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.


    • 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.

    • November 2018: Randy Snurr has been named to Clarivate Analytics 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers.

    • November 2018: Randy Snurr is quoted in Chemistry World.

    • September 2018: Andrew Rosen received the George Thodos Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations!

    • September 2018: Melissa Barona has been named an ISEN Cluster Fellow. Congratulations!

    • August 2018: Congratulations to Ben Bucior on receiving a terminal-year fellowship from Northwestern!

    • August 2018: Arun Gopalan has been awarded a PPG fellowship. Congratulations!

    • July 2018: Congratulations to Casey Whitford on defending her PhD!

    • June 2018: Andrew Rosen has been awarded a Ryan Fellowship by Northwestern University. Congratulations!

    • June 2018: Congratulations to Arun Gopalan for his best poster award at the Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference!

    • May 2018: Congratulations to Karson Leperi on defending his PhD!

    • May 2018: Congratulations to Iza Samek for her best poster award at the Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago!

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