One of Chemistry’s three distinguished lectures, the 3M Distinguished Lecture has brought world leaders in their discipline to Western since 1962, and this year we are delighted to welcome Professor Omar Yaghi.
Lecture 1 Monday October 21, 2019, 3:30 pm, BGS 0165
Lecture 2 Tuesday October 22, 2019, 10:00 am, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre (VAC)
The description of Professor Yaghi’s research from his website: In the Yaghi group we are building chemical structures by stitching molecules together into large and extended frameworks within which we can store hydrogen, methane, and separate carbon dioxide. The interior of the crystals is capable of compacting gases under ambient conditions thus foregoing the use of high pressures and low temperatures. In this movie, crystals of metal-organic framework-5 (MOF-5, numbered in roughly chronological order of discovery) are made and their structure is precisely designed to have zinc oxide units linked by organic struts (terephthalate) to make a porous network into which voluminous gases can be compacted and transported. This large open space is currently being used for positioning of organic and organometallic catalysts, charge storage for supercapacitors and binding of biological molecules such as proteins and metabolites. The movie was made by our industry partner BASF (Germany).