Event date:
Oct 29 2021 5:00 pm

CCEW-6: Highly Porous Crystalline Materials based on the Rare-Earth Metals

Prof. Kenneth Balkus
The importance of porous inorganic materials continues to grow in catalysis, gas storage, separation, and newly emerging areas such as drug delivery and sensing. Inspired by zeolites and coordination chemistry, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a much more structurally and compositionally diverse family of porous materials. MOFs are composed of metal ion or cluster nodes connected by organic linkers. This presentation will focus on the synthesis and characterization of MOFs based on rare earth (RE) ions and clusters. The Lanthanide-based MOFs often feature high coordination numbers and unusual optical and magnetic properties. We have recently discovered a new methodology for preparing fluoro-bridged RE clusters that will be discussed in detail.

Prof. Kenneth Balkus will be talking about “CCEW-6: Highly Porous Crystalline Materials based on the Rare-Earth Metals” on 29 October 2021, at 5pm. 


About the speaker:

Professor Kenneth Balkus is a professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida. After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his academic career at the UTD as an assistant professor and was promoted to Professor in 1997. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and was awarded the US Presidential Scholar-Teacher award in 2012. Other prominent awards include NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and ACS Doherty Award. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Porous solids and a member of the editorial board of Microporous and Mesoporous Materials.