogen as Fuel? U-M Researchers say It's Ideal
Michigan vs. Michigan State October 30, 2004 Program page 8

The notion seems almost inconceivable: develop a material with so much storage capacity that less than half an ounce of the stuff covers the surface area of a football field.

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2004-05-06: U-M hydrogen-fuel researcher wins project goals
Ann Arbor News, May 6th, 2004, section E, page 1

University of Michigan chemist Omar Yaghi is shown with a model of a metal-organic framework. His lab got a boost from a pair of federal grants.

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2004-04-28: Grants to aid fuel cell studies
Detroit Free Press, April 28th, 2004

$350 Million in help from government announced in Detroit
Private sector chips in $225 million

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2004-02-17: Crystals Could End Up as the Fuel Tank of the Future
New York Times, February 17th, 2004, section F, page 3

"At first glance, the crystal looks like a diamond," said Dr. Omar M. Yaghi, a professor of chemisty at the University of Michigan.

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2004-02-09: Roomy Crystals
Chemical and Engineering News, February 9th, 2004, page 10

Design strategy yields porous crystals with record-breaking surface area.

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2004-02-07: Triangular trick turns crystal into giant store
New Scientist , February 7th, 2004, page 25

"SPACIOUS and amply proportioned with plenty of storage space" If MOF-177 were an apartment, that's probably how the vendor's patter would go.

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2003-11-02: MOFs Point Way to 6% H2 Storage
Fuel Cell Technology News, November, 2003, Materials; Vol. 6, No. 2

A class of materials called Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF), which are able to store large quantities of hydrogen that is easily accessible to fuel cells, is under development at the University of Michigan.

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2003-08-02: Promise of hydrogen storage
Materials Today, July/August , 2003, page 12

Microporous Materials

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2003-07-02: New materials promising for hydrogen storage
Fuel Cells Bulletin, July, 2003, page 8

A new class of materials can store large amounts of hydrogen at normally encountered temperatures and pressures, without the problems associated with other approaches, according to chemists at the University of Michigan working in collaboration with researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Arizona State University.

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2003-06-11: Detailing a Nanoscale Hydrogen Storage System
Chemical Week, June 11th, 2003, page 25

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2003-06-02: Ventures Afield
Chemical and Engineering News, June 2nd, 2003, page 13

BASF unit makes fourth investment in start-up businesses

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2003-05-19: Porous Crystals Soak Up Hydrogen
Chemical and Engineering News, May 19th, 2003, page 11

Molecular design leads to materials with large H2 storage capacity.

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2003-04-25: Angewandte Chemie Cover Picture
Angewandte Chemie, April 25th, 2003, Vol. 115, No. 16

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2003-02-28: U.S. Department of Energy Launches a GRAND CHALLENGE for Basic and Applied Research in Hydrogen ...
Physics Today, 2003

Fundamental Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science R&D required Proposals due in September 2003.

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2002-12-16: Chemistry Highlights 2002
Chemical and Engineering News, December 16th, 2002, page 44

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2002-10-02: Crystals Full of Nothing Cover
Spheres, Fall, 2002, page 4

Crystals full of Nothing: An Inevitable Outcome of Molecular Design and a New Opportunity for Materials and Inorganic Chemistry.

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2002-03-29: Crystal Engineering: from Structure to Function
Science , March 29th, 2002, Vol. 295 page 2410

Modern crystal engineering has emerged as a rich discipline whose success requires an iterative process of synthesis, crystallography, crystal structure analysis, and computational methods.

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2002-01-21: Crystal Sponges
Chemical and Engineering News, January 21st , 2002, page 8

Porous metal-organic frameworks offer useful properties for gas storage.

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2001-06-23: Perfecting Porosity: Better living through holey chemistry
Science News, June 23rd, 2001, Vol. 159 page 398

Some chemists worry plenty about nothing.. Well, almost nothing. It's the holes inside solid materials that are on their minds.

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2001-02-12: Reinforced Porous Crystals
Chemical and Engineering News, February 12th, 2001, page 8

Scientists attempting to make crystals with large pores- desirable for separations, catalysis, sensing and storage- usually have to contend with loss of stablility as pore size increases.

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2000-10-02: A molecular world full of holes
Originally printed in Chemical Innovation, October, 2000, page 3

The importance of porous materials to the world/s chemical industry is reflected by their near US $350 billion sector of the global economy.

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2000-06-15: Design of Solids From Molecular Building Blocks: Golden Opportunities for Solid State ...
Special Issue, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, June, 2000

Guest Co-Editors: Omar M. Yaghi & M. O'Keefe

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1999-11-20: Innovative Crystal's Got Plenty o' Nuthin
Science News, November 20th, 1999, Vol. 156 page 327

For years, chemists have fantasized about molecular scaffolds that would catalyze the tricky chemistry that enzymes foster. The structures would provide a framework for assembling and dissecting organic molecules. Toward this goal, researchers have attempted to make gauzy crystals that are themselves organic.

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1999-11-17: Chemists Create the First of a New Class of Catalysts to Handle Big Molecules
First printed in Arizona State University News, Nov. 17, 1999

Chemistry may not grab the kind of headlines that computers do, but it's what makes modern life happen, from gasoline to plastics to the material of computer chips. Chemical catalysts are special molecules that encourage chemical processes and are one of the most critical components of our technological culture. These chemical movers and shakers are the unsung heroes of our chemistry-based civilization.

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