News and Upcoming Events

December 5, 2018

KFUPM (Saudi Arabia) recently celebrated the successful Ph.D. thesis defense of the Saudi Aramco CO2 Capture and Utilization Chair Program's first Ph.D. student, Dr. Mahmoud M. Abdelnaby. Dr. Mahmoud's research ("Synthesis and Characterization of Porous Polymers and Metal-Organic Framework/Polymer Composites for Carbon Capture") was carried out under the guidance of Prof. Omar M. Yaghi and Prof. Othman Al-Hamouz. The defense was well-attended and many KFUPM Department of Chemistry faculty members commended Dr.

December 1, 2018

BGSI Distinguished Affiliate Scholar, Prof. Osamu Terasaki, delivered a workshop for our global science node FORMS (UPM, Malaysia) on November 29-30, 2019. Prof. Terasaki lectured on the fundamentals of electron microscopy with a particular focus on the uses and applicability of SEM and TEM in structural characterization of soft-materialsThe workshop also included a hands-on component, in which Prof. Terasaki explained how engineers approach carrying out TEM and SEM operations, including sample preparation. After the workshop, Prof.

November 23, 2018

Associate Director Kyle E. Cordova visited the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) in Amman, Jordan to discuss and promote global science in Jordan. During the visit, Mr. Cordova held roundtable discussions with leading RSS scientists and officials as well as Princess Sumaya University of Technology graduate students. Topics covered were how to strengthen the research ecosystem in Jordan, provide more research opportunities to emerging scholars, and create science-based outreach programs that would engage and inspire the public at large.

Below are several photos from the visit:

November 13, 2018

A new article by BGSI's Associate Director Kyle E. Cordova and Founding Director Omar M. Yaghi has been accepted in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

November 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

The second annual MOF workshop, "The 2nd Malaysian Metal-Organic Frameworks Workshop (MyMOF2018)" was held at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) from October 29 – November 2, 2018. To learn more about the workshop, please click here.

October 29, 2018

As a result of BGSI's participation in the 2017 World Science Forum in Jordan, our global science center at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), led by Dr. Bassem A. Al-Maythalony, established collaborations with a team of Jordanian researchers, led by Dr. Abdussalam K. Qaroush, Dr. Ala'a F. Eftaiha, and Dr. Khaleel I. Assaf. Their collaboration resulted in a research article on carbon capture using a sugar-based absorbent.

October 26, 2018

The 2018 Wolf Prize in Chemistry recognized two important figures in modern inorganic chemistry. Prof. Makoto Fujita was honored “for conceiving metal-directed assembly principles leading to large highly porous complexes,” and Prof. Omar M. Yaghi was honored “for pioneering reticular chemistry via metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).” 

October 24, 2018

Announcement: Click here for the official workshop advertisement.

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.

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

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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.

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.