American Chemical Society
Central Ohio Valley Section

October Meeting

Thursday, October 1
6:30 pm
Room 465 Science
Marshall University
Huntington, WV


Dr. Adam Matzger
The University of Michigan
Department of Chemistry
Ann Arbor, MI

"Coordination Polymers: New Tricks for Old Dogs"


Adsorbents play a critical role in a variety of industrial, laboratory and consumer applications. Materials such as silica gel, zeolites, and activated carbon have been investigated for centuries and represent the most commonly used adsorbents. In the last decade research on new crystalline and high surface area materials based on coordination chemistry has accelerated. These materials are promising to redefine the types of processes and applications that can be enabled by adsorption. Synthetic challenges and novel approaches to the synthesis of microporous coordination polymers (MCPs) will be discussed. Recent progress in interfacing MCPs to polymers will be introduced as well applications in separations/storage of gases and air drying.

Speaker bio

Adam Matzger received his B.A. degree in 1992 from Oberlin College. His Ph.D. was completed at the University of California at Berkeley in the group of K. Peter C. Vollhardt, where he conducted theoretical and experimental investigations of dehydrobenzoannulenes and phenylenes. He went on to postdoctoral work jointly with Nathan S. Lewis and Robert H. Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology investigating a novel class of chemical sensors. In 2000, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he is now the Charles G. Overberger Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. His current research interest focus is on organic materials in the solid state and encompasses crystalline polymorphs, explosive cocrystals, and porous materials.


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