News and Upcoming Events

October 8, 2018

Over the course of October 4-5, 2018, Founding and Associate Directors Omar M. Yaghi and Kyle E. Cordova, together with BGSI Distinguished Affiliate Scholar  Lars Öhrström, attended the 2nd Symposium on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Southern Africa in Botswana. The symposium partnered a number of terrific scientists hailing from the University of Cape Town, University of Zimbabwe, University of Botswana, and the University of Namibia with distinguished international researchers.

September 11, 2018

Chalmers University

The 2nd Symposium on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Southern Africa will be taking place October 4-5, 2018 at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. The objective of this symposium is to present the forefront of organic and inorganic chemistry through scientific talks given by invited international lectures and southern African emerging scientists in the area.

September 4, 2018

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The second annual MOF workshop, "The 2nd Malaysian Metal-Organic Frameworks Workshop (MyMOF2018)" will be held at Universiti Putra Malaysia from October 29 – November 2, 2018.

August 9, 2018

Public Lecture Announcement!

Presentation | Thursday, August 9 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. |105 Stanley Hall

Location: University of California, Berkeley

Speaker: Roald Hoffmann

Sponsor: Berkeley Global Science Institute, College of Chemistry

August 7, 2018

A new article by BGSI's Founding Director Omar M. Yaghi, BGSI Distinguished Affiliate Scholar Prof. Lars Öhrström, and colleagues Peter Weiderud and Prof. Morsy Abu Youssef has been accepted in AAAS's Science & Diplomacy

July 20, 2018

A new research publication authored by BGSI's Founding Director and Associate Director, Omar M. Yaghi and Kyle E. Cordova, together with BGSI scholars Steven J. Lyle and Robinson W. Flaig has been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Education. This work details three new experiments adoptable for use in undergraduate chemistry curricula. The objective was to provide more resources to university teaching staff for implementing state-of-the-art chemistry topics in their laboratory classes. 

Congratulations to Steven, Robinson and the BGSI team!

July 16, 2018

Dr. Alejandro Fracaroli, a leading scholar from our partnering global science center, SuNaLab, Argentina, delivered the first MOF workshop in Peru. The workshop, "Introduction to a New Class of Porous Materials called MOFs and their Applications", was held in the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), in the city of Lima, Peru.

June 22, 2018

The first executive education program, 'Global Frontiers in Science and Technology, organized by BGSI was a smash success. Over the course of a week, 30 international business executives visited UC Berkeley to hear from the university's top scholars on topics ranging from genome editing, nanotechnology, climate change, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Seminars by Profs. Jennifer Doudna, Dan Kammen, Michael Jordan, Peidong Yang, and Douglas S. Clark were the highlights of the week.

June 19, 2018

SuNaLab in Argentina and Nanoporous Materials Lab in South Korea were awarded a joint grant through CONICET-NRF to work on MOF mesostructures. This grant is an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between two global science nodes led by Dr. Fracaroli at National University of Cordoba (UNC) and Dr. Kyungmin Choi at Sookmyung Women's University. This collaboration is an example of long-standing scientific relationships established and fostered through the Berkeley Global Science Institute.

May 14, 2018

From May 7-11, 2018, Associate Director Kyle E. Cordova visited the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and provided multi-day lectures at the  “Workshop on Reticular Materials” held at UNAM's Institute of Chemistry in Mexico City. The workshop was organized as a part of a broader initiative to strengthen the newly established partnership between Berkeley Global Science Institute and UNAM's Institute of Chemistry. Topics presented included: reticular chemistry design and development, structural characterization, and applications of reticular materials. 

May 10, 2018

Prof. Omar M. Yaghi visited the Saudi Aramco CO2 Capture and Utilization Chair team at KFUPM as a part of ongoing efforts to perform innovative, high impact research in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his visit, Prof. Yaghi met with counterparts at Saudi Aramco to present the team's progress in developing new materials for CO2 capture and utilization applications. Prof. Yaghi also met with the KFUPM team to discuss research progress and to provide scientific mentoring and guidance.

April 30, 2018

The Israel Chemical Society is holding the 2018 Wolf Prize Symposium on May 30, 2018, which is sponsored, in part, by the Berkeley Global Science Institute. The event, Metal-Directed Assembly and Metal-Organic Frameworks, will honor 2018 Wolf Prize recipients, Prof. Omar M. Yaghi and Prof. Makoto Fujita. Speakers include Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. Lars Öhrström, Prof. Kimoon Kim, among many other distinguished scholars.

April 27, 2018

A delegation from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) led by Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohamed Albaili and Dr. Essam A. Abdel-Hafiz (Advisor, Office of the Vice Chancellor) visited UC Berkeley to sign a memorandum of understanding between our institutions. The delegation from UC Berkeley was led by Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and included Prof. Yaghi and Kyle Cordova. Following the MOU signing, Dr. Albaili and Dr. Abdel-Hafiz visited the Berkeley Global Science Institute, took a tour of the Yaghi group's research labs, and met with Prof. Yaghi and Mr.

April 23, 2018

Through BGSI's new partnership with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), we are organizing the first collaborative workshop, "Introduction to Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications", at UNAM in Mexico City from May 7-9, 2018. Associate Director Kyle E. Cordova will give lectures on topics ranging from history, synthesis and characterization, post-synthetic modification, crystal structure solution, topological analysis, and applications with respect to all things reticular chemistry.

April 16, 2018

Dr. Alejandro Fracaroli, a leading scholar from our partnering global science center, SuNaLab, Argentina, is organizing the first-ever MOF workshop in Peru. This event will take place at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima, Peru from July 9 - 13, 2018.  Dr. Fracaroli will detail the design, synthesis, and uses of reticular materials in applications ranging from the purification of contaminants in gas mixtures, catalysis, biomedical applications (drug capture and release), molecular imaging, and translational medicine.

March 20, 2018

A new research publication authored by KFUPM Ph.D. student, Mr. Mahmoud M. Abdelnaby, has been accepted in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. This work detailed the preparation and characterization of a new porous, organic polymer and its performance in separating carbon dioxide from flue gas streams. This project was supervised by Dr. Othman Al-Hamouz and significant contributions were made through collaborations with colleagues throughout KFUPM.

Congratulations to Mahmoud, Othman, and the KFUPM team!

March 12, 2018

A global team of scientists, led by Prof. Selcuk Demir at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University in Turkey, collaborated to produce an extensive review of bipyridine-functionalized zirconium metal-organic frameworks. Significant contributions were made by researchers at two different centers of global science: (a) MANAR, Vietnam researchers: Dr. Thach Tu, Dr. Ha Lac Nguyen, and Mr. My Nguyen; and (b) RCNN, Indonesia researcher: Dr. Brian Yuliarto.

March 1, 2018

Associate Director Kyle E. Cordova visited ShanghaiTech University to discuss and promote global science. During the visit, Mr. Cordova visited Prof. Yuebiao Zhang's labs, met with relevant officials to deepen the relationship between the Berkeley Global Science Institute and ShanghaiTech, and gave a seminar to the School of Physical Science and Technology. An added bonus to the visit was a meet-up with Fudan University Professor, and global science advocate, Qiaowei Li as well as 2017 Laboratory Research Experience alumni Fan Zhang, Yan Yu, Liang Shang, Jie Li, and Tianyang Yan.

February 21, 2018

A delegation from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) led by Dr. William Lee (Director of Scientific Research) and Dr. Jorge Peon (Director of the Institute of Chemistry) visited UC Berkeley to sign a memorandum of understanding between our institutions. The delegation also included Dr. Lena Ruiz Azuara and thirteen young faculty members from UNAM's Institute of Chemistry. Over three days, the delegation met with the Dean of the College of Chemistry, Prof. Douglas S. Clark, Prof.

January 11, 2018