Plenary Speakers

Richard Robson

Richard Robson is  Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. A pioneer in the field of the design, synthesis and systematisation of porous materials built up using metal ions and organic ligands, he remains active in the lab to this day. In 2000, Richard was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Representative publications:

R. Robson, “Design and Its Limitations in the Construction of Bi- and Poly-Nuclear Coordination Complexes and Coordination Polymers (Aka MOFs): A Personal View,” Dalton Trans. 2008, 5113-5131.

R. Robson, “A Net-Based Approach to Coordination Polymers,” Dalton Trans. 2000, 3735-3744.

B. F. Hoskins and R. Robson, ‘Design and Construction of a New Class of Scaffolding-Like Materials Comprising Infinite Polymeric Frameworks of 3d-Linked Molecular Rods,’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 1546-1554.

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen is a Professor of Chemistry at UC San Diego, USA. His research focuses on MOF synthesis, functional properties, and MOF-based composite materials. He has a separate, yet equally successful, research programme on metalloprotein inhibitors


Recent publications:

J. Li, X. Yu, Mingli Xu, W. Liu, E. Sandraz, H. Lan, J. Wang, and S. M. Cohen ‘Metal−Organic Frameworks as Micromotors with Tunable Engines,’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 611-614.

Z. Zhang, H. Thi Hoang Nguyen, S. A. Miller, A. Ploskonka, J.DeCoste, and S. M. Cohen ‘polyMOFs as Water Tolerant Materials for Selective Carbon Dioxide Separations,’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 920-925.

H. Fei and S. M. Cohen ‘Metalation of a Thiocatechol-Functionalized Zr(IV)-Based Metal–Organic Framework for Selective C–H Functionalization,’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 2191-2194.

Mohamed Eddaoudi

Mohamed Eddaoudi is a Professor of Chemical Science and Associate Director, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center, at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. His research is centred on framework design and synthesis, and extends to applications including gas separations, purification, and sensing.


Recent publications:

A. Cadiau, Y. Belmabkhout, K. Adil, P. M. Bhatt, R. S. Pillai, A. Shkurenko, C. Martineau-Corcos, G. Maurin and M. Eddaoudi, “Hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic frameworks for energy-efficient dehydration,” Science 2017, 356, 731-735.
Z. Chen, Ł.J. Weseliński, K. Adil, Y. Belmabkhout, A. Shkurenko, H. Jiang, P.M. Bhatt, V. Guillerm, E. Dauzon, D.-X. Xue, M. O’Keeffe, M. Eddaoudi, “Applying the power of reticular chemistry to finding the missing alb-MOF platform based on the (6,12)-coordinated edge-transitive net,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 3265-3274.

A. Cadiau, K. Adil, Y. Belmabkhout, P. M. Bhatt, M. Eddaoudi, A metal-organic framework–based splitter for separating propylene from propane, Science 2016, 353, 137-140.


Pingyun Feng

Pingyun Feng is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at UC Riverside, USA. She has made a series of important contributions to MOF design, synthesis and functional applications, especially gas storage and separations. In 2017, Pingyun was awarded ACS F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry 2017.


Recent publications:

Xiang Zhao, Xianhui Bu,Edward Nguyen, Quan-Guo Zhai, Chengyu Mao, Pingyun Feng, “Multivariable Modular Design of Pore Space Partition,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 15102-15105.

Q-G Zhai, X. Bu, C. Mao, X. Zhao, L. Daemen, Y. Cheng, A. J Ramirez-Cuesta, P. Feng, An Ultra-Tunable Platform for Molecular Engineering of High-Performance Crystalline Porous Materials, Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 13645.

Quan-Guo Zhai, Xianhui Bu, Chengyu Mao, Xiang Zhao, and Pingyun Feng,  “Systematic and Dramatic Tuning on Gas Sorption Performance in Heterometallic MOFs,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 2524-2527.

Donglin Jiang

Donglin Jiang is a Professor of Chemistry at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan. He has made seminal contributions to the design, synthesis and applications of covalent-organic frameworks (COFs). In 2017, Donglin received the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work.


Recent publications:

E. Jin, M. Asada, Q. Xu, S. Dalapati, M. A. Addicoat, M. A. Brady, H. Xu, T. Nakamura, T. Heine, Q. Chen, and D. Jiang, ‘Two-Dimensional sp2 Carbon–Conjugated Covalent Organic Frameworks’  Science, 2017, 357, 673-676.
H. Xu, S. Tao & D. Jiang, ‘Proton Conduction in Crystalline and Porous Covalent Organic Frameworks’ Nature Mater. 2016, 15, 722-726.
H. Xu, J. Gao & D. Jiang, ‘Stable, Crystalline, Porous, Covalent Organic Frameworks as a Platform for Chiral Organocatalysts,’ Nature Chem. 2015, 7, 905-912.

Berend Smit

Berend Smit has joint Professorial appointments at UC Berkeley (USA), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory USA) and EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland). His research focuses on the development and application of novel molecular simulation techniques to porous materials, with an emphasis on energy-related applications.


Recent publications:

M. Witman, S. Ling, S. Jawahery, P. Boyd, M. Haranczyk, B. Slater, and B. Smit, ‘The Influence of Intrinsic Framework Flexibility on Adsorption in Nanoporous Materials,’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5547.

S. Jawahery, C. M. Simon, E. Braun, M. Witman, D. Tiana, B. Vlaisavljevich, and B. Smit, ‘Adsorbate-induced lattice deformation in IRMOF-74 series,’ Nature Commun. 2017, 8, 13945.

C. M. Simon, E. Braun, C. Carraro, and B. Smit, ‘Statistical mechanical model of gas adsorption in porous crystals with dynamic moieties,’ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2017, 114, E287.

Opening Address

Omar Yaghi


After-Dinner Speaker

Susumu Kitagawa


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