About Professor Farha

Contact Info:
International Institute for Nanotechnology
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Email: o-farha@northwestern.edu | omarkfarha@gmail.com
Cell: 310-968-0731    Office: 847-467-4934

Current research focuses on:
Prof. Farha’s research seeks to solve exciting problems in chemistry and materials science ranging from energy and environment related applications to challenges in national defense by employing atomically precise functional materials.  By exploiting the modular nature of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs), we work to fundamentally understand the role of three-dimensional architecture in modifying a material’s function for applications in gas storage and separation, catalysis, water remediation and detoxification of chemical warfare agent simulants.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry – UCLA, 2006
    Dissertation of the Year
  • B.S. in Chemistry – UCLA, 2002
    University of California Highest Honors (Summa cum laude)
    Departmental Highest Honors in Chemistry
  • A.A. in Chemistry – Fullerton College,1999
    Highest Honors

Experience:

2017-Present     Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

2016-Present     Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2013-Present      President
NuMat Technologies, Inc

2014-2017         Distinguished Adjunct Professor
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2013-2017      Research Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

2012-2013          Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
NuMat Technologies, Inc

2011-2013           Research Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

2009-2011           Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

2007-2008           Postdoctoral Fellow – Research in Porous Materials
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University