Omar M. Yaghi

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Omar Mwannes Yaghi
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Native name
عمر مونّس ياغي
Born (1965-02-09) February 9, 1965 (age 54)
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Harvard University
AwardsSolid State Chemistry Award (1998)
Sacconi Medal (2004)
Materials Research Society Medal (2007)
Newcomb Cleveland Prize (2007)
American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009)
Centenary Prize (2010)
King Faisal International Prize (2015)
Mustafa Prize (2015)
TÜBA Academy Prize (2016)
Spiers Memorial Award (2017)
Kuwait Prize (2017)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2017)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences (2018)
Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2018)
Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (2018)
ENI award for Energy (2018)
Gregori Aminoff Prize (2019)
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorProf. Walter G. Klemperer
Websiteyaghi.berkeley.edu

Omar M. Yaghi (Arabic: عمر مونّس ياغي‎; born February 9, 1965) is a Jordanian-American chemist, currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences[1]. Yaghi is renowned for having pioneered reticular chemistry, which is a new field of chemistry that is concerned with stitching molecular building blocks together by strong bonds to make open frameworks.[2][3][4] His most recognizable work is in the design and production of new classes of compounds known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs),[5][6] zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs),[7] and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).[8] MOFs are noted for their extremely high surface areas (5640 m2/g for MOF-177)[9] and very low crystalline densities (0.17 g·cm−3 for COF-108).[10] Yaghi also pioneered molecular weaving, and synthesized the world’s first material woven at the atomic and molecular levels (COF-505)[11][12]. He has developed these materials from basic science toward applications in clean energy technologies including hydrogen and methane storage,[13][14] carbon dioxide capture and storage,[15][16] as well as harvesting water from desert air.[17]

Biography[edit]

Yaghi was born in Amman, Jordan in 1965 to a refugee family,[18][19] originally from Palestine.[20] At the age of 15, he moved to the United States at the encouragement of his father.[21] Although he knew little English, he began classes at Hudson Valley Community College. He later transferred to the University at Albany, SUNY to finish his degree. He began his graduate studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at the age of 20 and received his PhD in 1990 under the guidance of Prof. Walter G. Klemperer. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990–1992) with Professor Richard H. Holm. He was on the faculties of Arizona State University (1992–1998), the University of Michigan (1999–2006), and the University of California, Los Angeles (2007-2012).

In 2012, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley where he is now the James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute. He is also a Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute of the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as the California Research Alliance by BASF. 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). His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science which listed him among the 'Brilliant 10' scientists and engineers in the United States in 2006,[22] and the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award for outstanding contributions to hydrogen storage (2007). He received the Materials Research Society Medal for work in the theory, design, synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks[23] and received the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the best paper published in Science (2007).[24] He is the recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009),[25] Izatt-Christensen International Award (2009),[26] United Kingdom's Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010),[27] as well as China Nano Award (2013).[28] He is the second most cited chemist in the world (2000–2010).[29] In 2015 he was awarded both the King Faisal International Prize in Chemistry[30] and the Mustafa Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.[31] In 2016 he was awarded TÜBA Academy Prize in Basic and Engineering Sciences for establishing Reticular Chemistry.[32][33] In 2017, Yaghi was awarded the Spiers Memorial Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry,[34] the Medal of Excellence of the First Order bestowed by King Abdullah II,[35] the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry International Award,[36] the Bailar Medal in Inorganic Chemistry,[37] the Kuwait Prize in Fundamental Sciences,[38] and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science conferred by the World Cultural Council.[39] In 2018, Yaghi was awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences for pioneering Reticular Chemistry,[40] and also in 2018 he received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in which he was cited for pioneering reticular chemistry via metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks.[41][42] His work on water harvesting from desert air using metal-organic frameworks[43][44][45] was showcased by the World Economic Forum in Switzerland as one of the top 10 emerging technologies,[46] and Yaghi was awarded the 2018 Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.[47] Yaghi also received the 2018 Eni Award for excellence in energy in recognition of his work in applying framework chemistry to clean energy solutions including methane storage, carbon dioxide capture and conversion, and water harvesting from desert air.[48][49] Yaghi was honored with the 2019 Gregori Aminoff Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the development of reticular chemistry[50]. In 2019, Yaghi also received the MBR Medal for Scientific Excellence - the highest national scientific honour of the United Arab Emirates[51], as well as the Nano Research Award for his contributions to reticular chemistry[52].

References[edit]

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  2. ^ " Omar Yaghi wins Albert Einstein World Award of Science ", Chemical & Engineering News, 10 July 2017. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  3. ^ " Makoto Fujita and Omar Yaghi win Wolf Prize in Chemistry ", Chemical & Engineering News, 19 February 2018. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ " Spiers Memorial Lecture - Progress and prospects of reticular chemistry ", Royal Society of Chemistry, 18 August 2017. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  5. ^ K. Sanderson (2007). "Materials Chemistry: Space Invaders". Nature. 448 (7155): 746–8. Bibcode:2007Natur.448..746S. doi:10.1038/448746a. PMID 17700673.
  6. ^ S.F. Robert (2008). "Framework Materials Grab CO2 and Researchers' Attention". Science. 319 (5865): 893. doi:10.1126/science.319.5865.893. PMID 18276862.
  7. ^ " Combinatorial Crystals ", Chemical & Engineering News, 18 February 2008. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ " Porous Crystalline Organic Frameworks ", Chemical & Engineering News, 28 May 2007. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ A.G. Wong-Foy; A.J. Matzger; O.M. Yaghi (2006). "Exceptional H2 Saturation Uptake in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128 (11): 3494–5. doi:10.1021/ja058213h. PMID 16536503.
  10. ^ H.M. El-Kaderi; J.R. Hunt; J.L. Mendoza-Cortés; A.P. Côté; R.E. Taylor; M. O'Keeffe; O.M. Yaghi (2007). "Designed Synthesis of 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks" (PDF). Science. 316 (5822): 268–72. Bibcode:2007Sci...316..268E. doi:10.1126/science.1139915. PMID 17431178.
  11. ^ " Weaving of organic threads into a crystalline covalent organic framework ", Science (journal), Retrieved on 16 June 2019.
  12. ^ " First materials woven at atomic and molecular levels: Weaving a new story for COFs and MOFs ", ScienceDaily, Retrieved on 16 June 2019.
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  16. ^ " Super-sized molecular sponges boost carbon capture ", Chemistry World, 7 May 2008. Retrieved on 12 March 2018.
  17. ^ " This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air ", Science Magazine, April 13, 2017. Retrieved on March 10, 2018.
  18. ^ " Omar Yaghi Winner of Wolf Prize in Chemistry - 2018 ", Wolf Foundation, Retrieved on 4 March 2018.
  19. ^ " Acceptance speech of Albert Einstein World Award of Science by Professor Omar M. Yaghi ", World Cultural Council, Retrieved on 4 March 2018.
  20. ^ عمر ياغي في مؤسسة الكويت للتقدّم العلمي. alqabas.com (in Arabic). 6 December 2017.
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  25. ^ " ACS Award In The Chemistry Of Materials ", Chemical & Engineering News, 16 February 2009. Retrieved on 28 January 2018.
  26. ^ " Omar Yaghi Is Izatt-Christensen Awardee ", Chemical & Engineering News, 14 September 2009. Retrieved on 28 January 2018.
  27. ^ " Centenary Prize 2010 Winner ", Royal Society of Chemistry, Retrieved on 28 January 2018.
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  34. ^ "Spiers Memorial Award 2017 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
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  37. ^ " 2017 John C. Bailar, Jr. Medal & Lectureship ", University of Illinois, Retrieved on 1 February 2018.
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  42. ^ Jerusalem Post - Wolf Prizes 2018
  43. ^ " Water Adsorption in Porous Metal–Organic Frameworks and Related Materials ", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 3 March 2014. Retrieved on 20 June 2018.
  44. ^ " Water harvesting from air with metal-organic frameworks powered by natural sunlight ", Science Magazine, 28 April 2017. Retrieved on 20 June 2018.
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  50. ^ " This year’s Aminoff Prize goes to the founders of reticular chemistry ", Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Retrieved on 25 March 2019.
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