Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Royal Society of Chemistry Award Lecture

Energy Relevant Metal-Organic Framework Materials

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Time: 16:00
Location: University of Bath, Building 5 West, Room 2.3 (maps)
Speaker: Professor Joseph T. Hupp, Northwestern University

The recipient of the 2014 Stephanie L Kwolek Award, Professor Joseph T. Hupp, from Northwestern University will be visiting our Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering as part of his RSC Award lecture series.

The SL Kwolek Award of the RSC is awarded biennially by the Materials Chemistry Division to non-UK researchers to recognise exceptional contributions to the area of materials chemistry. This year Prof. Hupp received this prestigious distinction for his "key enabling discoveries in the design and syntheses of functional materials relevant to energy science applications, including light-to-electric energy conversion and supramolecular framework-based sensing, sieving, gas storage and catalysis".

About the speaker: Hupp is a native of rural western New York state. He was introduced to chemical research as an undergraduate student at Houghton College in New York, evaluating candidate electrode materials for heart pacers. He completed a B.Sc. degree in 1979, and subsequently was a student of the late Mike Weaver at Michigan State University and Purdue University, completing a Ph.D. degree in 1983. He was a postdoc with T. J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina. In 1986 he moved to Northwestern University (greater Chicago area in the U.S.) where he is currently Morrison Professor of Chemistry. He is also a Senior Science Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

His research centres on energy- and defense-relevant materials chemistry, including materials for light-to-electrical energy conversion, catalytic water oxidation, chemical separations, chemical catalysis, high-capacity storage and release of molecular hydrogen, and capture and destruction of chemical warfare agents. His research accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the Sloan Foundation, the Dreyfus Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Inter-American Photochemical Society, the Japan Society for Coordination Chemistry, and others. His research findings are described in >400 peer-reviewed articles (>25,000 citations, h=86) and about a dozen patents, a number of which have helped define the core materials synthesis technology for the start-up company NuMat Technologies.