150 Years of Beautiful Structures and Defects

The Berkeley Global Science Institute and Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) leadership held a University of California, Berkeley (US) – Center for Molecular and NanoArchitecture (VN) symposium, titled "150 Years of Beautiful Structures and Defects" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of VNU-HCM and in honor of Professors Michael O'Keeffe and Osamu Terasaki. Distinguished international scientists and Vietnamese researchers engaged in a two-day symposium intended to report on recent advances and progress made in structural chemistry. The symposium took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 15-16, 2014 under the co-sponsorship of MANAR and UC Berkeley.

The symposium on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and similarly related materials was organized to honor Profs. Michael O’Keeffe and Osamu Terasaki immense contributions to the scientific community’s understanding of chemical structures and defects. The symposium strengthened the relationship between Vietnamese scientists and international colleagues and provides a forum for the discussion of recent advances in materials science and inorganic chemistry research.

To view the symposium program, click here. 

Scientific Objectives

  • Exchange of information through presentations by distinguished international researchers
  • Engagement of Vietnamese scientists with the international community 
  • Foster research collaborations in material science and inorganic chemistry
  • Developing global science network
  • Raise awareness about the outstanding research being conducted in Vietnam

Topics Covered

  • Reticular chemistry and the rational design ofextended frameworks
  • Metal-organic frameworks and related porous, crystalline materials: theory, synthesis, novel concepts, and future developments
  • Crystallography and structural inorganic chemistry
  • Electron microscopy as a structural characterization tool
  • Gas adsorption, separation, and storage
  • Clean energy technology, including energy conversion


  • Sven Lidin, Lund University, Sweden
  • Sumio Iijima, Meijo University, Japan
  • Omar M. Yaghi, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Thanh V. Truong, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Jeffrey R. Long, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Lars Öhrstrom, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Davide M. Proserpio, University of Milan, Italy
  • Michael O'Keeffe, Arizona State University, USA
  • Haw Yang, Princeton University, USA
  • Stephen Hyde, Australian National University, Australia  
  • Michael Anderson, University of Manchester, UK 
  • Kyung Byung Yoon, Sogang University, Korea
  • Motoko Kotani, Tohoku University, Japan 
  • Shilun Qiu, Jilin University, China 
  • Kazuyuki Kuroda, Waseda University, Japan 
  • An-Pang Tsai, Tohoku University, Japan  
  • Mohamed Eddaoudi, King Abdullah University of Science & Tech., Saudi Arabia 
  • Osamu Terasaki, Stockholm University, Sweden 
  • Christopher J. Chang, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Hosting Organizations

  • Center for Molecular and NanoArchitecture (MANAR), Vietnam
  • Berkeley Global Science Institute, College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Vietnam

Conference Chairs

  • Omar M. Yaghi (UCB)
  • Hieu V. Nguyen (VAST, Vietnam)
  • Dat T. Huynh (VNU–HCM)
  • Dzung Hoang (MANAR)