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March 2024

In a new paper in ACIE, Alice teaches us about capacitance in 2D MOFs and how it traces with interlayer spacing. Congrats Alice, team, and collaborators in the Vlad lab in Belgium!

January 2024

A great start to the year with Tianyang's and Harish's organic Li-ion battery paper coming out in ACS Central Science!

December 2023

We welcome three new first year students to the group: Jewel Ryu, Will Bullett, and Joe Geniesse!

November 2023

New publication alerts, from Andrei on a new MOF-based Zn-ion electrolyte, from Jules on water capture in MOFs, and collaborative works with the Brozek, Vlad, and Gumyusenge groups on conductive MOFs and sensors! Check out our Publications page for details! We also welcome Dr. Xiao Zhang to the group, who joins us after a PhD with Tom Rovis at Columbia!

August 2023

Waveguiding leads to independent red and green emission from the same pure MOF! A nice new study in JACS from Ruomeng who teaches us about the utility of MOFs in controlling exciton and photon movement.

July 2023

A project that started with a curious observation all the way back in Mircea's graduate school days, finally solved by Andrei and Xin and appearing in JACS: activation and evolution of O2 at a tetramanganese cluster in a MOF!

April 17, 2023

A new exciting direction for our lab with the first publication on organic energy storage materials: fast charging and high capacity in aqueous pseudo-capacitors, now out in Joule from Tianyang, Harish, and collaborators!

February 26, 2023

Check out our first three publications of 2023: exciting collaborations with the Johnson group at MIT on polyMOFs and with the Grutzmacher group (ETH) on phosphorus gases in MOFs, and finally a review from Jules and Andrei on gas-phase reactivity and catalysis with MOFs!

November 17, 2022

A very warm welcome to Eric, Bowen, Junyong, Zhentao, and Bowen, our five new graduate students, and our new postdoc Ai He, who is joining us from over the pond in Liverpool!

October 6, 2022

Lots of new exciting science once again for early October. Check out our publications for links to new papers on unusual exciton dynamics, out in Nature Materials, quantum sensing of Li ions, out in JACS, a new unusual 2D SBU MOF with mixed-valent Fe sites, out in Angewandte Chemie, and a new Ga-based 2D MOF, out in Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences!

September 7, 2022

Just in time for the new graduate students to whet their appetite, a flurry of exciting new papers: first, Ruomeng teaches us about intricate details of singlet exciton transfer in MOFs, now out in Chemical Science, then we (i.e. Kevin) make our first forays in purely organic materials, with the first example of a 3D crystalline polymer made by C-C bonds, out in Chem! Finally, Grigorii provides the very first conclusive evidence for metallic behavior in MOFs, with charge-density wave behavior the cherry on the top, now out in PNAS! Exciting times to be joining the Dinca lab!

August 23, 2022

A change of guard with Dr. Mike Payne defending as PhD #16 from the group, and welcoming new visitors Steven Wepfer (ETH Zurich) and Prof. Dalal Alezi (King AbdulAziz Univ)!

July 3, 2022

A foundational paper for MOF electrocatalysis, now out in ACS Central Science where Rain shows just how underestimated the activity of MOFs in ORR is, through a combination of GDE and SECCM (with Pat Unwin's lab at Warwick). Congrats Rain!

July 1, 2022

Falling behind on updates with so much personnel turnover, but huge congratulations are in order for our newest PhD graduate (#15!), Dr. Yi Qu, who is off to pursue a career in Law, after opening a new chapter in our group on 1D vdW nanowires. We also welcome new postdocs and visitors Won Ho Choi, Patrick Sarver, Young-Moo Jo, Alessandro Franceschi, and Ichiro Oya!

March 1, 2022

A warm welcome to our newest postdocs Dong-Ha Kim and Jiande Wang, who join us from KAIST and UC Louvain, respectively! They'll be strengthening our efforts in using MOFs as chemical sensors and in energy storage applications.

February 28, 2022

A great start to the year with two papers, one with our collaborators in the Coskun lab on semiconductive tetraoxocirculene polymers, and a second tour-de-force from Tianyang on structure-function relationships in 1D, 2D, and 3D conductive coordination polymers!!

November 23, 2021

MOFs showing us again how useful they can be for isolating unusual species: this time, a side-on superoxo bound to a V(III). Congrats Jules for this nice study in Inorg. Chem.!

November 15, 2021

A most warming welcome to our two newest graduate students: Alice Su and Kim Zhang!

October 15, 2021

Really excited to share a first paper in an area that is truly new for us: exploring finite-size effects in exfoliated 1D van der Waals crystals! Congrats Yi, and watch this space for more to come in this area!

October 4, 2021

Two new papers: an in-depth study from Jules detailing the influence of secondary-sphere interactions on gas interaction with open metal sites, in JACS! Harish teaches us about an unusual ion-intercalation mechanism, typically reserved for inorganic solids, now operative in non-porous coordination polymers for enhanced capacitance, out in ACIE!

Summer, 2021

Even though it looked like a sleepy summer, we've been busy with lots of exciting updates. We've learned a lot more about the exciting MOF-derived catalysts for Guerbet chemistry, with two papers from Connie and Mike. Mike also published his studies of an unusual Pd-Tp complex enabled by the original Tpm-MOF designed by Kevin, and most recently Luming has taught us about molecular models of conductive MOFs with trinuclear clusters made from HHTP. Check all these and a few collaborative papers on our publications page! Finally, but certainly not least, we said goodbye to our three newest PhDs: Kevin has joined the Coates lab at Cornell; Luming crossed the pond to join the Benatti group at MPI in Germany, and Grigorii has joined the Schoop lab at Princeton. Congrats all for really innovative theses and good luck with your postdocs!

March 19, 2021

Somewhat new things for us, but right up the alley for our former postdoc Loredana: isolation and emission studies of ultrasmall lead perovskite quantum dots that are difficult to isolate otherwise. MOFs and perovskites, 'nuff said!

February 28, 2021

Super excited to welcome our two first-year students Bhavish and Andrei. They'll both be pushing the boundaries of exploring reactivity in MOFs!

February 1, 2021

We can make non-porous things do amazing stuff too: High-capacitance pseudocapacitors from the non-porous 2D coordination polymer Ni3(BHT), freshly out in JACS. Congrats Harish, Jin-Hu and our awesome collaborators from the Michaelis and the Miller labs!

January 6, 2021

Fantastic start to the year with two new papers on how amazing small molecule chemistry can be in MOFs. First, a JACS report on the thermal cycling of an NO disproportionation catalyst, and reporting in Angew. Chem. we have exquisite mechanistic and spectroscopic analysis on the formation of an unusual monoanionic hyponitrite. Congrats Ash and Kevin!

December 8, 2020

A simple and effective method for forcing 2D conductive MOFs to grow in the ab plane, enabling in-plane Hall effect measurements of these interesting materials. Congrats DG!

November 23, 2020

Excited to share Jinhu's work of love on atomically precise 2D conductive MOFs, now out in Nature Mater. Congrats Jinhu, our many collaborators, and the great team!

October 6, 2020

A fun stay-at-home project comes to life, an interesting mini-review on aperiodicity in MOFs. Congrats Jules and Grigorii!

June 18, 2020

Fundamental work on the difference between Zr and Ce-based MOFs as catalyst supports appears in ACS Catalysis! Congrats Xin and collaborators from the Lancaster and Roman groups, as well as Exxon!

June 12, 2020

Nice first paper from Tianyang, demonstrating continuous electrical conductivity variation with mixed-metal 2D MOFs!

April 30, 2020

The best things come in pairs: two ACIE papers featuring new MOFs with TTF-mimicking ligands and fully conjugated polymers, both exhibiting interesting structural and electronic features and co-signed by Lilia!

April 15, 2020

Lilia successfully defends her awesomely productive PhD and becomes Doctor #11 from the group. Congrats Lilia and good luck in the Bediako lab at Berkeley!

March 27, 2020

A beautiful new structure from Grigorii in JACS, also describing a rare example of isotropic electrical conductivity in a MOF!

March 24, 2020

If you need a distraction from everything around, check out Lilia and Grigorii's Chem. Rev. on conductive MOFs!

March 10, 2020

A nice fundamental paper using small-angle neutron scattering to understand ion sorption in MOFs appears in ACIE and features Luming and our collaborators from Oak Ridge National Lab!

March 4, 2020

Congrats to Hoyoung, Rob, Kevin, and collaborators from Jeff Miller's group on the new publication in ACS Catal. detailing gas-phase ethylene polymerization catalysis in single-site Cr-exchanged MFU-4l!

February 2020

A bunch of new papers, starting with a Nature Mater. contribution from Harish and collaborators on understanding ion storing mechanisms in 2D MOFs with ionic liquids, followed by a couple of nice collaboration papers on TTF-based MOFs with Stephane Baudron in Chem. Commun. and with the Eddaoudi and Gascon groups at KAUST in Chem. Mater., both featuring Lilia!

January 23, 2020

Excited to share our thoughts on the possibilities of biomimetic chemistry with MOF nodes, as a perspective in Chem. Sci.!

December 6, 2019

Getting closer to understanding metallic transport in Ni-HITP with a long-term effort from Bobby Day and our fearless collaborators, the teams of Philip Kim, Nathan Gianneschi, and Chris Hendon!

November 25, 2019

New paper from Grigorii appears in Nature Chem. and describes the surprisingly high conductivity of layered lanthanide MOFs normal to the plane of the organic ligands, as well as some really short pi-stacking interactions!

November 21, 2019

A very warm welcome to Jules Oppenheim, our newest graduate student. Excited to have you onboard Jules!

October 31, 2019

Connie's paper describing a very selective catalyst for ethanol upgrading to butanol appears in JACS!

October 18, 2019

Adam's last contribution from this group appears in Nature Communications! A really fun collaboration with the Paesani group at UCSD looking at the weird structure of water inside the pores of hexagonal BTDD MOFs.

October 1, 2019

Lots of exciting news: 1) Check out our new review on what makes MOFs stable, now out in Nature Reviews Materials (hint: it's all kinetics!) 2) Amanda's paper on an unusual MnIII hydroperoxo is out in Inorganic Chemistry, and 3) A new collaborative paper with Ju Li and his group, on an amazingly simple method for passivating TMDs, out now in PNAS!

September 1, 2019

A very warm welcome to new visitors, Professor Michal Chmielewski, visiting us from Poland, and Chayanit Wechwithayakhlung, visiting us from Thailand, each for ~6 months! Chayanit is making it easy for us and prefers to be called First.

August 10, 2019

Anion exchange in BTDD MOFs leads to record-setting water sorbents and an unexpected humidity response. Latest from Adam in JACS!

August 5, 2019

Hoyoung and Amanda succesfully defend their theses and become PhDs #9 and #10 from the Dinca group. Many congrats and we will miss you both!

July 31, 2019

Lilia teaching us about π-stacking in MOFs and its relation to conductivity, fresh in Chem. Sci.!

June 12, 2019

A super sensor for ambient CO2 levels from Ivo, fresh in ACS Central Science! The best overall sensor for CO2 under ambient conditions, with potential applications in indoor air quality control. Congrats Ivo!

June 10, 2019

We can make molecules too! Proud of our first forays into (traditional) molecular chemistry with trinuclear copper complexes, the smallest building units of our 2D electrically conducting MOFs. Great contribution in JACS from Luming and Xin!

May 9, 2019

New review from Elise on ion conductivity in MOFs, a super interesting and relatively rarely explored area!

May 7, 2019

New paper on the weird chemistry of Nb in MOF-5 comes out in Chemical Science. Congrats Maciej!

April 19, 2019

Adam defends his PhD thesis and becomes doctor #8 from the Dinca group!

March 5, 2019

Towards cheaper, longer lived, and more scalable heterogeneous ethylene dimerization catalysts, a nice new contribution from Eric and Rob in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering!

February 18, 2019

Our first paper of the year comes out in JACS! Congrats Elise and Sarah for a really interesting study on MOF-based electrolytes with record Mg2+-ion conductivity!

December 13, 2018

Changing of the guard, with Elise and Maciej successfully defending their PhD's! Congrats and good luck!

November 29, 2018

Trispyrazolate-methane metalloligands in MOFs lead to catalysis and facile demetallation and remetallation: a new cool story from Kevin and the crew in JACS! Congrats for a nice first paper Kevin!

November 22, 2018

New JACS paper from Adam and Ash on a record efficiency adsorption heat pump concept using MOFs!

November 13, 2018

We welcome Ruomeng Wan as our newest group member! Ruomeng (re)joins us from Caltech, now for the long haul, after already getting to know us two summers ago!

October 24, 2018

Nice fundamental work on Nb XAS now online in Inorg. Chem. Congrats Maciej!

October 4, 2018

See Ash's awesome paper in Chem on a carbonic anhydrase mimic with a MOF!

September 1, 2018

We welcome Victoria Thompson, who joins us for one year from Imperial College!

August 24, 2018

New papers from Hoyoung on flow synthesis of succinic anhydrides with a MOF catalyst, and from Lilia on a series of new TTF-based lanthanide MOFs! Check out also the new viewpoint on selective methane oxidation co-authored with the Roman group!

July 3, 2018

New papers from Elise and Lu, on systematic ORR activity in 2D conductive MOFs, and from Lei and Chris, on the influence of solvent coordination on conductivity!

June 1, 2018

We welcome Dr. James Bour from the University of Michigan, who joins us as our newest postdoc associate!

May 28, 2018

New record electrical conductivity for a three-dimensional MOF reported by Lilia in JACS!

May 8, 2018

Maciej's paper on olefin metathesis promoted by Re sites grafted onto NU-1000 appears online in JACS!

April 29, 2018

Dr. Eric Metzger successfully defends his thesis on ethylene dimerization and becomes PhD #5 from the group!

April 24, 2018

New paper from Rob appears in Angewandte Chemie! Read here about site-isolated Vanadium catalysts for olefin polymerization!

March 15, 2018

Congrats Ash for his paper on cation exchange influencing water sorption, to appear in Chemical Science!

February 9, 2018

Another good one on the kinetics of ammonia sorption in azolate MOFs, with some insight on MOF stability, from Adam!

February 2, 2018

A good start to the year with Sarah's paper on proton conductivity in MIT-25 appearing in JACS!

December 30, 2017

Our work featured on MIT's Campaign for a Better World!

November 30, 2017

New paper from Amanda on epoxidation activity with Mn2+-substituted MOF-5 appears in ACS Catalysis!

September 29, 2017

Cool mechanistic study from Elise showing the involvement of HITP in O2 reduction with Ni3(HITP)2 comes out in ACS Catalysis!

September 14, 2017

JinHu's paper showing metallic behavior in MOFs is accepted for publication JACS!

September 6, 2017

Celebrating two new papers highlighting new directions in our group! Lei's paper in Joule showcases the ultralow thermal conductivity of Ni-HITP and its potential use in thermoelectrics, while Sarah's and Yuri's paper in JACS reports the discovery of phase-changing MOFs as useful solid-ion conductors. Congrats to all!

August 21, 2017

Mircea is awarded the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, to be celebrated with the whole group around a dedicated symposium at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans! All alumni are welcome!

August 7, 2017

New JACS paper on highly stereoselective butadiene polymerization from Romain and Rob!

August 1, 2017

We welcome Ivo Stassen, Xin He, and Qiwei Yang as the newest members of our group!

June 26, 2017

Sarah becomes PhD graduate #4! Congrats and good luck in Chad Mirkin's group at Northwestern!

June 1, 2017

New Outlook on challenges and opportunities for MOFs from Chris, Adam, and Maciej appears in ACS Central Science!

May 12, 2017

Amazing new results on fresh water capture and heat pumps from Adam coming up soon in ACS Central Science!

May 8, 2017

Mircea is officially promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! Thanks to all the current and past co-workers for their contribution to making our group an awesome place to do science and have fun while doing it!

May 6, 2017

New review on applications of MOFs for electronic sensing devices is accepted for publication in Sensors. Nicely done Mike!

April 21, 2017

Rob's paper on the selective dimerization of propylene with Ni-MFU-4l is accepted for publication in Organometallics!

April 18, 2017

Lei's paper addressing the influence of Fe on conductivity in MOFs is accepted for publication in Chemical Science!

April 12, 2017

Lei defends his PhD thesis and becomes the third graduate from our group! Congrats Lei for a fantastically productive graduate career and good luck in the Freedman group at Northwestern!

April 11, 2017

New paper with contributions from Grigorii and Lei accepted in Chemical Science on the use of Terahertz spectroscopy for the determination of zero-field splitting parameters. Congrats Grigorii, Lei, and our collaborators in the Nelson lab!

March 28, 2017

Monster collaborative paper on reversible storage of Cl2 and Br2 led by Yuri comes online in JACS!

March 13, 2017

Congrats Hoyoung for publishing his heterogeneous epoxide carbonylation catalyst in ACS Central Science!

February 27, 2017

Congrats Sarah for the new JACS paper on MIT-25, a mesoporous MOF with the new ssp topology controlled by π-stacks!

February 23, 2017

New collaborative paper with Dave Harris' group at Northwestern. Check-out the new conductive 2D magnet in JACS!

February 8, 2017

New papers: from Miller in ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. on sourcing μ4-O2- ions in MOF-5 and in Chem. Sci. from our collaboration with Ju Li's group on ferromagnetic 2D MOFs. Congrats Miller and Lei!

January 16, 2017

Check out new paper from Carl on dynamics of Fe-MOF-5 by Mössabuer spectroscopy, as well as invited opinion pieces from Elise and Maciej on MOF ORR electrocatalysis and oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, respectively!

December 13, 2016

Congrats Eric for a great mechanistic study on ethylene dimerization soon to appear in JACS!

November 7, 2016

A warm welcome to our newest graduate students, Luming Yang and Kevin Sun. We look forward to doing great science with you!

November, 2016

Welcome Ash, our newest postdoc! Ash comes to us from UW Seattle where he was a postdoc with Karen Goldberg, after getting his PhD with Trevor Hayton at UC Santa Barbara.

October 21, 2016

New paper from Lei, Sarah, and Dennis on how to measure electrical conductivity in MOFs appears in JACS!

September 1, 2016

Dennis' paper on MOF supercapacitors accepted to Nature Materials. Read it for free here!

August 1, 2016

Strengthening our postdoc ranks are Bobby Day and Jin-Hu Dou, our two new members coming from Harvard (Lieber group), and Peking University (Pei group). Welcome!

July 21, 2016

Congrats to Rob for his new JACS paper on single-site olefin polymerization catalysis in cation-exchanged MFU-4l!

July 15, 2016

Congrats to Adam and Yuri for their new JACS paper on reversible, high-capacity ammonia storage in mesoporous azolate MOFs!

May 26, 2016

Chris' paper on the electronic structure of porous Sr and Ba monocarboxylates is accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry. Congrats Chris!

May 18, 2016

Khalid's first paper, on the synthesis and characterization of electrochromic mesoporous MOF-74 analogs is accepted for publication in Chem, and is expected to be out in the second issue of the journal. Congrats Khalid!

May 05, 2016

Many thanks to the Dreyfus Foundation for naming Mircea one of the 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars!

April 26, 2016

New publication on solid state redox switching of magnetic, optical, and conductive properties in a coordination polymer, in collaboration with the Harris group at Northwestern, appears in JACS!

April 14, 2016

Mircea named the 40-th winner of the Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF's most prestigious award for scientists and engineers under the age of 35! A million thanks to the NSF and to everyone past and present in the lab!

February 16, 2016

Nicolo and Miller's paper on aspects of MOF electrodeposition, a collaboration with the Fransaer and De Vos groups, appears in J. Mater. Chem. A.!

February 10, 2016

Eric's paper describing the best heterogeneous catalyst for selective ethylene dimerization is accepted for publication in ACS Central Science!

February 3, 2016

Elise's paper on oxygen reduction electrocatalysis using a conductive MOF is accepted for publication in Nature Communications!

January, 2016

Mike receives the Infinite Kilometer Award for exemplary postdoctoral research and mentorship. Well deserved Mike!

November 24, 2015

Mircea is awarded the Dream Chemistry Award from the Polish Academy of Sciences!

November 17, 2015

A big welcome to our three new graduate students: Brian, Grigorii, and Lilia!

October 11, 2015

Mike's paper on chemiresistive sensor arrays from conductive MOFs is accepted for publication in JACS. Congrats Mike!

September 28, 2015

New review on conductive MOFs coming up in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. courtesy of Mike and Lei!

August 24, 2015

Chris Hendon joins our group as a postdoctoral scholar joined with Yogi Surendranath and Yuriy Roman. Chris comes from Aron Walsh's group at the Univ of Bath. Welcome!

July 30, 2015

Selma's paper on COFs with heavy chalcogens is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater. Congrats Selma!

July 14, 2015

Our paper on surprising dynamic binding in MOF-5 is accepted for publication in ACS Central Science! Great collaboration with the Griffin and Lopez groups!

July 13, 2015

Miller defends his PhD thesis and becomes the second PhD graduate from the group. Great work Dr. Li, and good luck at Johns Hopkins!

June 12, 2015

Carl's paper on the thermodynamics of cation metathesis in MOFs is accepted for publication in Chem. Commun.!

May 19, 2015

Carl's paper on NO disproportionation with Fe-MOF-5 is accepted for publication in JACS!

May 1, 2015

Lei's paper on the conductivity of MOF-74 analogs is accepted for publication in JACS!

April 20, 2015

Miller's paper on the mechanism of MOF-5 formation by cathodic electrodeposition is accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations Miller!

April 20, 2015

A warm welcome to our two newest postdocs: Dr. Alina Schimpf from Prof. Daniel Gamelin's lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Dr. Tsubasa Mikie from Prof. Shu Seki's lab at the University of Kyoto!

April 13, 2015

Our paper on the computed mechanism of cation exchange in MOF-5, spearheaded by the Lopez group at ICIQ, appears in Chemistry of Materials!

April 2, 2015

Carl defends his PhD thesis and becomes the first PhD graduate from the Dinca lab! Congrats Carl for a beautiful body of work and good luck in the Gamelin lab!

March 30, 2015

Elise is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

January 20, 2015

More good news for the start of the year: Mike's paper on chemiresistive sensing using Cu3(HITP)2 is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.!

January 18, 2015

2015 is off to a good start: Sarah's paper on TTF MOFs with tunable conductivity is accepted to J. Am. Chem. Soc.!

December 10, 2014

A warm welcome to Hoyoung Park, who joins our group and is co-advised by Yuriy Roman.

December 1, 2014

Mircea receives NSF Career Award, which will fund our redox activity studies at MOF nodes! Thank you NSF!

November 12, 2014

A warm welcome to our new graduate students Khalid, Lee, Elise, Adam, and Amanda!

August 13, 2014

A team of champions: team MOFia wins the MIT Chemistry summer volleyball tournament!

August 1, 2014

We welcome our newest postdoc, Dr. Rob Comito, coming from the labs of Dave MacMillan at Princeton.

June 2014

JACS publishes a spotlight on our Ni-HITP conducting MOF. Check it out here!

May 15, 2014

Our recent JACS paper is highlighted in Nature! See also coverage of our exciting results in C&E News, MIT News, EETimes, IEEE Spectrum, and a number of other science blogs!

April 21, 2014

Our exciting new results on the most conductive MOF to date (by a wide margin!) are accepted for publication in JACS! Congrats to Dennis, Lei, Carl, and our collaborators in the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard!

April 14, 2014

Our tutorial review of cation exchange at MOF nodes is accepted for publication in Chem. Soc. Rev. Good job Carl!

April 10, 2014

Eric is awarded a prestigious NDSEG scholarship. Good job!

April 10, 2014

Congrats to Sarah, Ryan, and Lei, all of whom passed their 2nd and 3rd year oral examinations!

April 1, 2014

Fantastic news from the NSF: Eric, Sarah, and Nima were all awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships! Unless the NSF abides by April Fool's, see the results here. Congrats all three for this excellent achievement!

March 20, 2014

Our first forays into understanding the mechanism of cation exchange are accepted for publication in Chem.-Eur. J. Congrats Carl, Tomo, Talia, and our collaborators in Spain!

March 11, 2014

MIT is ranked the #1 Graduate Program in Inorganic Chemistry, again topping Caltech, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, and Texas A&M, which round up the Top 5 in the US News & World report!

February 18, 2014

Mircea is awarded the Cottrell Scholar Award and the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship! Also congrats to Jeremiah Johnson and others from MIT for the Sloan!

February 17, 2014

Anthony's communication on redox non-innocent ligand behavior in MOF-74 is accepted to JACS!

February 1, 2014

The group welcomes Yuri Tulchinsky from Technion as our newest postdoctoral scholar. Welcome Yuri!

January 20, 2014

The group welcomes Michael Campbell as our newest postdoctoral scholar. Michael comes from Tobias Ritter's group at Harvard.

November 12, 2013

A big welcome to our new graduate students Eric Metzger and Maciej Korzyński!

October 16, 2013

Our paper on electrochromic MOFs appears in ACIE.

October 1, 2013

Tomo joins our lab for undergraduate research. Welcome Tomo!

September 4, 2013

A productive summer: Miller's paper on the selective electrodeposition of bilayer MOF thin films is accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congrats Miller!

August 26, 2013

New paper in JACS from Natalia describing a selective turn-on fluorescent ammonia sensing MOF! A nice example of collaborative work with Anthony and the Baldo group as well.

August 21, 2013

Congrats to Casey and Miller for their recently accepted paper in ACIE describing thin films of MOFs with remarkable electrochromic behavior!

July 31, 2013

New JACS paper from Carl, detailing the synthesis of the first V2+ and Ti3+ MOFs and redox studies of cation-substituted MOF-5!

July 9, 2013

Talia Clark, teacher at Jeremiah Burke HS in Dorchester joins us for the summer. Welcome!

July 3, 2013

Congrats to Carl and Anthony for their upcoming paper on using anomalous X-ray dispersion to study post-synthetic ion metathesis in MOFs!

June, 2013

Welcome to our visiting undergrads Raul and Melih for the summer!

MAY 19, 2013

Farewell barbeque for Anthony, Casey, and Natalia.

MAY 17, 2013

The group receives funding from the MIT Research Support Committee!

MAY 14, 2013

Lei's paper on a sulfur-based MOF-74 analogue with high charge mobility is accepted to J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congrats!

MAY 13, 2013

Congrats to Casey and Taj for their upcoming paper on water sorption in pyrazolate MOFs in Energy and Environmental Science!

MARCH 29, 2013

Mircea is awarded a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.

MARCH, 2013

Congrats to our awesome postdocs Natalia, Casey, and Anthony, who will be moving on to start new academic labs this summer at U. of South Carolina, Brandeis, and Texas Tech!

MARCH 11, 2013

Guillaume's report on thiophene-based COFs and their charge-transfer interactions appears in PNAS and is selected for the cover image. Nice job Frenchy!

MARCH 1, 2013

A big welcome to Dr. Selma Duhovic, who joins us after a PhD from UCLA, where she worked with Paula Diaconescu.

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Carl was awarded a DIC Travel Award to participate at the National ACS meeting in New Orleans. Good job and enjoy the crawfish, jazz, and good science!

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

Natalia awarded an MIT Infinite Kilometer Postdoctoral Award. Congrats!

JANUARY 15, 2013

Brian's paper on the photophysics of an NDI-based MOF, a collaboration with the Van Voorhis group, is accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. Congratulations!

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

Natalia and Anthony's paper on conformational locking and fluorescence appears in JACS. Congratulations!

NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Mircea will deliver the department seminar in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering

November 9, 2012

New graduate students Sarah Park and Ryan Palmer join the group. Welcome!

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Our conductive TTF-based MOF highlighted in Synfacts!

AUGUST 22, 2012

Mircea selected as one of TechReview's 2012 TR-35 awardees!

AUGUST 13, 2012

Natalia and Anthony's paper is accepted to JACS. Read about our work on phenyl ring dynamics in a TPE MOF!

AUGUST 2, 2012

Our newest JACS paper covered in C&E News!

JULY 25, 2012

Tarun's paper on porous MOFs with high charge mobility appears as a "Just Accepted" Communication in JACS!

JUNE 15, 2012

Eric Metzger (St. Olaf College) joins the group as a Summer MPC undergraduate intern. Welcome Eric!

APRIL 24, 2012

Tarun and Brian are both awarded DOE Graduate Student Fellowships. Well-deserved!

APRIL 24, 2012

Carl's paper and Casey's paper are both online now. Nice work!

APRIL 23, 2012

Carl, Miller, and Tarun all become PhD candidates by passing their 2nd year Oral Exams. Congratulations!

MARCH 30, 2012

Fantastic news for Miller and Brian who were awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships. Congratulations both!

MARCH 23, 2012

The lab is awarded a new MITEI Seed Award for developing water-stable MOFs.


Mircea receives MISTI funding together with Prof. Roman for developing a collaboration with Prof. Avelino Corma in Spain.

FEBRUARY 15, 2012

Casey's paper submitted to the special issue of Dalton on New Talent in the Americas. Congratulations Casey!

February 2, 2012

Rafael Rodriguez joins the lab as a visiting student from Costa Rica - he will be with us for two months, welcome!

JANUARY 30, 2012

Carl's paper on unusual coordination chemistry in MOFs is submitted. Congratulations Carl!

December 14, 2011

Our JACS paper on fluorescent MOFs is featured on the MIT home page under NEWS!

December 1, 2011

Anthony Cozzolino joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Associate, after obtaining a PhD from McMaster Univ. and a Postdoc with Kit Cummins. Welcome Anthony!

November 10, 2011

Natalia's and Brian's work on turn-on fluorescent MOFs appears in JACS!

November 10, 2011

Guillaume Bertrand joins the group as a postdoctoral fellow. Guillaume got his PhD in organic materials from Universite Marie & Pierre Curie in Paris. Welcome Guillaume!

November 8, 2011

First year graduate student Lei Sun joins the group. Lei was an undergraduate at Nanjing University. Welcome Lei!

October 18, 2011

Mircea will be the invited speaker for the MITEI Seminar Series

October 3, 2011

Natalia's and Brian's paper on turn-on fluorescence in MOFs, part of our EFRC on Solar Energy efforts, is submitted!

September 19, 2011

Mircea will present the group's research for first year graduate students! Join us to talk Chemistry and get some food (cuisine TBD - ask Miller)

Sept 6, 2011

Casey Wade joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Associate, coming from Texas A&M, where he worked with Prof. Francois Gabbai. Welcome Casey!

July 26, 2011

Miller's communication on MOF electrodeposition is accepted for publication in JACS! Congratulations Miller!

June 7, 2011

Mircea is selected for a 2011 DOE Young Investigator Award! This multi-year award will support our lab's efforts towards the synthesis of microporous electronic and ionic conductors based on metal-organic frameworks.

May 5, 2011

Miller's and the lab's first paper submitted!

April 26, 2011

Mircea gives invited talk at MIT's Center for Photonics and Excitonics, a DOE-funded EFRC.

April 1, 2011

Dr. Murat Kurtoglu joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Murat obtained a PhD in Materials Chemistry from Drexel University, where he worked with Prof. Yury Gogotsi on doped TiO2 for photocatalysis applications.

April, 2011

The lab receives seed funding from the MIT Energy Initiative for developing novel heterogeneous catalysts from MOFs - announcement

March, 2011

Mircea delivers an invited talk at the NSF Workshop on Frontier in Crystalline Matter at UC Santa Barbara.

March 15, 2011

Dr. Prashant Jain joins the group as a postdoctoral associate. Prashant worked with Prof. Harry Kroto and Prof. Tony Cheetham on MOF multiferroics.

March 1, 2011

The lab receives seed funding from the Center for Materials Science and Engineering for developing new materials for high-power rechargeable Li-ion batteries.

November 8, 2010

The group welcomes its first graduate students: Tarun, Carl, and Miller. Welcome!

October 1, 2010

Dr. Natalia Shustova joins the lab as a Posstdoctoral Associate after receiving a PhD in fullerene chemistry from Colorado State University.

Sept 1, 2010

The lab receives seed funding from the MIT Energy Initiative and BP for developing MOF-based gas separation membranes.

Sept 2010

Mircea will give a presentation for first year incoming graduate students on Sept. 23 at 6 PM in the Moore Room. Stop by to talk research, have a snack and a drink.

Sept 2010

Renovations update: move-in date set at ~ Sept 27!

May 2010

The lab receives funding from the Center for Excitonics and Photonics.

May 2010

Lab renovations in Building 6 finally underway. We will have brand new labs!

February 14, 2010

Mircea accepts a position as an Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2010.


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