Chem 278 Prof. Omar K. Farha

Seminar series
Inorganic Chemistry
Mon, Dec 2 11:00am
3440 Mol Sci
Speaker Omar Farha
Northwestern University
Department of Chemistry

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of solid-state materials built up from metal-based nodes and organic linkers. They exhibit permanent porosity and unprecedented surface areas which can be readily tuned through coordination chemistry at the inorganic node and/or organic chemistry at the linkers. The high porosities, tunability, and stability are highly attractive for many applications including, but not limited to, storage, separations and catalysis. Enzyme-mediated catalysis is a practical, sustainable and environmentally benign strategy for the production of industrially relevant chemicals. Advances in protein engineering have led to enzymes with enhanced catalytic performance, yet their use industrially is often hampered by the lack of long-term stability, recyclability and efficient recovery. This talk will address new advances in the synthesis, stabilization and catalytic activity of Enzyme/MOF composite materials developed at Northwestern University.