We were delighted to welcome Professor Michael O’Keeffe, Arizona State University to UL who delivered two lectures, a general public lecture on Thursday evening, 12th January entitled “Beautiful Geometry of Chemical Structure” and a research seminar on Friday 13th January entitled “Deconstructing the Structures of MOF’s”.
Professor Michael O’Keeffe is Regents Professor at Arizona State where he has held a faculty position since 1963. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. at Bristol. His research is mainly concerned the atomic and electronic structure and properties of crystalline inorganic solids. Recent work has focused on the geometry of periodic frameworks and its importance in crystal chemistry. Immediate goals are to design possible topologies, to evaluate which of these would serve as the basis for materials of interesting and useful properties (e.g. gas adsorption and catalytic properties), and to discover routes for their synthetic realization.
He has published over 300 papers (20 papers in Nature and 13 in Science) with >77,000 citations and a H-index of 97. He was listed at 3rd in the world in chemistry in citations/paper for the period 2000-2010.
He also met and knew John Desmond Bernal.