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(Dec. 16) Metal-Organic Frameworks as a New Platform for Small Molecule Activation

Last updated :2019-12-09

Topic: Metal-Organic Frameworks as a New Platform for Small Molecule Activation
Speaker: Professor Shengqian Ma
(University of South Florida)
Host: Professor SU Chengyong
Time: 10:30-11:30, Monday, December 16, 2019
Venue: A403, Fulan Academic Center, Fong Shing Hall, Guangzhou South Campus, SYSU

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) represent a new class of materials, and one of their striking features lies in the tunable, designable, and functionalizable nanospace. The nanospace within MOFs allows designed incorporation of different functionalities for targeted applications, such as gas storage/separation, sensing, drug delivery; and it has also provided plenty of opportunities for heterogeneous catalysis application. We will discuss the systematic development of MOFs as a new platform for small molecule activation including CO2 chemical transformations and H2 activation.

About the speaker:
Shengqian Ma obtained his B.S. degree from Jilin University, China in 2003, and graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a Ph.D. degree in 2008. After finishing two-year Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory, he joined the Department of Chemistry at University of South Florida (USF) as an Assistant Professor in August 2010. He was promoted to an Associate Professor with early tenure in 2015 and to a Full Professor in 2018.

He received the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award in 2015 and the USF Outstanding Faculty Award in 2018. He is the recipient of 2014 NSF CAREER Award and has been selected as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; he was also awarded the IUPAC-2015 Young Chemist Travel Award and the 2009 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists from International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); he received the Young Investigator Award from American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry and the Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from Argonne National Laboratory in 2008 as well.

His current research interest focuses on the development of functional porous materials including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), porous organic polymers (POPs), and microporous carbon materials for energy, biological, environmental-related applications. He has published more than 200 papers (over 160 since independent career) with the total citations over 20000 and the H-index of 70.