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Hupp/Farha Group Meeting Canceled 9/28/17

In honor of the IIN recetion, tonight's group meeting will be canceled. We encourage all first years interested in attending to please see us next week for our open house! Details below.

Hupp & Farha Group Open House

The Hupp and Farha group will combine their open house session. Please visit us in Ryan 1004 on October 5th, 2017 at 4:00pm to learn more about these groups.

Omar K. Farha Announced as Associate Professor, Launches Independent Research Group

After nearly ten years at Northwestern, including eight as the co-leader of our research group,  Prof. Omar Farha is launching and leading a fully independent research group. Be on the lookout for outstanding research from Northwestern’s newest chemistry group, especially in the areas of actinide-based MOF chemistry, hybrid enzyme/materials chemistry, materials-based catalytic chemistry, and, no doubt, new boron chemistry. Congratulations Omar and thanks for your many years of leadership over here.

Hupp Group Member Named Ryan Graduate Fellow

Congratulations to Hyunho Noh on being named a Ryan Graduate Fellow. For a description of this prestigious three-year fellowship, which Hyun is receiving in recognition of outstanding nanoscience-related research in his first year here at Northwestern, see: http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/funding/fellowships-and-grants/internal-fellowships/ryan-fellowship.html

Groundbreaking work on actinide MOF chemistry (ultraporous uranium-organic crystals) by Peng Li, Nic Vermeulen, Christos Malliakas, Ashlee Howarth, and Prof. Farha published in Science

Work by the Northwestern team was supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The team’s collaborators and coauthors were Prof. Diego Gómez-Gualdrón (Colorado School of Mines), Prof. Michael O’Keeffe (Arizona State), and Dr. Layla Mehdi, Dr. Alice Dohnolkova, and Prof. Nigel Browning (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Read about the chemistry here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2017/04/19/science.aam7851

Read Chemical & Engineering News’ explication of the work here: http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i17/Lowest-density-MOF-date.html

The Patriot Chemist

Northwestern University’s Omar Farha, who hails from the West Bank, is all about MOFs and keeping America’s scientific community inclusive: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/the-patriotic-chemist/1017604.article

Congratulations to Sir Fraser Stoddart from the Hupp Group

Congratulations to our Chemistry Department colleague, Sir Fraser Stoddart on being recognized with the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the mechanical bond and his demonstration of the concept of molecular machines! Here is a link to a short youtube video that nicely describes his contributions and those of co-Nobelists Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Ben Feringa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vELfuiUpKM0

Prof. Farha to Receive Young Investigator Award in Separation Science

Prof. Omar Farha has been named the 2016 winner of the Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. The award is sponsored by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. It will be presented at an award symposium at Pittcon in early March, 2017. The award recognizes Omar’s outstanding scientific contributions in the area of chemical separations based on metal-organic framework materials. His work in this area has been primarily by the Basic Energy Scineces Office of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Fellowships Awarded to Graduate Students Timothy Wang, Rebecca Hansen Palmer, and Matt Destefano

Tim has been named the winner of the Air Products Graduate Fellowship and is currently completing a summer research internship there. Rebecca will start a three-year NSF Predoctoral Graduate Fellowship in Septemeber. Matt will start a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship in September.

Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Ashlee Howarth

Ashlee has been named by the Canada’s National Science and Engineering Research Council the winner of an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her research here at Northwestern. 

Prof. Farha named to the editorial team of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Omar has been named an Associate Editor for the journal ACS Applied Materials & interfaces. Founded in 2009, ACS-AMI is among the American Chemical Society's fastest growing journals, both in terms of articles published and in terms of measured scientific impact. The journal's website states that it focuses on "how newly-discovered materials and interfacial processes can be developed and used for specific applications." Omar continues as an Associate Editor for "Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization."

Prof. Farha named"Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer"
Omar will present the Kavli Emerging Leader Lecture in Chemistry at the Fall (August, 2016) ACS National Meeting in Philidelphia.

Dr. Hod receives ACS 2015 PHYS Division Postdoctoral Research Award
Dr. Idan Hod is one of four recipients of this year's ACS Physical Chemistry Division Postdoctoral Research Award. The four winners have been invited to speak about their research at the Fall 2015 national ACS meeting in Boston this August. Read More

Professor Farha receives RSC Early Career Award
Research Professor Omar Farha is the 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry Early Career Award Winner in the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division for seminal contributions to the development of catalysis, storage and separations by metal-organic frameworks. Read More

Dr. Monica So to Begin as Assistant Prof. at Chico State this Summer
Monica So successfully defended her thesis in April and beginning this July she will be the newest chemistry Assistant Professor at California State University Chico. Read about her new appointment here.

Research team Lead By Professor Farha synthesized and tested a Catalyst capable of Destroying Common Toxic Nerve Agents Quickly
Material could be used one day to destroy stockpiles of deadly chemical weapons.
Read the Fox News Article
Read the Northwestern News Story
Read the Science Article
Read the Nature Materials Journal Article

Prof. Farha to give 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA
Research Professor Omar Farha will give the 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA on April 1st, 2015. The title of the Lecture is "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)." UCLA Event Page

Prof. Farha to give Talk at the Meeting for the Chicago Sections of the American Chemical Society & American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Prof. Farha will give the keynote talk e titled, "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)" Friday, January 23rd. Poster session to begin at 5PM. Meeting Flyer

Hupp Group Featured in C&EN
Profs. Joseph Hupp and Omar Farha were featured in an C&EN article about "Additional Advances In CO2 Fixation." Read the Article

Monica So Wins MOF 2014 Poster prize
As part of the MOF2014 Conference in Kobe, Japan Monica was one of presenters to receive a Poster Award supported by Micromeritics Co. Congrats Monica! Read more about the meeting

Aaron Peters Wins the PLU Teaching Award for 2013-14
Aaron is one of two 100-Level teaching assistants chosen by the Northwestern Alpha Gamma Chapter of PLU to receive the annual "L. Carroll King Award for Excellence." Congrats Aaron! Read More about the award

Dana Cao Wins 1st Prize for Perovskite Solar Cells poster at HOPV14
Graduate student Dana Cao won 1st prize for the Perovskite Solar Cells poster at the 2014 Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Congrats Dana! Read more about the meeting

Monica So Wins 2014 CNM Best Student Poster prize
As part of the APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting at Argonne National Lab Monica was one of six presenters to be awarded the prize for her exceptional poster. Congrats Monica! Read more about the meeting

Aaron Peters awarded 2014 NDSEG Fellowship
First-year graduate student Aaron Peters has been awarded a prestigious a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The fellowship will enable Aaron to pursue innovative research in the design, synthesis, and evaluation of new kinds of catalysts for conversion of solar energy to "solar fuels". Learn more about NDSEG

Prof. Farha to Speak at the 2014 Northwestern Climate Change Symposium
Prof. Omar Farha will be one of several speakers at the 4th annual Northwestern Climate Change Symposium, presented by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the  Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). The Symposium with take place on May 16th. Learn more

Dr. Beyzavi Wins Prestigious DFG Fellowship
Dr. Hassan Beyzavi was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) based on his postdoctoral research proposal titled, “Epitaxially Grown Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Preparation, and Application as Multi-Component Films in Tandem Catalysis.” Learn More about the DFG

InNUvative Award Winner: Timothy Wang
Second Year Graduate Student Timothy Wang has won the inaugural H&F InNUvative Chemistry Grant competition. He will be able to make use of $10000 in group founds to investigate a creative project that could feasibly be carried out over the course of one year. Read More

NuMat on a Roll with Big Win at the Rice Business Plan Competition
NuMat Technologies adds to their impressive list of wins with a victory over five other teams at the Department of Energy's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. DOE Press Release

NuMat on a Roll with Big Win at the Rice Business Plan Competition
The start-up won the Society Investment Prize, the OWL Investment Prize, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & ByersPrize for Clean Tech Innovation, and the Opportunity Houston - Best Technology Investment Prize. All told, they came away with $750,000, more than any single team in the competition's history. NewStory Article

NuMat Wins State and Regional Competition
Research Professor Omar Farha and students from Chem & Bio Engineering, Kellogg, and NU Law took the top prize in both the Illinois and Midwest Clean Tech Student Challenge with their startup, NuMat Technologies. They now move on to the national competition. See their winning entery Here. Medill Article

Nature Communications Featured Image
"Metal-adeninate vertices for the construction of an exceptionally porous metal-organic framework" was recently published as a Featured Image in the on-line journal Nature Communications. Read the Article.

More Promising Natural Gas Storage?
Now featured on the February cover of Nature Chemistry! With the help of Randy Snurr, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the group has developed a new method that removes discovery bottleneck by identifying materials (MOFs) with promise. Read the Northwestern Newscenter Story, then Read the Nature Article.

Prof. Farha Receives University Safety Award
Omar Farha Receives the University's 2011 Safety Award from President Schapiro. Read his story in the Northwestern Research Newsletter.

The Search for the ANSER
Watch the Big Ten Network feature on YouTube. You may see a Huppster or two.