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.


    • April 2020: Andrew Rosen was selected as one of six Presidential Fellows by Northwestern University. This is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by the University. Congratulations!

    • April 2020: Congratulations to Matt Mendonca on defending his PhD!

    • March 2020: Congratulations to Andrew Rosen for being selected for the 2020 CAS Future Leaders program!

    • March 2020: Randy Snurr was elected a Fellow of the International Adsorption Society!

    • March 2020: Congratulations to Brandon Bukowski on receiving a Travel Award to attend the 17th International Congress on Catalysis in San Diego!

    • March 2020: Rebecca Goncalves has been awarded a GEM Fellowship. Congratulations!

    • March 2020: Congratulations to Melissa Barona on defending her PhD!

    • February 2020: Andrew Rosen has received a Travel Award from the Division of Inorganic Chemistry to attend the Spring 2020 Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations!

    • February 2020: Ben Bucior, Scotty Bobbitt, Arun Gopalan, Randy Snurr, and their co-authors received the Senior Moulton Medal from IChemE "for best paper published by the Institution" in 2019-2020 for their paper “Energy-based descriptors to rapidly predict hydrogen storage in metal-organic frameworks,” Molec. Systems Design Eng. 4, 162-174 (2019).

    • December 2019: Randy Snurr was identified as one of twenty outstanding reviewers in 2019 by the ACS Committee on the Petroleum Research Fund.

    • November 2019: Randy Snurr has been named a "Highly Cited Researcher " by the Web of Science Group. Congratulations!

    • October 2019: Our joint paper with Andrea Rossin's group has appeared on the cover of Molecular Systems Design & Engineering.

    • September 2019: Congratulations to Josh Kirkham on receiving the George Thodos Teaching Assistant Award!

    • September 2019: Congratulations to Matt Mendonca on being named a runner-up for the department's Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award! Matt will give a talk on his research at the annual department retreat.

    • August 2019: Congratulations to Matt Mendonca on receiving a terminal-year fellowship from Northwestern!

    • July 2019: Congratulations to Ben Bucior on defending his PhD!

    • June 2019: Congratulations to Iza Samek on defending her PhD!

    • May 2019: A new paper by Matthew Mendonca has been featured on the cover of Chemistry – A European Journal.

    • April 2019: Ben Bucior won the 1st place graduate poster award at the the 2019 AIChE Chicago Annual Student Poster Competition. Congratulations, Ben!

    • April 2019: A new paper by Andrew Rosen in ACS Catalysis was featured in Chemical & Engineering News!

    • April 2019: Randy Snurr has been elected as a corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. The academy was founded in 1846 and is now one of the regional academies in Germany. The list of previous members includes Boltzmann, Heisenberg, and Planck.

    • February 2019: A new paper by Haoyuan Chen with the Farha group has been featured in Chemical & Engineering News!

    • February 2019: A new paper by the group has been featured on the cover of Molecular Systems Design & Engineering.

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