Starting in January 2015 as Assistant Professor @ Florida State U.

posted Nov 17, 2014, 8:14 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 10:16 AM ]

I will be an assistant professor at Florida State University (FSU) starting in January 2015. 

Currently, we are looking for enthusiastic students at all levels (undergraduate, master and graduate) to join our research endeavors as well as postdoctoral scholars.  

I am seeking people with advanced knowledge of perhaps mathematics and programming. The student can be interested in a master or doctoral degree. If you know or are a good prospective undergraduate or graduate student or postdoc interested in doing anything related to theoretical and computational chemistry & materials science please write to: I am interested in diverse areas including chemical engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer sciences. For more info about what I do, you can refer them to my websites:

Publications reach 1821 citations and h-index=9!

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:59 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 10:37 AM ]

2014/01/01: Publications reaches 1821 citations!

The work cited is about material and molecular design,Covalent Organic Frameworks, Metal-Organic Frameworks, materiainformatics, cheminformatics, statistical mechanics, electronic Structure, Molecular Dynamics, Force Field Development, and catalysis. This correspond to the most general fields of Renowable clean energy - Gas storage materials - Photoelectrochemistry - Solid state physics&chemistry - Quantum mech/Stat mech... [More]

Our paper selected for Models of Metalloenzymes Virtual Issue

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:55 AM by Unknown user

2013/07/01: Virtual Issue on Models of Metalloenzymes and podcast

"Inorganic Chemistry and Journal of the American Chemical Society are teaming up to launch a cross-journal inorganic chemistry virtual issue designed to showcase the most significant recent publications in a topical area.

In an upcoming virtual issue focused on “Models of Metalloenzymes”, your recent Journal of the American Chemical Society article (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 1073) has been selected as worthy of being highlighted. Your article was selected because of its high scientific quality and broad appeal." William B. Tolman (Editor-in-Chief and Virtual Issue Guest Editor).

Co-Mentor 4 student Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF)

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:55 AM by Unknown user

2013/06/05: My second experience as a mentor

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity. I have co-mentored 6 undergraduate students in total (and 4 graduate students).

What is SURF? Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity. Presentation ProgramSURF link.

Invited talk - Tenaris University

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:53 AM by Unknown user

2012/10/31: Fellows Conference Series: Jose Luis Mendoza Cortes - "Trapping and storing gases in nanoporous organic and metal-organic materials".

This talk covers the fundamentals of bulk porous materials that are constructed from metal-oxides and organic molecules as well as from pure organic molecules. This field is so far developed that companies such as BASF® are producing these materials at the industrial level. In this activity we will learn how the design of the pores can help to trap and store the most gas. This is important because clean energy gases such as H2 and CH4 can be stored more efficiently. Also harmful gases such as NH3 and CO2 can be separated from contaminated mixtures. [RREP sponsors: Tenaris, Ternium, Techint]

Advisers were named among the world's top three chemists of 2000-2010.

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:52 AM by Unknown user

 2011/02/01: Congratulations to Prof. Mike O’Keeffe and Prof. Omar Yaghi.

On February 10, 2011, Thomson Reuters released data identifying the world’s top 100 chemists over the past 11 years as ranked by the impact of their published research. Full ListScience Watch

 Rank Institution Papers Citations Impact
 1 Charles M. LIEBER
Harvard University
 74 17,776 240.22
 2 Omar M. YAGHI
University of California Los Angeles
 90 19,870 220.78
 3 Michael O’KEEFFE
Arizona State University
 73 12,910  176.85

Best Poster in the International Center for Materials Research workshop

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:49 AM by Unknown user

2010/07/15: "ICMR Summer School on Periodic Structures and Crystal Chemistry"
DATES: July 27 - August 9, 2008
LOCATION: University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106 USA

The prize included The prize includes International Research Fellowships for 1 - 3 months intership in a lab outside USA, with award amounts for travel and expenses of up to $5000. Only 12-13 fellows a year. 

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) workshop was a two-week summer school on Periodic Structures and Crystal Chemistry in Materials Science from July 27 to August 9, 2007 in UCSB. The emphasis of the school was to introduce newly emerging methods in the description, design and geometrical analysis of crystal structures, particularly open-framework materials such as zeolites and MOF's. Link

In this picture Prof. Michael O'keeffe is giving me the diploma for the best poster.

Our paper on SBUs for MOFs is among the top 10 most accessed in Chem. Rev. Soc. during 2009.

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:49 AM by Unknown user

2010/01/10: "Chem Soc Rev Top 10 2009, (12 January 2010) In 2009 we published more reviews than ever before but find out below which were the most accessed online." Link 

[ABSTRACT] This critical review presents a comprehensive study of transition-metal carboxylate clusters which may serve as secondary building units (SBUs) towards construction and synthesis of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). We describe the geometries of 131 SBUs, their connectivity and composition. This contribution presents a comprehensive list of the wide variety of transition-metal carboxylate clusters which may serve as secondary building units (SBUs) in the construction and synthesis of metal–organic frameworks. The SBUs discussed here were obtained from a search of molecules and extended structures archived in the Cambridge Structure Database (CSD, version 5.28, January 2007) which included only crystals containing metalcarboxylate linkages (241 references)Link

Roberto Rocca Fellowship, 2009

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:48 AM by Unknown user

2009/05/01: "For exceptional university graduates from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania and Venezuela, the Roberto Rocca Education Program offers fellowships to help fund studies towards the Ph.D. degree [...] 

Each year the Program awards around 12 to 15 new Fellowships. Fellows are selected by the Program's Scientific Committee comprising senior managers of the sponsoring companies. 

Fellowships are awarded for a period of two years and may be used for tuition, fees and living expenses. The award amount will depend on the candidate’s financial need but in general Fellowships do not cover all expenses and candidates are encouraged to seek complementary sources of funding. At the discretion of the Roberto Rocca Education Program, fellowships may be renewed for up to an additional two years." Link

We won the "Best paper in Science magazine in 2007": the prestigious AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:47 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 PM ]

2008/03/05: "The Association's oldest award, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize was established in 1923 with funds donated by Newcomb Cleveland of New York City. The Prize acknowledges an outstanding paper published in the Articles, Research Articles, or Reports sections of Science. Each recipient receives a bronze medal and a share of the $25,000 prize.
This paper describes the synthesis of crystalline three-dimensional frame- works of organic materials with high porosity. It had long been known that inorganic materials (such as zeolites) or organic compounds linked with metals could be made into such frameworks, but to accomplish this result with metal-free organic frameworks achieves what one reviewer described as a "holy grail" in organic materials chemistry. The authors cleverly employed a condensation reaction involving boron and oxygen to create three-dimensional structures with covalent bonding; these had the needed stability to be formed into a variety of complex, highly-ordered network structures with high porosity. The result opens up a host of new applications in materials chemistry." AnnoucementAAAS Report (p18)

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