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2018


 

July 2018

When Less Is More: Researchers achieve single- or few-atom metal clusters that act as more stable catalysts – “’The more, the merrier’ is true for most occasions, but for catalysts, sometimes having less — or even being single — could be more beneficial.” Farha Group research was featured in the Frontiers in Energy Newsletter. The story was also tweeted by the DOE Science account. read more

 

July 2018

Farha Paper Among Top Downloaded Articles in Chemistry of Materials – The paper, “Best Practices for the Synthesis, Activation, and Characterization of Metal–Organic Frameworks” is listed as one of the top 20 most downloaded papers in the previous 12 months from among more than 1,000 published papers. read more

June 2018

Uncovering a Missing Link from Methane to Methanol (Argonne National Laboratory News) – Microscopic crystalline structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) may provide a way to solve one of the biggest problems in methane functionalization catalysis, an economically important chemical process. A team led by Delferro and Omar Farha, associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, has demonstrated a new way to activate methane with MOFs, as a result of their joint efforts in the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, a DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center. They and seven co-authors recently published their method in Nature Catalysis. read more

Also reported at Chemistry News, Phys.Org

June 2018

How NuMat is Engineering the Building Blocks of the Future, One Molecule at a Time – Bryan Johnson, noted venture capitalist and entrepreneur, wrote an article for Medium about the science of MOFs and their potential applications. Providing an overview of the science behind MOFs as well as the range of applications for their use, the article examines how MOFs could be used to address a wide range of contemporary issues. read more

June 2018

Omar Farha, Liam Palmer, Peter Stair

Dr. Liam Palmer Presented Omar K. Farha Award for Research Leadership – In 2011, Northwestern University Department of Chemistry established the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership, which is “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry.” This award is given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. This year’s recipient is Dr. Liam C. Palmer, Research Associate Professor in the Stupp Group and Director of Research at the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology.

June 2018

Two Farha Papers Among Most Downloaded Coordination Chemistry Reviews Papers in Last 90 Days – The papers, titled “Metal-organic frameworks for heavy metal removal from water” and “Catalytic degradation of chemical warfare agents and their simulants by metal-organic frameworks” appears on the list of most downloaded articles for the last 90 days for the journal Coordination Chemistry Reviews. see full list

May 2018

Farha Paper Among Most Downloaded ChemComm Papers in 2017  – The paper, titled “From 2-methylimidazole to 1,2,3-triazole: a topological transformation of ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 by post-synthetic modification,” appears on the list of “Most downloaded articles of 2017: Organic and Biological Chemistry” for the journal Chemical Communications. see full list

April 2018

Farha Elected to Malta Conferences Foundation Board of Directors – The Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF), an independent nonprofit, proposes to use science as a bridge to peace in the Middle East. The Foundation hosts biennial conferences, bringing together scientists, academic leaders and government officials from throughout the Middle East and around the world to collaborate on pressing scientific issues. read more

April 2018

Patagonia, Braintree Founder Back $12.4M Round for NuMat Technologies – NuMat Technologies, a Skokie-based advanced materials startup co-founded by Omar Farha, raised a new round of funding to expand its product offerings to Europe and East Asia. The startup raised $12.4 million in a round led by OS Fund, a New York-based VC firm founded by Braintree Founder Bryan Johnson. Other participating investors include Osage University Partners and Tin Shed Ventures, Patagonia’s investment arm, which invests in startups offering solutions to the environmental crisis. read more
Also reported in Business Wire
Also reported in Chemical & Engineering News
Also reported by Institute for Sustainability and Energy (NU)

April 2018

Farha Gives Invited Tutorial at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting – Omar delivered the NM-04 tutorial at the spring meeting on the Materials Research Society on Monday, April 2 in Phoenix, Arizona. Omar’s presentation, “Understanding Porosity and Catalytic Properties of Porous Materials and Nanocomposites,” was attended by approximately 80 people. His was one of 14 tutorial sessions offered to complement the symposium sessions. read more

April 2018

Farha Paper a Top Chemistry of Materials Download in March – The paper “Room Temperature Synthesis of an 8-Connected Zr-Based Metal–Organic Framework for Top-Down Nanoparticle Encapsulation,” published March 14, 2018, was of the top downloaded papers on the journal’s website for the month of March. The paper is a product of the Farha and Hupp research groups. see the full list

April 2018

Congratulations to Louis Redfern for receiving the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research award! The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Louis will travel to Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL) regularly to conduct research for the next year. Louis will work with Dr. Karena Chapman, a chemist in Argonne’s X-ray Science Division while continuing to be advised by Professor Farha. read more

February 2018

 Farha Interviewed on First Episode of C&EN Podcast, “Stereo Chemistry” – Metal-organic frameworks are so hot right now, and we wanted to know why. In our very first full-episode of Stereo Chemistry, we talk to Omar Yaghi, who recently earned a share of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for his MOF work; Omar Farha, who helped build a company around MOFs; and other chemists not named Omar to better understand these materials. Subscribe to Stereo Chemistry now on iTunesGoogle Play, or TuneInread more

February 2018

Farha Startup Featured in gasworld Magazine The electronics industry is entering a new period of clarity and confidence, gasworld understands, as it converges with conviction on the technology roadmaps of its future. Like most other industries, however, the electronics sector is still under significant pressure to address increased process complexity, performance, and regulatory requirements. read more (subscription required to view online, PDF of article attached here) 

January 2018

Farha Paper Among Top 20 Downloads in 2017, Chemistry of Materials – Chemistry of Materials is devoted to the publication of original contributions on forefront, fundamental research at the interface of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. Both theoretical and experimental studies which focus on the preparation or understanding of materials with unusual or useful properties are relevant. The 2016 paper titled “Best Practices for the Synthesis, Activation, and Characterization of Metal-Organic Frameworks” (Howarth, A. J.; Peters, A. W.; Vermeulen, N. A.; Wang, T. C.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K.) is among the 20 most downloaded articles from the journal in 2017.

2017


 

November 2017

 Farha named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow – American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded the distinction of Fellow to 396 of its members in 2017 in recognition of their contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership and extraordinary achievements across disciplines. read more

November 2017

Peters, Howarth, and Farha Publish Comment in Nature – Chemists should thrash out discrepancies in modelling, synthesizing and applying porous materials, urge Aaron W. Peters, Ashlee J. Howarth and Omar K. Farha. read more

November 2017

Farha Named “Highly Cited Researcher” – This award recognizes the top 1% most cited researchers, identifying scientists and academic researchers with exceptional impact. Highly Cited Researchers from Clarivate Analytics is an annual list recognizing leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. The final new list contains about 3,400 Highly Cited Researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences.  read more

November 2017

Former Farha Group Postdoc, Ashlee Howarth, Named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list in Science – Howarth creates new materials that can clean up wastewater generated from coal and nuclear power plants. She also develops materials that can detoxify mustard gas, with an aim to decontaminating military equipment and eliminating stockpiles worldwide. She’s currently patenting the process based on her discoveries.read more

August 2017

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science: “Creating a Molecular Super-Sponge, From the Ground Up” – A new uranium-based metal-organic framework, NU-1301, could aid energy producers and industry. Mother Nature does it every day, but building complex materials from the bottom-up using only simple building blocks is incredibly difficult in the lab. Now, scientists created a structurally complex material using just two types of building blocks. Known as a metal-organic framework (MOF), the new porous. or cage-filled, superstructure called NU-1301 is quite large, with the largest unit cell of any non-biological material. In addition, it is the lowest density MOF reported to date. The low density means the MOF is a highly porous material, like a super sponge, which is great for storage applications including, but not limited to, storage of nuclear waste. read more

April 2017

 Farha One of Nine Speakers at TEDx Northwestern – The theme of the event was “The Power of Intention” TEDxNorthwesternU 2017: The Power of Intention encapsulates how intention is a powerful source of creativity and the fuel to manifesting one’s goals and passions at Northwestern and around the world. Explore what it means to act willfully and passionately, what people attribute meaning to and how intent can transform dreams into a tangible reality. read more

March 2017

Farha Recognized with The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science – The Pittcon Program Committee is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of 15 prestigious awards honoring scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. Each award was  presented in a scheduled symposium during Pittcon, a leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, March 5-9, Chicago, Illinois, McCormick Place West Hall. read more

January 2017

Chemical & Engineering News: “Boron nitride catalyzes olefin hydrogenations” – For the second time in about a month, researchers report that boron nitride, which ranks as a well-known catalyst support, but not as a catalyst, catalyzes industrially important reactions. This time it’s olefin hydrogenation, a reaction used for making fuels and chemicals and for processing foods. The advance may lead to lower-cost, metal-free industrial hydrogenation catalysts. read more

 

January 2017

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science: “Keep ‘Em Separated” – The metal-organic framework NU-1000 allows separation of toxic furanics from sugars, which is necessary for efficient ethanol production. In creating fuels from the woody materials of plants – the most abundant source of biomass on earth – scientists must separate the desirable sugars from byproduct chemicals including toxins. A team from the University of California at Berkeley, Northwestern University, and Hokkaido University discovered a honeycomb-like structure called NU-1000 that selectively adsorbs toxic furanics, while completely excluding desirable sugars from the same watery mixture. The NU-1000 even works when the sugar is present in several-hundred-fold excess. read more 

Also reported at Phys.org: “Metal-organic framework NU-1000 allows separation of toxic furanics from sugars for efficient ethanol production.”

 

2016


November 2016

Farha Named “Highly Cited Researcher” – The Highly Cited Researchers website names more than 3,000 researchers with global influence and impact. The list is based on publication and citation figures drawn from Essential Science IndicatorsSM (ESI), a component of the Web of Science™. Among its assorted features and metrics, ESI tracks papers published in the last decade that by citations rank in the top 1% for their respective years of publication in each of 22 main subject fields. These are designated “Highly Cited Papers,” More than 128,000 were identified for the years 2004 to 2014. read more

 

October 2016

Homeland Security News Wire: “A nerve agent antidote taken before a chemical weapons attack” – Nerve agents are molecular weapons that invade the body and sabotage part of the nervous system, causing horrific symptoms and sometimes death within minutes. Few antidotes exist, and those that do must be administered soon after an attack. Now, scientists are in early-stage development of a potential treatment that soldiers or others could take before such agents are unleashed. read more

 

October 2016

Chemical & Engineering News: “10 Start-Ups to Watch” – Compressing, storing, and handling gases is so commonplace in industry, by some measures it accounts for 10% of the global energy draw. Yet today’s cylinders are by and large processed, filled, and used much the same as cylinders from earlier generations. A small group of entrepreneurs in a Chicago-area start-up thinks it’s time for a change. NuMat Technologies is betting that modifying the interiors of cylinders and other gas equipment with custom-made nanomaterials known as metal-organic framework compounds, or MOFs, can significantly improve the way gases are stored, separated, and purified. The company’s goal is to offer a safer and less energy-intensive way of handling gases. read more

October 2016

news-2016mNanowerk News: “A nerve agent antidote that could be taken before an attack.” – Nerve agents are molecular weapons that invade the body and sabotage part of the nervous system, causing horrific symptoms and sometimes death within minutes. Few antidotes exist, and those that do must be administered soon after an attack. But now scientists report in the journal ACS Nano (“Nanosizing a Metal–Organic Framework Enzyme Carrier for Accelerating Nerve Agent Hydrolysis”) an early-stage development of a potential treatment that soldiers or others could take before such agents are unleashed. read more

Also reported in EurekAlert!: “A nerve agent antidote that could be taken before an attack.”

Also reported in Phys.org: “A nerve agent antidote that could be taken before an attack.”

October 2016

Cosmos Magazine: “Nerve agent antidote ‘vaccine’ may one day protect against attacks.” – Sarin and similar weapons of mass destruction cause horrific symptoms and death, sometimes within minutes. Can an injection prevent these effects? Belinda Smith reports. Researchers in the US, China and Saudi Arabia developed a vehicle that stabilises as otherwise short-lived nerve agent antidote so it can neutralise the effects of the chemicals. The stabiliser – which is a zirconium metal-organic framework, or MOF – was published in ACS Nano. read more

October 2016

Nature Chemistry: “MOFs Move to Market” – Omar Farha (Chief Science Officer & technical founder) and Ben Hernandez (Chief Executive Officer) of NuMat Technologies, talk to Nature Chemistry about the release of one of the first MOF-based commercial products and the challenges the journey posed. read more

October 2016

Chemistry World: “MOFs offer safer toxic gas storage” – US energy technology start-up NuMat has launched one of the first products to make use of metal–organic frameworks (MOF). The firm’s ION-X gas storage cylinders use MOFs to store hazardous gases used in the electronics industry much more safely than conventional pressurised cylinders. ION-X is based on a proprietary set of MOF adsorbents developed by NuMat specifically for gases such as arsine, phosphine and boron trifluoride used in the electronics industry. The new cylinders are already being shipped to customers around the world, who are testing them in electronics manufacturing. read more

 

October 2016 

Chemistry World: “MOF menagerie fuels search for hydrogen storage solution” – In a quest to improve gas storage in hydrogen powered vehicles, researchers in the United States and Saudi Arabia have computationally assessed more than 13,000 metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for their ability to absorb hydrogen at low temperatures. This way, the team found two materials that in experiments turned out to store more hydrogen per volume than is possible by simply compressing the gas. read more

 

October 2016

Nature Energy: “Hydrogen storage: Cold feat” – Improving on-board hydrogen storage technologies is one of the main challenges associated with the continued development of fuel cell vehicles. Although present technology uses compressed hydrogen gas (CHG) at 700 bar and ambient temperature, using porous materials to cryo-adsorb hydrogen at lower pressures is being explored. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising candidates, but materials with higher volumetric and gravimetric capacity would be preferable. Now, Taner Yildirim, Omar Farha, Jian Zhang, Randall Snurr and colleagues across the US predict that deliverable hydrogen capacities of 57 g L−1 for MOFs should be possible using cryogenic operating conditions, surpassing the value of 37 g L−1 realized in current technology. read more

October 2016

Chemistry World: “The Patriotic Chemist” – When he was growing up in the West Bank in Palestine, Omar Farha wanted to be a pilot, maybe even fly a fighter jet, but his second choice was a chemist. He came to the US right after high school, in the 1990s, and took off down that latter career path after earning his undergraduate and PhD degrees in chemistry in the US. Farha gives the US a lot of the credit for his success, and wants to ensure that other immigrants have the same opportunities. read more

 

September 2016

Business Wire: “NuMat Technologies, Linde Form Global Partnership to Advance Use of Metal-Organic Frameworks in Gas Separation and Delivery.” – NuMat Technologies, a pioneer in the design and integration of atomically engineered materials into gas delivery, separation and purification systems, and The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company, have announced a collaborative partnership focused on the development of next generation separation and storage technologies that critically depend on material performance. The first of its kind partnership will pursue commercial applications that leverage NuMat’s innovations in Metal-Organic Frameworks (“MOFs”), an emerging class of ultra-high surface area materials which can be programmed to selectively interact with targeted gases and chemicals. read more

September 2016

news-2016pChemical & Engineering News: “MOF traps molecules that gum up bioethanol production: Material selectively separates furanics from sugar solutions” – Material selectively separates furanics from sugar solutions. A porous metal-organic framework sorbent could boost the efficiency of ethanol production from cellulosic biomass by trapping compounds that inhibit fermentation, according to a study (Chem. Commun. 2016, DOI: 10.1039/c6cc05864g). read more

September 2016

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry: “Adding to the Arsenal of Zirconium-Based Metal–Organic Frameworks: the Topology as a Platform for Solvent-Assisted Metal Incorporation” – We perform hypothesis-driven research with very specific goals or applications in mind. Although a large portion of our research is application-based, we often start by tackling fundamental problems to develop materials that can be pushed forward toward an application. We are primarily interested in the synthesis and processing of MOF-based materials for various energy- and defense-related challenges. read more

August 2016

news-2016sFarha Identified on List of “Must-see presenters” for 2016 ACS National Meeting – C&EN’s curated list of things to do, people to see, and science to learn: His metal-organic framework compounds fight chemical weapons by day and night. Northwestern University (one of 20 highlighted presenters) in preparation for the 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. read more

August 2016

Northwestern University: Gas Storage Technology: Northwestern Researcher Rewriting the Rules – The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) recently sat down with Professor Farha to learn a bit more about the ways in which his research is changing the face of sustainability and energy. read more

August 2016

Omar Farha Gives Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer at August ACS Meeting – Research Professor Omar Farha, an expert on the chemistry of crystalline porous coordination polymers and MOFs, will lecture at the American Chemical Society National Fall Meeting this August hosted in Philadelphia. It is the most prestigious lecture award conferred by the ACS for young investigators. The Kavli lecture series is a result of a collaboration between ACS and The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific innovation. read more

May 2016

Farha Named the 2016 RSC CrystEngComm Plenary Speaker – Professor Omar Farha has been named the 2016 RSC CrystEngComm plenary lecturer. CrystEngComm is the journal for innovative research covering all aspects of crystal engineering – the design, including synthesis of crystals and crystal growth, synthesis and evaluation of solid-state materials with desired properties. The 3rd Crystal Engineering and Emerging Materials Workshop of Ontario and Quebec (CEMWOQ-3) will be held at the University of Windsor on the weekend of May 14 -15, 2016. The meeting will provide a forum for researchers with broad interests in the fields of Molecular and Molecule-based Materials. read more

May 2016

Frontiers in Energy Research: “Five Cents About Nickel Catalysts” – Affordability is one of the greatest challenges to the spread of catalyst-based energy technologies. The main reason is the reliance on precious metals, such as platinum, whose market value is ~$950 an ounce. In industry, platinum-containing catalysts dramatically enhance the speed of different reactions to make a variety of fuel sources viable for harvesting energy. Scientists at two Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME) and the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center (ICDC), have made advancements in developing nickel-based catalysts. Nickel, whose market price of less than $4 a pound, is an attractive alternative to expensive and rare metals. read more

April 2016

Chemistry Views: “Tandem Catalysis with Thin Films” – In nature, complex molecules arise from catalytic enzymatic processes that take place in close proximity to one another. The product from one enzyme-catalyzed transformation can be shunted efficiently to the next enzyme without losses due to dispersal or degradation. One strategy for mimicking this synthetic approach is to incorporate multiple artificial catalysts in one robust structure. Because of their diverse and tunable structures, high surface area, and porous nanoscale channels, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising both as heterogeneous supports and as hosts for the integration of homogeneous catalysts. However, most MOFs contain only a single type of catalytically active site. read more

March 2016

Prof. Farha named to the editorial team of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces  Omar has been named an Associate Editor for the journal ACS Applied Materials & interfaces. Founded in 2009, ACS-AMI is among the American Chemical Society’s fastest growing journals, both in terms of articles published and in terms of measured scientific impact. The journal’s website states that it focuses on “how newly-discovered materials and interfacial processes can be developed and used for specific applications.” Omar continues as an Associate Editor for “Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization.”

February 2016

Chemical & Engineering News: “MOFs That Take the Heat and Keep Working.” – Most of today’s industrial-scale chemical processes are catalyzed by metal or metal oxide particles dispersed on a handful of support materials, such as alumina, silica, and activated carbon. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted interest as catalyst supports, because unlike common supports they can be custom-designed to boost catalyst performance, for example by holding metal atoms on interior surfaces where they can better interact with molecules entering the framework. But most MOFs decompose below 300 °C. read more

January 2016

Farha Named to “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” – The Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters, announces the release of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” a citation analysis identifying the scientists—as determined by their fellow researchers—who have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study. The two-part study includes an 11 year assessment of research paper citations to determine the leaders within 21 broad fields of science and a ranking of 2015’s top scientists or “hottest researchers,” revealing significant growth in cancer genomics and improvements in converting solar cells into renewable energy. read more

2015


Prof. Farha to gives 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA. The title of the Lecture is “Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs).” UCLA Event Page (April 2015)

Professor Farha receives RSC Early Career Award – Research Professor Omar Farha is the 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry Early Career Award Winner in the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division for seminal contributions to the development of catalysis, storage and separations by metal-organic frameworks. (April 2015)

 

A research team Lead By Professor Farha synthesized and tested a catalyst capable of destroying common toxic nerve agents quickly. Material could be used one day to destroy stockpiles of deadly chemical weapons. (March 2015)
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Prof. Farha gives the main talk at the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers/American Chemical Society joint meeting “Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)” (January 2015)

2007-2014

 


2014

Chemical & Engineering News – “Building A Better Gas Mask: Driven by materials chemistry, today’s masks provide ever-broader respiratory protection” (December 2014)

Thompson-Reuters – World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (December 2014)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Additional Advances in CO2 Fixation” (November 2014)

Nature – “Molecular sponges store oxygen” (October 2014)

Associate Editor of Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization, a specialty of Frontiers in Energy Research (2014)

Hupp/Farha Group Student Dana Cao Wins 1st Prize for Perovskite Solar Cells poster at HOPV14. Read more about the meeting (May 2014)

Prof. Omar Farha was one of several speakers at the 4th annual Northwestern Climate Change Symposium, presented by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the  Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). The Symposium took place on May 16th. Learn more(May 2014)

NuMat Technologies was selected to be a part of The State of Illinois (USA ) delegate for the Japan Nano Tech 2014. (February 2014)

2013

Northwestern University Research Annual Report, “New Materials Lead to New Science, and New Science Leads to New Technology,” page 30 (December 2013)

Cover: O. K. Farha and C. E. Wilmer, “Metal-organic Frameworks,” American Crystallographic Association, 2013, Fall, 3. (Fall 2013)

JACS Spotlight – “Fine-Tuning the Formation of Catalyst-Incorporated Micropores” (August 2013)

Chemical & Engineering News – Porous Organic Polymers Tackle Toxic Pollutants(August 2013)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Method Adds Metals To Frameworks Selectively(July 2013)

Chicago Sun-Times – NuMat Wants You To Fill Up Your Car At Home – And Turn America Into An Energy Exporter(July 2013)

Crain’s Chicago Business – Northwestern nanotech startup lands $2 million (June 2013)

VC News Daily – NuMat Technologies Closes $2M Seed Round(June 2013)

Wall Street Journal – National Cleantech Competition Winner NuMat Technologies Announces Closing of $2.0 Million Seed Round(June 2013)

Chemistry World – “Sugar solution to toxic gold recovery(May 2013)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Sugary Structure Has Midas Touch(May 2013)

Northwestern News Center – “MAKING GOLD GREEN: NEW NON-TOXIC METHOD FOR MINING GOLD, Scientists launch ‘nano gold rush’ by replacing cyanide with cornstarch(May 2013)

International Mining – “A viable alternative to cyanide in gold recovery(May 2013)

Mother Nature Network – “Clean, cheap method for extracting gold discovered by accident(May 2013)

Terra Daily – “Making gold green: New non-toxic method for mining gold(May 2013)

Science Daily – “Making Gold Green: New Non-Toxic Method for Mining Gold(May 2013)

Evanston Now – “Making gold green: New non-toxic mining technique(May 2013)

PHYS.ORG – “Alpha-cyclodextrin is the gold medal winner(May 2013)

Micromeritics – “Micromeritics Announces Instrument Grant to the Department of Chemistry at the Northwestern University(May 2013)

Northwestern Research Newsletter – “Promising Startup(May 2013)

Chemistry Connection – “NuMat Technologies Capitalizes on Success(April 2013)

Entrepreneur – “Promising Green Startups Attracting Millions From Investors(April 2013)

CHEM EUROPE – “Gram-scale synthesis of new MOF material promises low-pressure methane storage(March 2013)

Chemistry Views – “Easing the Pressure on Gas Storage(March 2013)

Chemistry World – “High-capacity MOF shows clean fuel promise”  (March 2013)

Chemistry World – “Removing toxic chemicals with POPs”  (March 2013)

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre – Highly Holey: MOFs with Record-Breaking Surface Areas (January 2013)

2012

Nature – “Mega-MOF’s super surface” (November 2012) 

McCormick Magazine – “A Tale of Three Companies” (November 2012) 

NuMat Technologies Accepts Its Chicago Innovation Up-and-Comer Award(October 2012)

EES Blog – “Seminal Database Paves The Way For Future CO2 Capture Materials” (October 2012) 

Planet Forward TV – “A Compressed, Natural Alternative at the Gas Pump” (October 2012) 

Asharq Al-Awsat – “Research Professor Featured in Arabic Publication” (September 2012)

Popular Science – “Most Convoluted Crystal Ever Made Has Enough Surface Area To Cover A Desk” (September 2012)

R&D Magazine – “Researchers Set World Record for Highest Surface Area Material” (September 2012)

PhysicsToday – “Competition Boosts Clean-Energy Startups” (August 2012)

Chemistry World – “MOFs with Ultrahigh Surface Areas: Is the Sky the Limit?” (August 2012)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Competition Is The Kick That Gets These Entrepreneurs Going” (August 2012)

NASDAQ – “NuMat Technologies at NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony” (July 2012) 

MarketWatch – “Clean Energy Challenge Winner Takes $100,000 National Clean Energy Competition Title” (June 2012)

The Huffington Post – “Global Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas at Austin: NuMat Wins” (June 2012)

FORTUNE Magazine – “Hail to the Champions” (May 2012)

Northwestern News – “Business Pitches Win Big” (April 2012)

Chicago Business – Crain’s Blogs – “How One Startup’s Innovation Could Make Natural-Gas Vehicles More Viable”(March 2012)

Chicago Business – Crain’s Blogs – “Two Midwest startups clean up at Clean Energy Challenge” (March 2012)

Medill Reports – “NU student entrepreneurs win $100,000 clean energy prize” (March 2012)

ISGTW – “Even molecules have their own waltz” (March 2012)

Northweste​rn Research Newsletter – “Research Video Wins Prize” (February 2012)

Hive76 – “Blender used to Render cover of Nature Chemistry” (February 2012)

Blender Nation – “Blender Used to Make Cover Art for Nature Chemistry” (February 2012)

McCormick News – “Northwestern Research Video Wins Honorable Mention in International Challenge” (February 2012)

Science (podcast) – “2011 Visualization Challenge Winners” (February 2012)

Wired – “The 16 Best Science Visualizations of 2011” (February 2012)

MSNBC – “Scientific Visions that Take the Prize” (February 2012)

ScienceDaily – “One of the Most Porous Materials Ever Discovered” (January 2012)

Journal of Petroleum Technology Online – “Metal Organic Frameworks Show Promise for Storage, Capture, and Separation Applications” (January 2012)

McCormick – Chemical and Biological Engineering Newsletter – “More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (January 2012)

Trib Local – “Science Connections: Clean” (January 2012)

Medill Reports – “Clean Energy Trust names Northwestern student teams as semifinalists” (January 2012)

Daily Northwestern – “Northwestern teams semifinalists in clean energy competition” (January 2012)

MarketWatch – “Clean Energy Trust Announces Semifinalists for the Inaugural Student Clean Energy Challenge: $150,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded” (January 2012)

Earth Techling – “May The Best Clean Energy Idea Win” (January 2012)

MRS – “Large Vertices Dramatically Increase the Pore Volume of Metal-organic Frameworks” (January 2012)

Nature Communications Featured Image – “Metal-adeninate vertices for the construction of an exceptionally porous metal-organic framework” (January 2012)

2011

New Energy and Fuel – “A Better way to store Gas” (December 2011)

Chemistry World – “Cutting Edge Chemistry in 2011” (December 2011)

Northwestern- “Something New Under the Sun” (November 2011)

Northwestern University-CenterPiece – “MOFs, Volume 11 (1), page 7” (November 2011)

ScienceDaily – “More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (November 2011)

Oil and Gas Online – “More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (November 2011)

 Chemical & Engineering News – “Dial-A-MOF” (November 2011)

R&D Magazine – “Faster Testing Method For Porous Crystals To Help Gas Storage Tech” (November 2011)

Energy Daily – “More promising natural gas storage?” (November 2011)

McCormick News – “More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (November 2011)

Futurity – “Algorithm Finds 300 Crystals to Store Methane” (November 2011)

NanoWerk – “New Algorithm Identifies Promising Metal-Organic Frameworks for Natural Gas Storage” (November 2011)

UPI – “Researchers ‘Create’ Crystals by Computer” (November 2011)

R&D Magazine – “Porous Crystals For Natural Gas Storage” (November 2011)

ScienceBlog – “More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (November 2011)

PhysOrg – “Porous Crystals For Natural Gas Storage” (November 2011)

Supercomputing Online – “New Algorithm Accelerates ‘Thought Experiments’ for More Promising Natural Gas Storage” (November 2011)

The Engineer – “Algorithm said to identify best natural-gas storage materials” (November 2011)

Oil Word – “New Routine Removes Find Bottleneck By Identifying Materials With Promise” (November 2011)

Green Car Congress – “New Large-Scale Screening Method For Hypothetical MOFs Accelerates Discovery Of Gas Storage Solutions By Identifying Materials With Promise” (November 2011)

Chemistry World – “Predicting the Perfect MOF” (November 2011)

SpectroscopyNOW – “Designer MOFs: Algorithm Calculates Likely Frameworks “ (November 2011)

Angewandte Chemie International Edition – “Click Chemistry Finds Its Way into Covalent Porous Organic Materials” (November 2011)

Northwestern News Center – “Press Release- More Promising Natural Gas Storage?” (November 2011)

Northwestern University President ,Morton O. Schapiro – “Omar Farha Receives 2011 Safety Award”  (October 2011)

Northwestern University Chemistry Department – “The 1st Annual Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership” (October 2011)

ScienceBase – “An inner space odyssey” (October 2011)

NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge – “High density energy storage using self-assembled materials” (September 2011)

Frontiers in Energy Research – “A Simpler Way to an Efficient Solar Cell, New method yields better solar cells and eliminates cumbersome fabrication steps”  (September 2011)

Science – “Editor’s Choice-Stuffing your struts” (August 2011)

Northwestern University-CenterPiece – “Manipulating Materials for Carbon Dioxide Cleanup, Volume 10 (2), 16-17” (May 2011)

Crystal Growth & Design – “Structures of the Week” (April 2011)

2010

Northwestern University-Office for Research-Annual Report-Creating New Knowledge -“Nanoporous Materials for Fuel Tanks of the Future, page 45” (October 2010)

Nature Chemistry – “Metal–organic frameworks: Model, make, measure” (October 2010)

Chemistry Views – “Metallic Sponge”(September 2010)

Accounts of Chemical research – “August Cover, The cover shows a metal−organic framework” (August 2010)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Novel Redox Couples Could Aid Solar Cells” (April 2010)

2009

Nature Chemistry – “Metal–organic frameworks: Improving pore performance” (February 2009)

Chemistry World – “Magic MOFs” (February 2009)

Chemical & Engineering News – “MOF Housekeeping Improves” (January 2009)

2008

Nature Chemistry – “Gas separation: Marvelous MOFs” (July 2008)

Chemical & Engineering News – “Gravity-purified MOFs” (June 2008)

2007

ScienceDaily- “Controlling Damaging Protein Plaques Without Side-Effects: Research Could Improve Alzheimer’s Medication” (April 2007)

NEWS Medical – “Researchers study the possible use of carboranes: When protein plaque builds up in the blood, it can result in serious diseases such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s” (April 2007)

ChemLin – “Discovery of New Family of Pseudo-Metallic Chemicals Changes How Scientists Fight Disease, Create Electronic Materials” (May 2007)