Leadership and Administration


Prof. Omar M. Yaghi

James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


Omar M. Yaghi received his B.S. degree from State University of New York-Albany (1985), and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana (1990) with Professor Walter G. Klemperer. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990-92) with Professor Richard H. Holm. He has been on the faculties of Arizona State University (1992-98), University of Michigan (1999-2006), and UCLA (2007-2011). He is currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute. He is also the Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute, and the California Research Alliance by BASF.

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Prof. Peidong Yang

S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy; Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


Peidong Yang received his B. A. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology in China (1993) before moving on to Harvard University where he received his  Ph. D. in Chemistry (1997). After this, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1997-1999) before beginning his independent career at University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his career he has received the following awards: 3M Untenured Faculty Award (2000); Research Innovation Award (2001); NSF CAREER Award (2001); Hellman Family Faculty Award (2001); ACS ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Award (2001); Beckman Young Investigator Award (2002). MIT Tech. Review TR 100 (2003); ChevronTexaco Chair in Chemistry, Berkeley (2003); First Chairperson for American Chemical Society, Nanoscience subdivision (2003); Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2004); Dupont Young Professor Award (2004), Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics (2004), MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2004), ACS Pure Chemistry Award (2005), Chinese Academy of Science Molecular Science Forum Lectureship (2006), NSF A. T. Waterman Award (2007), Scientific American 50 Award (2008), and MacArthur Fellow (2015).

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Prof. Douglas S. Clark
Chair of Advisory Board

College of Chemistry Dean; Gilbert Newton Lewis Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


Professor; B.S., University of Vermont (1979); Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1983); Presidential Young Investigator Award (1986); Most Appreciated Faculty Member, AIChE Student Chapter, University of California, Berkeley (1995); Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineers (1995); Amgen Award in Biochemical Engineering (2003); International Enzyme Engineering Award (2003); Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2003); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003); NorCal Chemical Engineering Excellence Award — Industrial Research (2004); Department of Chemical Engineering Teaching Award (2006); Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology, American Chemical Society (2006); Editor-in-Chief, Biotechnology and Bioengineering (1996-present); James E. Bailey Award (2014).

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Kyle E. Cordova
Associate Director

Research Associate, Yaghi Laboratory


Kyle E. Cordova received his M.Sc. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the guidance of Professor Omar M. Yaghi. In 2012, he moved to San Francisco State University where he taught in the Department of Chemistry as a Lecturer. In 2014, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley to join Professor Yaghi’s research group as a Research Associate as well as the Berkeley Global Science Institute (BGSI). From 2014 to 2016, he directed the research and mentored the Ph.D. students at the Center for Molecular and NanoArchitectures – a global science node in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since 2016, Kyle has served as the Associate Director of BGSI, in which he is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing all Global Science nodes and programs in the United States and abroad. His research has focused on further developing and promoting the principles of reticular chemistry. He has co-authored 25 publications, including three in Science or Nature family journals, with >4000 citations.

Karen Wong
Operations Manager


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Distinguished Affiliate Global Science Scholars

Lars Öhrström

Visiting Scholar, Yaghi Laboratory


Educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Prof. Öhrström did post-doctoral studies at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble, and he is currently professor of inorganic chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. At Chalmers, he is involved in both teaching and research, currently serving as the head of the Chemical Engineering programme. His specific science area is Metal-Organic Frameworks and the use of network topology analysis in solid-state chemistry.

Since 2007 he has been engaged in the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and is currently president of the inorganic division. In addition to the normal duties of a division member he has been involved in several IUPAC projects dealing with the nomenclature and terminology of metal-organic frameworks and coordination polymers. He is also a supporter of global science initiatives, and has active collaborations in many African countries where he has also organised symposiums and workshops.

As a side-line, he nurtures an interest in the role of chemistry in history, art, literature and film, and his popular science book The Last Alchemist in Paris (OUP, 2013) has been translated into several languages. In 2018 the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, will publish The Rhubarb Connection and other Revelations: The Everyday World of Metal Ions, a popular account of coordination chemistry.


Michael O’Keeffe


Prof. O’Keeffe’s career began at the University of Bristol where he received his Ph.D. He worked briefly at Indiana University before starting his tenure at Arizona State University, USA. He is currently Emeritus Regents’ Professor and Research Professor at Arizona State University.

Prof. O’Keeffe’s research is mainly concerned with the atomic and electronic structure and properties of crystalline inorganic solids. Highlights of his early work include the discovery and interpretation of inverse isotope effect in hydrogen diffusion in metals; the first to identify anion-conducting solid electrolytes, termed “superionic conductors’; the first identification and structure determination of a new mineral (takéuchiite) entirely by electron microscopy; recognition of the importance of cylinder (rod) packings in crystal chemistry; recognition of the role of non-bonded interactions in crystal chemistry; general theory of bond lengths and atom size; proposals and evaluations for new structures of carbon fullerenes; and extensive studies in the role of geometry of periodic patterns in crystal chemistry.

His recent work has particularly focused on the geometry of periodic frameworks and its importance in crystal chemistry. He, with Professor O. M. Yaghi, executed the design, synthesis and characterization of periodic metal-organic frameworks that proved remarkably robust and porous.

Osamu Terasaki


Osamu Terasaki began his career at Tohoku University, Japan, where he obtained his Ph.D. and later served as a faculty member in the Department of Physics for more than 36 years. He has been a guest professor at Lund University, Sweden; Jilin University, China; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Waseda University, Japan, among others. He was the Research Director of Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Japan Science and Technology Corporation. In 2003, he moved to Stockholm Univ, Sweden to take the position, Head of Structural Chemistry.

He is currently working at Stockholm University, KAIST, UC Berkeley, and ShanghaiTech. Currently, he working to set up an active EM centre at ShanghaiTech in science as well as in instruments.

Prof. Terasaki’s research interest lies generally in scattering/diffraction/imaging using electrons and X-ray (photons). These approaches will fit well for studying structural details of nano- complex materials and accumulation details of adsorbates within pores during gas- adsorption process, and also for observing kinetic/reaction process directly in an atomic scale.

He has 382 publications and average citations per item is 62.59 times. His h-index is 70 (as of 2016.10.16, from Web of Knowledge).

Hans-Beat Bürgi


Prof. Hans-Beat Bürgi is a permanent academic guest at the Chemistry Department of the University of Zürich, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bern, Switzerland and a co-director of the Zurich School of Crystallography, a two-week intense course for international students, which was inaugurated in 2007.

His main interests are centered on static and dynamic structural chemistry and on the technique of X-ray diffraction. He directs (together with Prof. Kim Baldridge) the Sinergia project "Structure Elucidation of Disordered Crystals from Diffuse Scattering, Crystal Modeling, and Supercomputing" supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project is a collaborative undertaking with the Spallation Neutron Source at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (SNS/ORNL).