News and Upcoming Events

August 17, 2017

A new research publication is out in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, which resulted from a trilateral collaboration between three of the global science nodes: UC Berkeley, SuNaLab (Argentina), and KACST (Saudi Arabia). The research reported in this publication provided a deeper insight into the mechanism of capturing carbon dioxide under dry and wet conditions by alkylamine appended MOFs.

Congratulations on this global collaboration!

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August 9, 2017

Nature

Click here to see our work highlighted on the cover of Nature Reviews Materials.

The work details the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the capture, regeneration, and conversion of carbon dioxide. This publication was the result of a multi-year collaboration and is the first Nature Reviews paper achieved by KFUPM. Congratulations to the KFUPM team!

August 2, 2017

July 31, 2017

Professor Mohd Basyaruddin bin Abdul Rahman ('Basya' for short) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) gave an engaging seminar titled, 'Trending' in Biocatalysis and Chemical Biology, where he talked about his multifaceted approach to the ongoing research programs carried out in his group at UPM. Prof. Basya has been visiting BGSI as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the past two weeks. 

Below are several pictures from Prof. Basya's talk:

July 28, 2017

Public Lecture Announcement!

Presentation | Wednesday, August 2 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. |106 Stanley Hall

Location: University of California, Berkeley

Speaker: Roald Hoffmann

Sponsor: Berkeley Global Science Institute, College of Chemistry

July 27, 2017

Prof. Omar Yaghi was the fifth and final seminar speaker for the Laboratory Research Experience seminar series. His talk focused on the process of discovery with examples provided from his scientific journey through developing reticular chemistry. He highlighted the discoveries of metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks and provided his personal opinions on what future classes of materials will look like. Prof.

July 25, 2017

A new publication in Nature Reviews Materials was authored by Berkeley Global Science Institute's Prof. Omar M. Yaghi, Kyle E. Cordova, and Christopher A. Trickett in collaboration with KFUPM's Prof. Zain H. Yamani and Research Scientists, Dr. Bassem A. Al-Maythalony and Dr. Aasif Helal. The work details the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the capture, regeneration, and conversion of carbon dioxide. This work was the result of a multi-year collaboration and is the first Nature Reviews paper achieved by KFUPM. Congratulations to the KFUPM team!

July 23, 2017

The Reticular Chemistry Naming and Numbering Database was created to be useful in identifying, naming, and numbering new crystalline, extended frameworks.

Through this portal, you can request names and number of new structures created in your lab. All you have to do is fill out the Number Request Submission Form and you will be provided a structure name and number for your publication.

July 21, 2017

Prof. Kristie Boering was the fourth seminar speaker for the Laboratory Research Experience seminar series. Her talk focused on science's role in preventing global environmental catastrophies (ozone depletion) and her research involved in preventing new global problems from arising. Prof. Boering's talk engaged the LRE students in the role that science has in informing society and was inspiring from the viewpoint of pursuing science as a career.

Many thanks to Prof. Boering!

Here are some photos of the event:

July 14, 2017

Prof. Jeff Long was the third seminar speaker for the Laboratory Research Experience seminar series. His talk focused on his research on developing new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas (CO2) capture and separation. He presented his highly regarded work on the mechanism of CO2 capture in amine functionalized MOF-74 and inspired the emerging scholars to maintain an open perspective to data acquired. After the talk, Prof. Long discussed further applications of MOFs, ongoing research areas in his group, and the opportunity to perform science at Berkeley.

July 7, 2017

Prof. Dean Toste was the second seminar speaker for the Laboratory Research Experience seminar series. His talk focused on his research on developing synthetic, supramolecular catalysts, whose activity are approaching what is seen in Nature. After the talk, Prof. Toste shared his views on working for Robert Grubbs at Caltech and Barry Trost at Stanford as well as the importance of uncovering fundamental truths in science (i.e. the need for basic science). 

Thanks Prof. Toste!

Here are some photos of the event:

June 30, 2017

Prof. Jeff Reimer opened the Laboratory Research Experience seminar series with an inspiring talk on undisputable evidence of climate change and the research being undertaken in his group is aimed at mitigating the problems of climate change. After the talk, Prof. Reimer shared his views on all thing science, politics, and life with the emerging scholars participating in the program.

Thanks Prof. Reimer!

Here are some photos of the event:

June 27, 2017

Former Yaghi Group Post-Doctoral Fellow and Global Science Scholar, Prof. Alejandro Fracaroli, has established the newest Global Science Node at the Universidad de Cordoba (UNC) in Argentina.

The participating research group, Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanostructured Systems Laboratory (SuNaLab), will focus its efforts on undertaking the challenge of design, synthesis and application of nanostructured materials. The group places a primary emphasis on recruiting emerging scholars (both from Argentina and abroad) in order to mentor the next generation of scientific leaders.

May 19, 2017

May 17, 2017

The Jordan Times

On May 16, 2017, Professor Omar M. Yaghi, James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry and Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute (BGSI), was received by His Majesty King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan. Professor Yaghi was accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), and Mr. Kyle E.

May 12, 2017

April 25, 2017

California Research Alliance by BASF

Many scientific discoveries and patent applications have resulted from more than 25 research projects underway since West Coast universities and BASF established the California Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF in 2014. This multidisciplinary collaboration headed by the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) conducts research on new inorganic and other advanced materials, biosciences and their applications.

April 21, 2017

April 19, 2017

The collaborative research between UC Berkeley and MIT using MOF-801 to harvest fresh water from dry air with only ambient sunlight has received worldwide media coverage, including: Berkeley News, LBL News, MIT Technology Review,