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.


    • September 2017: Andrew Rosen received the George Thodos Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations!

    • July 2017: Congratulations to Hongda Zhang on defending his PhD!

    • May 2017: Our paper with the Gagliardi group on capture of NO with MOFs is featured on the cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

    • April 2017: Andrew Rosen has received a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. Congratulations to Andrew!

    • April 2017: Casey Whitford and Iza Samek received Kokes Travel Awards to attend the 25th North American Catalysis Society Meeting.

    • February 2017: Our paper on natural gas storage in porous materials is highlighted on the cover of a special issue of Chemical Engineering Science on Integrating Computer-Aided Molecular Design into Product and Process Design.

    • 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!

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