News and Upcoming Events

October 9, 2016

The research team at NIMS recently filmed a video that functions as a visual experiment (P. Bose, P. K. Sukul, O. M. Yaghi, K. Tashiro, Synthesis of a Water-soluble Metal–Organic Complex Array, J. Vis. Exp., 2016116, e54513. DOI:10.3791/54513).

This video takes you through the synthetic process for realizing water-soluble metal-organic complex arrays. Congratulations to the team and their excellent display of scientific prowess!

Through a partnership with the College of Chemistry, we are excited to annouce a new program designed for high school students - the SciTech Program. The inaugural session will begin in the summer of 2017. Please note: there are only 100 spots available and they will fill up fast!

Through a partnership with the College of Chemistry, we are excited to annouce a new program designed for undergraduate scholars - the Laboratory Research Experience Program. The inaugural session will begin in the summer of 2017. Please note: there are only 28 spots available and they will fill up fast!

Click here for more information about the program.

October 6, 2016

Kyle E. Cordova visited Felipe Gandara, Enrique Guiterrez-Puebla, and Angeles Monge at the Material Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) to discuss global science, relevant research activities, and establish future partnerships. ICMM-CSIC has an ongoing project with the Center for Molecular and NanoArchitecture (MANAR) to host visiting scholars and train them in advanced crystallographic techniques.

August 18, 2016

A research program, designed in conjunction with KACST, to develop a new way to visualize and understand the three dimensional structures of difficult to crystalize molecules has recently found success. This resulted in a research paper in Science, entitled "Coordinative Alignment of Molecules in Chiral Metal-Organic Frameworks". Congratulations to the authors!

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August 9, 2016

Ph.D. students Binh T. Nguyen and Ha L. Nguyen are authors on a recently accepted research paper in Chemistry of Materials entitled "High Methanol Uptake Capacity in Two New Series of Metal-Organic Frameworks: Promising Materials for Adsorption-Driven Heat Pump Applications".  Congratulations MANAR students!

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High Methanol Uptake Capacity in Two New Series of Metal-Organic Frameworks: Promising Materials for Adsorption-Driven Heat Pump Applications

July 24, 2016

A research program, designed in conjunction with KACST, to improve methane storage working capacity in MOFs recently found success. This resulted in a research paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, entitled "High Methane Storage Working Capacity in Metal-Organic Frameworks with Acrylate Links". Congratulations to the authors!

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June 28, 2016

As part of an official visit to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory this past week, Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid A. Al-Falih (pictured center below) met with the co-directors of the KACST-UC Berkeley Center of Excellence of Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications (CENCEA), Prof. Omar M. Yaghi (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Ahmad Alshammari (KACST). Other Saudi researchers, Drs. Nawal Al Abass and Abdullah Abbas (Prof. Paul Alivisatos Group) joined as well.

June 5, 2016

June 1, 2016

Ph.D. students Nhung T. T. Nguyen, Tien N. H. Lo, and Huong T. D. Nguyen are authors on a recently accepted research paper in Inorganic Chemistry entitled "Mixed-Metal Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks and their Selective Capture of Wet Carbon Dioxide over Methane".  Congratulations MANAR students!

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Mixed-Metal Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks and their Selective Capture of Wet Carbon Dioxide over Methane

March 24, 2016

Ph.D. students Ha L. Nguyen and Tan L. H. Doan are authors on a recently accepted research paper in the Journal of American Chemical Society, entitled "A Titanium-Organic Framework as an Exemplar of Combining the Chemistry of Metal- and Covalent-Organic Frameworks". This work was a result of collaboration between Drs. Felipe Gandara (former Yaghi group post-doctoral scholar) and Hiroyasu Furukawa (Research Scientist). Congratulations MANAR students!

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March 20, 2016

The Berkeley Global Science Institute's Global Science Coordinator, Kyle E. Cordova, will visit the KFUPM team for an extended period of time starting in March. He will engage the research team at KFUPM through instrument-specific training, project development, and publication writing. 

Good luck Kyle!

February 13, 2016

The Yaghi group has recently authored an accepted perspective paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (Impact Factor: 12.113) titled, "Covalent Chemistry Beyond Molecules" (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b10666) that was financially supported by KACST. Congratulations to KACST and the Yaghi group!

Prof. Ahmad S. Alshammari, Co-Director of the KACST-UC Berkeley Center of Excellence on Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Application, has arrived to the Yaghi Group at Berkeley. Prof. Alshammari will begin work on developing new metal-organic frameworks that function as heterogeneous catalysts for petrochemically relevant processes. If you would like to set up a time to discuss science with him, he can be reached by email (aalshammari@berkeley.edu)

Welcome back Ahmad!

January 27, 2016

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.

October 20, 2015

Ph.D. students Phuong T. K. Nguyen and Huong T. D. Nguyen and former MANAR research assistant Hung Q. Pham are authors on a recently accepted research paper in Inorganic Chemistry (Impact Factor 4.762) entitled "Synthesis and Selective CO2 Capture Properties of a Series of Hexatopic Linker–Based Metal-Organic Frameworks". Congratulations Students!

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October 9, 2015

Ph.D. students Binh T. Nguyen and Ha L. Nguyen and former MANAR Master's student Long H. Ngo, are authors on a recently accepted research paper in Chemical Communications (Impact Factor 6.834) entitled "Azobenzene-Containing Metal-Organic Framework as an Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Direct Amidation of Benzoic Acids: Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds".

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September 9, 2015

Thach N. Tu, Ph.D. student, is first author on a recently accepted research paper in Catalysis Science & Technology (Impact Factor 5.426) entitled "New Topological Co2(BDC)2(DABCO) as Highly Active Heterogeneous Catalyst for Amination of Oxazoles via Oxidative C-H/N-H Couplings". Congratulations! 


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February 3, 2015

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. To learn more about the prize, visit the King Faisal International Prize Website.

August 13, 2014

Ph.D. Student, Nhung Nguyen, published a paper in Angewandte Chemie. The journal has an impact factor of 11.9458.