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Research Highlights


Cerium Metal–Organic Framework Proposed for Photocatalysis

Dr. Xin-Ping Wu, a postdoctoral scholar working with Don Truhlar and Laura Gagliardi, has proposed that metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) containing cerium would also be good photocatalysts; with research supported by the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center.

Published in the J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2018) DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b03613.

Master of Filtering Game

Trap Nasty Carbon Dioxide, Save the World, Become a Master of Filtering

For more than a year, NMGC researchers worked to create a game, that lets players design and test brand new Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) within an interactive game center.

Published in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Motion in Games Pages 39-48 (2016). DOI: 10.1145/2994258.2994267.


Finding Ideal Materials for Carbon Capture

Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered a way to rapidly identify top candidates for carbon capture — using just 1 percent of the computational effort that was previously required.

Published in Science Advances 14 Oct 2016:Vol. 2, no. 10, e1600909.

Critical Factors Driving the High Volumetric Uptake of Methane in Cu3(btc)2

Researchers at University of California Berkeley and NIST have determined the underlying mechanistic reasons for the high methane volumetric uptake observed in the Cu3(btc)2 metal organic framework. This joint experimental and computational study highlights the importance of combining these techniques.

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 10816–10825 (2015).


Transformation of Ethane to Ethanol

A collaborative work between the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of California, Berkeley, details the mechanism of oxidation of ethane to ethanol at iron(IV)–oxo sites in magnesium-diluted Fe2(dobdc).

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 5770–5781 (2015).

Metallorganic Framework

New Material May Aid in Destruction of Chemical Weapons

A team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota have made a significant breakthrough with a new material that is robust and effective at destroying toxic nerve agents.

Published in Nature Materials 14, 512–516 (2015).


New Adsorbents May Mitigate Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley, make breakthrough discovery into cost-effective and efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Published in Nature (2015).


Researchers Identify Materials to Improve Biofuel and Petroleum Processing

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota and Rice University has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products.

Published in Nature Communications 6, 5912 (2015).

Oxidation of Ethane to Ethanol in a Metal-Organic Framework

Newly published research from the collaborative work by the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota focuses on the oxidation of ethane to ethanol in a metal-organic framework—a step toward greater energy efficiency. Read more or go to article, published in Nature Chemistry.

Published in Nature Chemistry 6, 590–595 (2014).