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Abstract: With the establishment of chemistry of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and hydrogen bonded organic frameworks (HOFs) over the past three decades, MOFs and HOFs are emerging as very powerful platforms for developing multifunctional materials. In this talk, a brief history of MOF and HOF chemistry will be introduced. Then, our journey of exploring such multifunctional materials will be presented through demonstration of some representative examples of MOFs and HOFs, particularly on gas storage (hydrogen, methane, and acetylene) and gas separation and purification (acetylene/ethylene, ethylene/ethane, propylene/propane, and carbon dioxide/acetylene). The rational design reticular chemistry has enabled us to rationally tune the pores and to introduce functional sites on the pore surfaces for their specific recognition of small gas molecules, providing us the promise to address some grand energy and environmental challenges and thus to benefit our society and daily life.
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- 2. Chen, B.; Qian, G. et al. Metal-Organic Frameworks as Platforms as Multifunctional Materials, Acc. Chem. Res, 2016, 49, 483 (No. 1 most cited paper in 2016 in this journal).
- 3. Lin, R.-B.; Zhang, Z.; Chen, B., Achieving High Performance Functional Metal-Organic Framework Materials through Pore Engineering, Acc. Chem. Res., 2021, 54, 3362.
- 4. Lin, R.-B.; He, Y.; Li, P.; Wang, H.; Zhou, W.; Chen, B., Multifunctional Porous Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Framework Materials. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2019, 48, 1362-1389. DOI: 10.1039/c8cs00155c
Biography: Banglin Chen was born in Zhejiang, China. He received his BS (1985) and MS (1988) degrees in Chemistry from Zhejiang University in China, and his PhD (2000) from the National University of Singapore. He worked with Professors Omar M. Yaghi at University of Michigan, Stephen Lee at Cornell University, and Andrew W. Maverick at Louisiana State University as a postdoctoral fellow during 2000–2003 before joining the University of Texas-Pan American in 2003. He moved to the University of Texas at San Antonio in August 2009, and was promoted to be a professor in August 2011, working on multifunctional metal–organic framework and hydrogen bonded organic framework materials. He is a Fellow of American of Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2017), a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (2019) and a Foreign Fellow of European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) (2019). In 2011, Dr. Chen was ranked as the 15th Top Chemist over the past decade (2000 to 2010) based on the citation impact score by the Thomson Reuters. During 2014-2021, he was chosen annually as a highly cited researcher in Chemistry by the Clarivate Analytics. In November 2018 and October 2021, he received the Humboldt Prize and 2021 ACS Southwest Region Award, respectively.