Schoedel Laboratory

Schoedel Laboratory

About The Schoedel Laboratory

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.


Schoedel Lab News

08/29/2018
The Chemistry Program Seminars can be found under Links.

08/27/2018
Chemistry student Asmaa Al Bakri has joined our group for her undergraduate thesis. Welcome, Asmaa!

05/05/2018
Ryan Wheat has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry/Research Chemistry (summa cum laude) with a minor in Music during today's Spring Commencement (pictures). Congratulations, Ryan!
Starting in Fall 2018, Ryan will be attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a joint Ph.D. degree with Profs. Nat Rosi and Jill Millstone. We wish you all the Best!

05/05/2018

Garrett Sinotte has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (magna cum laude) with a minor in Nanoscience/Nanotechnology during today's Spring Commencement (pictures). Congratulations, Garrett and all the Best for your future endeavors! 

04/24/2018
Ryan Wheat
has successfully delivered his Senior Thesis Seminar today. (pictures) Before his talk, he has been awarded the Outstanding, Senior Organic Chemistry Student Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations, Ryan!

04/12/2018
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!

03/16/2018
Ryan Wheat
has been awarded the Outstanding Student of the Year Award by the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Ryan!

03/12/2018
Undergraduate student Marcello Mattei joined our group. He will be exploring highly connected Secondary Building Units to construct ultra-stable MOFs. Welcome, Marcello!

01/08/2018
Three M.S. students, Rena Alsaiare, Reham Alahmadi, and Safia Alharbi join our group. Welcome to all of you!

10/17/2017
Ph.D. student Moustafa Hamaad joins our group. Welcome, Moustafa!

09/26/2017
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)

08/29/2017
Welcome to Sahar Rajeh from Sacred Heart University who joins our group as a Ph.D. student.

08/18/2017
Chemical Engineering student Garrett Sinotte has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis project. Welcome, Garrett!

06/05/2017
Chemistry student Ryan Wheat has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis. Welcome, Ryan!

10/4/2016
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

09/14/2016
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.

08/12/2016
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.

08/09/2016
An extensive review of MOFs with Rod Secondary Building Units has been accepted for publication in Chem. Rev.