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Conference Banquet

This year's banquet was held on the legendary Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that sailed the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967.


Omar-YaghiOmar M. Yaghi, University of California – Berkeley

Reticular Chemistry—Folklore and Reality

Omar M. Yaghi received his B.S. degree from State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. He has been on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and University of California, Los Angeles. Yaghi is currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the founding director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute, and is the co-director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute and the California Research Alliance by BASF.

Yaghi's work encompasses the synthesis, structure and properties of inorganic and organic compounds, and the design and construction of new crystalline materials. He is widely known for developing the principles of reticular chemistry and for discovering several extensive classes of new materials termed metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks.

His early accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials have been honored by the Solid-State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society and Exxon Co. (1998) and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004). Yaghi's work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science Magazine , which listed him among the 'Brilliant 10' scientists and engineers in United States (2006), and by the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award for outstanding contributions to hydrogen storage (2007). He was the sole recipient of the Materials Research Society Medal for pioneering work in the theory, design, synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published inScience  (2007). Yaghi is also the recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009), Izatt-Christensen International Award (2009), United Kingdom's Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010), China Nano Award (2013), King Faisal International Prize in Science (2015), and Mustafa Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2015).

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