Group Members

Omar Farha, PhD.

Associate Professor

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

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Peng Li, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Peng Li was born in Hunan, China. He received his B.S. (2006) and M.S. (2009) degrees from Fudan University in China, and Ph.D. (2014) from University of Texas at San Antonio under the supervision of Prof. Banglin Chen. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Farha group. His research interest is related to functional porous materials for gas storage, separations, catalysis, and enzyme immobilization.

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Timur Islamoglu, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Timur Islamoglu is a postdoctoral researcher in the Farha group and works on the rational design and synthesis of MOFs, COFs and POPs for heterogeneous catalysis and gas storage/separation. He received his B.S. in Chemistry (2008) and Mathematics (2009, double major) from Dumlupinar University and his M.Sc. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016) in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University under the supervision of Prof. Hani El-Kaderi.

 

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Zhanyong Li, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Zhanyong Li (Li) received his B.S in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Texas A&M University under the direction of Prof. Kim R. Dunbar in 2014. Thereafter, he joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interest lies in the rational design of coordination-based materials for catalysis.

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Subhadip Goswami, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Subhadip Goswami received his B.S from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math (2008) and M.S from IIT Kanpur (2010), India. He obtained his Ph.D from University of Florida (2015) under the supervision of Prof. Kirk S. Schanze. Thereafter, he joined Prof. J.T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. His research interest is related to design and synthesis of porous materials for applications in light-harvesting, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis and electrical conductivity.

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Ken-ichi Otake, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ken-ichi Otake was born in Osaka, Japan. He received his B.S. (2011), M.S. (2013) degrees and Ph.D. (2016) from Kyoto University in Japan under the supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Kitagawa. He joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral Fellow in 2016. His research interest is related to metal complexes which have interesting chemical or physical properties.

Xuan Zhang, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Xuan Zhang received his B.S. degree from Nankai University in China and Ph.D. (2016) from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. Kim Dunbar. He joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral Fellow in 2016. His research interest is related to synthesis and functionalization of porous materials for targeted catalytic applications. 

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Jian Liu, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jian Liu, from Beijing China, received his Ph.D. degree in Material Chemistry from Binghamton University – State University of New York under the supervision of Professor Wayne E. Jones, Jr. in Dec. 2015. Currently, he is working as a joint postdoctoral fellow with both Professor Hupp and Professor Farha in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. His research interest expands from photocatalysis using TiO2 fibrous materials to design and application of MOF-supported materials for electrocatalysis and heterogeneous catalysis reactions.

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Chung-Wei Kung, PhD.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chung-Wei Kung was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his B.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) from National Taiwan University (NTU), Department of Chemical Engineering. He joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a predoctoral fellow from March, 2013 to March, 2014, and rejoined as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. His research interest is related to the design of porous or nanostructural materials for various electrochemical applications, including electrocatalysis, electroanalysis, electrochromism, and energy storage.

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Yuexing Cui

Graduate Student

Yuexing Cui was born in Beijing, China. He received his B.S. (2014) from the University of Delaware. He joined Prof. Joseph Hupp and Prof. Omar Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a graduate student in 2014. His research interested is related to the functionalization of Metal-organic framework with metal oxides for heterogeneous catalysis.

Sol Ahn

Graduate Student

Sol Ahn was born in Seoul, Korea. He received his B.S. (2008) and M.S. (2010) in chemical engineering degrees from Yonsei University in Korea. After graduation, he worked at POSCO technical research lab (2010-2013) studying coal and coke. He joined Prof. Justin M. Notestein (ChemE) and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s (Chem) groups at Northwestern University as a PhD student in 2014. He is studying MOF as a catalyst support and hydrogen peroxide activation on Lewis acid sites.

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Cassandra Buru

Graduate Student

Cassandra Buru received her BS/MS in 2015 from Emory University under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Scarborough. Continuing her studies, she joined the Farha and Hupp groups in fall 2015 where she is currently a PhD candidate. Cassandra’s current research focuses on MOFs and polyoxometalate@MOF composites for catalytic chemical warfare agent simulant detoxification.

Lee Robison

Graduate Student

Lee grew up in Montana and earned their B.S. in chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO (2015). They joined Professor Farha’s Group at Northwestern University as a graduate student focused on enzyme immobilization, synthesizing novel biocompatible MOFs and in-situ formation of metal organic frameworks.

Louis Robert Redfern

Graduate Student

Louis grew up in northeastern Iowa and received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. He then moved to Evanston to begin his graduate career at Northwestern University where he joined Prof. Omar Farha’s group. His research interests include synthesis of MOFs and their applications in catalysis and separation technologies.

Yijun Liao

Graduate Student

Yijun Liao was born in Sichuan, China. She received her B.S. from Hope College (2014) under the supervision of Prof. Graham Peaslee. She joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University in 2015. Her research interest is related to porous materials for gas storage, separations, and catalysis.

 

Hyunho Noh

Graduate Student

Hyunho Noh was born in Daegu, South Korea. He received his B.S. (2014) from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University as a graduate student in 2015. His research interest is related to metal–organic frameworks as a heterogeneous support for chemical, electrochemical, and photochemical catalysis.

 

Yijing Chen

Graduate Student

Yijing Chen was born in Beijing, China. She received her B.S. (2016) from Tianjin University in China. She joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s groups at Northwestern University in 2016. Her research interest is using metal-organic framework for enzyme encapsulation and drug delivery.

Riki Drout

Graduate Student

Riki earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. While at CWRU, she studied the polymerization of silyl ketenes under Prof. Emily Pentzer and also completed two summer internships with Procter & Gamble. Riki joined the Farha group in November 2016 and currently uses porous crystalline materials for water remediation. She is also dedicated to improving undergraduate chemistry education.

Xinyi Gong

Graduate Student

Xinyi Gong was born in Shandong, China. She received her B.S. degree (2017) from Peking University in China under the supervision of Prof. Yuguo Ma. She became a joint student with Prof. Omar Farha and Prof. Nathan Gianneschi in Northwestern University in 2017. Her research interest is related to synthesis of metal organic frameworks and TEM characterization.

Timothy Goetjen

Graduate Student

Timothy (Tim) Goetjen grew up in New Jersey and received a B.A. (2017) in both Chemistry and Computer Science from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  He conducted undergraduate research on electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction under the supervision of Prof. G. Charles Dismukes.  He joined Prof. Omar K. Farha and Prof. Joseph T. Hupp’s groups at Northwestern University as a graduate student in Fall 2017.  His research interests include energy conversion and storage as well as catalytic applications of MOFs.

Kenton Hicks

Graduate Student

Kenton Hicks was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.A. (2017) in Biochemistry and French from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He then came to Northwestern to pursue his chemistry PhD, where he joined Professor Omar Farha’s group and Professor Justin Notestein’s group (2017). His research interest is related to MOFs and Catalysis.

Megan Wasson

Graduate Student

Megan Wasson was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her B.S. degree in 2017 from Duquesne University and performed research under Prof. Tomislav Pintauer. She joined Prof. Omar K. Farha’s Group at Northwestern University as a graduate student in Fall 2017. Her research interests are related to the design and synthesis of metal organic frameworks. 

Sylvia Hanna

Graduate Student

Sylvia Hanna was born in Salem, Oregon and grew up in South Jersey. She received her B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Materials Science from Rowan University (May 2017) where she worked in Professor Timothy D. Vaden’s laboratory. She joined Professor Omar Farha’s laboratory at Northwestern University (November 2017) as a graduate student. She is interested in designing metal-organic frameworks and understanding new topologies. 

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Rodrigo Maldonado

Graduate Student

Rodrigo Maldonado was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Brownsville, Texas. He received his B.S. in Chemistry (2017) from Rice University where he studied the detection of amyloid-β using ruthenium (II) complexes under Dr. Ángel Martí. He joined Dr. Joseph T. Hupp’s and Dr. Omar K. Farha’s groups in 2017 and will be studying chemical separation using MOFs.

 

 

Lin Zhang

Visiting Scholar

Lin Zhang was born in JiangSu, China. He received his B.S. (2013) degree from Nanjing Tech University in China, and now is a Ph.D. student at Nanjing Tech University under the supervision of Prof. Qun Cui. He joined Prof. Joseph T. Hupp and Prof. Omar K. Farha’s Group in Northwestern University as a Visiting Graduate student in February 2017. His research interest is related to functional porous materials for gas storage, separations, and bio-medical imaging.

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Isil Akpinar

Visiting Scholar

Isil was born in Turkey. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London, UK. She joined Prof Omar K. Farha’s group as a visiting scholar at Northwestern University in September 2017. Her current research focuses on using metal-organic frameworks for water purification applications. 

 

 

Satoshi Kato

Visiting Scholar

Satoshi Kato was born and grew in Japan. He completed his B.Sc. in 2009 and his M.Sc. in 2011 at Tohoku university, where he had studied organometallic chemistry and material chemistry under the supervisions of Prof. H. Tobita and H. Oikawa. He then joined Asahi Kasei Corporation and has worked on several projects for developing new materials. Satoshi started his research in the Prof. Omar K. Farha’s group in Northwestern University as a visiting researcher in September 2017.

Jiafei Lyu

Visiting Scholar

Jiafei Lyu was born in Tianjin, China. She received her B.S. (2014) degree from Tianjin University in China, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Tianjin University under the supervision of Prof. Peng Bai and Prof. Xianghai Guo. She joins Prof. Omar K. Farha’s group at Northwestern University as a visiting Ph.D. student from September 2017 to March 2019. Her research interest is related to synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

Jie Wu

Visiting Scholar

Jie Wu was born in Henan province, China. He received his Ph.D. (2007) from Zhengzhou University under the supervision of Prof. Hongwei Hou. Following post-doctoral experience in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at Zhengzhou University, he became a professor at Zhengzhou University in 2016. He joined Prof. Omar K. Farha’s group at Northwestern University as a visiting scholar in 2017. His research interest focuses on the development of porous metal-organic framework materials for heterogeneously catalytic application.

Xingjie Wang

Visiting Scholar

Xingjie Wang was born in Hainan, China. He received his B.S. (2015) degrees from South China University of Technology and is working towards his PhD in chemical engineering under the supervision of Prof. Zhong Li. He joined Prof. Omar K. Farha’s group at Northwestern University as a two-year visiting scholar in 2017. His research interest is related to synthesize of MOFs for gas storage, separations and catalysis.

Yuanyuan Zhang

Visiting Scholar

Yuanyuan Zhang was born in Henan, China. She received her B.S. degree (2013) from Tianjin Normal University, and currently she is a Ph. D student under the supervision of Prof. Bo Wang in Beijing Institute of Technology. She joined Prof. Omar K. Farha’s group at Northwestern University as a visiting Ph.D. student in 2017. Her research interest focuses on the crystalline porous materials for gas storage, separations, catalysis, and pollutants removal.

Shinya Moribe

Visiting Scholar

Shinya Moribe was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He received his Ph.D. (2005) from Kyushu University. He joined Tohoku University as a postdoctoral Fellow since 2005 and then joined Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc. since 2007. He joined Prof. Omar K. Farha’s Group in Northwestern University as a visiting scholar since 2017. His research interest is related to the synthesis and application of metal organic frameworks.

Johannes Walther Max Osterrieth

Visiting Scholar

Johannes was born and raised in Germany before moving to the UK at the age of 16. After finishing school, he matriculated at Oxford University where read for an MChem in Chemistry. For his Masters’ research, he worked under the supervision of Prof Harry Anderson FRS on photoswitchable dyes for super-resolution microscopy. In 2016, Johannes moved to Cambridge, where he joined the EPSRC Nanotechnology Doctoral Training Centre. Currently, he is working in the Adsorption & Advanced Materials Group under Dr David Fairen-Jimenez on drug delivery using metal-organic frameworks.