The research program in the Schoedel group is focused on reticular chemistry, where inorganic and organic building units are stitched together into extended frameworks by strong bonds. In particular, we are interested in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), composed of metal-oxide units (referred to as Secondary Building Units, SBUs) bound covalently by organic linkers to make architecturally stable extended structures supporting permanent porosity.
Both inorganic and organic constituents of MOFs can be varied in their shape, size, composition, geometry and branching modality. Pore sizes and shapes are amenable to design of task specific materials with e.g. ultrahigh porosity (greater than 10,000 m2 g-1 internal surface area) and pore sizes up to almost 10 nanometers. The crystallinity of MOFs has allowed for their definitive structural characterization and for pinpointing modifications at the molecular level by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. MOFs address many practical applications such as gas adsorption, selective separations, catalysis, and imaging.
Undergraduate student Garrett Sinotte has won the Donald R. Mason Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering. The award is presented anually to the outstanding senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Congratulations, Garrett!
Ryan Wheat has been awarded the Outstanding Student of the Year Award by the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Ryan!
Undergraduate student Marcello Mattei joined our group. He will be exploring highly connected Secondary Building Units to construct ultra-stable MOFs. Welcome, Marcello!
Three M.S. students, Rena Alsaiare, Reham Alahmadi, and Safia Alharbi join our group. Welcome to all of you!
Ph.D. student Moustafa Hamaad joins our group. Welcome, Moustafa!
Congratulations to Ryan Wheat, an undergraduate student in our group, who received the Martin Zung Memorial Chemistry Scholarship. The award is given to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in Chemistry with a high GPA and experience performing independent laboratory research. (more about the award)
Welcome to Sahar Rajeh from Sacred Heart University who joins our group as a Ph.D. student.
Chemical Engineering student Garrett Sinotte has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis project. Welcome, Garrett!
Chemistry student Ryan Wheat has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis. Welcome, Ryan!
Our article on Two-Step Crystal Engineering using decorated molecular building blocks has been accepted to CrystEngComm. It details that Cr3O(-COO)6 trimeric clusters can act as either trigonal prisms or octahedra and therefore spwan a huge structural diversity of nets. More here
Our review of MOFs with rod secondary building units has been published in Chem. Rev. It contains over 120 carefully examined nets and describes new ways of deconstructing and analyzing rod MOF structures. More here.
New principles of reticular chemistry were uncovered in a MOF with rod secondary building units and a heterotritopic linker. The results have recently appeared in JACS. More here.
An extensive review of MOFs with Rod Secondary Building Units has been accepted for publication in Chem. Rev.