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November 29, 2017

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series presents Seth Cohen

Submitted by Tawny Ochs

The ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series and Tendai Gadzikwa, assistant professor in the chemistry department, will host Seth Cohen, professor of chemistry and Leslie Orgel scholar in inorganic chemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

Cohen will present "MOFs: From Motors to Materials" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in 4 King Hall.

Metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, are an emerging class of materials with potential applications in energy, catalysis, biomedicine and other technologies. This talk will discuss the development of MOFs as catalytic materials for a variety of chemical transformations.

Developing polymer hybrids of MOFs also is an increasing area of interest to develop new composites with properties shared by these two dissimilar materials. One strategy we have explored is the use of a "polymer ligand" to form porous solids termed "polyMOFs." In the presence of various metal ions, we demonstrate that certain polymers can be coaxed into forming polyMOFs; effective transforming a one-dimensional, noncrystalline, nonporous, organic polymer into a three-dimensional, crystalline, porous, hybrid solid. Our most recent developments in MOF catalysis and polyMOFs will be presented.