Welcome to the Snurr Research Site!

We are researching how nanoporous materials can (help to) save the world.
We are interested in novel materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), as well as traditional materials like zeolites that are already widely used in industry. Porous materials with well-controlled structures at the nanoscale can be extremely useful because of their ability to recognize and discriminate between adsorbed molecules. This leads to applications of nanoporous materials in adsorption separations, catalysis, membrane processes, sensing, and energy storage.


    • November 2016: Randy Snurr is named one of Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers for 2016.

    • October 2016: Our recent paper in Science Advances was highlighted on the Northwestern and DOE Office of Science websites and by Korea 1 news!

    • October 2016: Our recent paper in Energy & Environmental Science is highlighted in Chemistry World and Nature Energy!

    • September 2016: Congratulations to David Chen on defending his MS!

    • August 2016: The group says goodbye to post-docs Diego Gomez-Gualdron, Peilin Liao, and Pere Miro, who will start faculty positions at the Colorado School of Mines, Purdue University, and the University of North Florida, respectively.

    • June 2016: Congratulations to Casey Whitford for receiving an outstanding poster award at the Gordon Conference on Catalysis!

    • June 2016: A new book on molecular modeling, co-edited by Randy Snurr, has been published! The book features papers from the 2015 FOMMS conference.

    • April 2016: Matt Mendonca has received a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. Congratulations to Matt!

    • February 2016: Former post-doc Song Li is one of two winners of the 2015 Li Foundation Heritage Prize. Congratulations to Song!

    • November 2015: Randy Snurr received the 2015 Ernest W. Thiele award from the Chicago Local Section of AIChE.

    • September 2015: Congratulations to Melissa Barona for receiving a HENAAC Scholarship -- one of only 8 awarded nationally!

    • September 2015: Our paper "Water-Stable Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Framework Material with High-Surface Area and Gas-Storage Capacities" was among the most accessed papers in Chemistry, a European Journal for the past year.

    • August 2015: Congratulations to Stephanie Kwon on defending her PhD!

    • August 2015: The group says goodbye to post-doc Song Li, who will start a faculty position at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

    • April 2015: Congratulations to Jiayi Chen on defending her MS!

    • April 2015: Congratulations to Yamil Colon on defending his PhD!

    • April 2015: Peyman Moghadam's paper "Carbohydrate-Mediated Purification of Petrochemicals" is published in JACS and highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News.

    • April 2015: Melissa Barona has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations!

    • March 2015: The paper "Decomposing chemical warfare agents utilizing metal-organic frameworks" was published in Nature Materials and highlighted in Science, Materials Today, C&E News, and other news outlets.

    • March 2015: Our paper "Screening of bio-compatible metal-organic frameworks as potential drug carriers using Monte Carlo simulations" was one of the Most Accessed Articles for 2014 in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

    • February 2015: The group's work on screening of nanoporous materials for natural gas storage, as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, is highlighted in Chemistry World.

    • November 2014: Yamil Colon received one of this year's Graduate Student Awards from the AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF). The other winner was Heather Mayes from Linda Broadbelt's group, also at Northwestern. Congratulations to Yamil and Heather!

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