Professor Omar Yaghi, a world renowned chemist, was born in Amman, Jordan in 1965. He was an exceptionally bright pupil since his childhood. At the age of 15, he moved to the USA to pursue college education. Initially, he entered Hudson Valley Community College then transferred to the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, New York, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. Thereafter, he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from which he obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1990 and was subsequently awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship by the National Science Foundation at Harvard University.
Professor Yaghi joined the teaching staff of Arizona State University from 1992-1998; the University of Michigan from 1999-2006 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 2007-2012. In 2012, he was appointed to the first James and Neeltje Trettor Chair of Chemistry at the University of California in Berkley and Co-Director of Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute California Research Alliance by BASF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Materials Sciences Division).
Professor Yaghi has made seminal contributions in the field of metal organic frameworks (MOFs). In the last two decades, he developed MOFs through highly innovative approaches to construct novel materials, and explored their applications in various fields, including encapsulation of bio-molecules, and capturing of gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen. His outstanding contributions have gained him numerous awards and honors. For his early accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials, he was recognized by the Solid State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Association and Exxon Company in 1998, and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society in 1999. For his ground-breaking research on hydrogen storage, the monthly magazine Popular Science has placed him – in 2006 – among the ten most brilliant scientists and engineers in the United States. In 2007, Professor Yaghi received the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award. He was also awarded the Material Research Society’s Medal for his pioneering research into the theory, design, synthesis and applications of MOFs, and the Newcomb-Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the best paper published in Science in 2007. In 2009, he received the Chemistry of Materials Award of the American Chemical Society.
Professor Yaghi was selected from among 6000 chemists as the second most cited chemist in the world. During the first ten years of this Century, he published around 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals, with a total of more than 60,000 citations.
Professor Omar Yaghi has made seminal contributions in the field of metal organic frameworks (MOFs). In the last two decades, he developed MOFs through innovative approaches to construct novel materials and explored their applications in various fields, including encapsulation of bio-molecules, and capturing of gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen.