Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series: Dr. Psaras McGrier

Date, time, location

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
4:45 pm to 6:00 pm EST

Science Center, A255

119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Additional details

Free and open to the public

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosts guest speaker Dr. Psaras McGrier, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University. His topic will be "The Synthesis and Design of Functional Covalent Organic Frameworks."


This seminar will be preceded by a light reception at 4:30 pm in the David Love Lounge.

Sponsored by the Luke E. Steiner Lecture Fund.



Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are an advanced class of crystalline porous polymers that are composed of light elements (C, H, O, N, and B) linked via strong covalent bonds. COFs are generally constructed by using reversible bond forming reactions to yield crystalline materials with high surface areas, low densities, and high thermal stabilities. These features make COFs useful for carbon capture, gas storage, and sensory applications. This lecture will discuss employing a bottom-up approach to create novel functional COFs that can bind small metal cations (e.g., Li, Ca, etc.), and some low-oxidation state transition metals (e.g., Ni(0), Co(II), Fe(II), etc.). The prospect of utilizing these COFs for applications related to gas separations, catalysis, and energy storage will be highlighted.

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