Omar K. Farha

Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Northwestern University

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Current Research Focus:

Prof. Omar K. 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.

Recent News

WCAS Perspectives on the Pandemic: "Fundamental research at Weinberg College paves the way for COVID-19 breakthroughs"

August 2020 – Omar Farha is featured in a new article from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ (WCAS) Perspectives on the Pandemic. In Fundamental research at Weinberg College paves the way for COVID-19 breakthroughs,” Dr. Farha discusses his work with metal-organic frameworks and their potential applications to create “masks that deactivate viruses on contact.” read more

TLT: "MOFs for storage of methane and hydrogen"

August 2020 – Omar Farha is featured discussing his research in a new article from Tribology & Lubrication Technology (TLT). In the article, “MOFs for storage of methane and hydrogen,” Dr. Farha touches on his work with a new MOF-based material, its unique properties, and its potential applications. read more

"Be Confident; Don't Be Cocky": An Interview with Prof. Omar Farha

July 2020 – Prof. Omar Farha is featured in an interview with the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist. In the interview, titled “‘Be Confident; Don’t Be Cocky’: An Interview with Prof. Omar Farha,” Prof. Farha discusses the struggles and opportunities he encountered in his journey through academia (which included quitting business school), his advice for determining which things are urgent or important in terms of time management, and how to be a confident (but not cocky) scientist. read more

Chemistry World: "Chemists amid coronavirus: Omar Farha"

July 2020 – In the article “Chemists amid coronavirus: Omar Farha,” Dr. Farha discusses conducting research during a university shutdown and reopening his laboratory with limited capacity. read more