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The Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC) discovers and explores microporous and mesoporous materials, including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), zeolites, and porous polymer networks (PPNs). These materials find use as separation media and catalysts in many energy-relevant processes and their next generation computational design offers a high-payoff opportunity. Towards that end, the NMGC develops state-of-the-art predictive modeling tools and employs them to increase the pace of materials discovery. The NMGC provides a repository of experimental and predicted structures and associated properties for the rapidly growing scientific communities that are interested in using these materials in energy-relevant technologies.



October 26, 2015

Critical Factors Driving the High Volumetric Uptake of Methane in Cu3(btc)2
Researchers at University of California Berkeley and NIST have determined the underlying mechanistic reasons for the high methane volumetric uptake observed in the Cu3(btc)2 metal organic framework. This joint experimental and computational study highlights the importance of combining these techniques. Read full details of the study.


April 30, 2015

Transformation of Ethane to Ethanol
A collaborative work between the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of California, Berkeley, details the mechanism of oxidation of ethane to ethanol at iron(IV)–oxo sites in magnesium-diluted Fe2(dobdc). Read full details of the study.


March 17, 2015

New Material May Aid in Destruction of Chemical Weapons
A team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota have made a significant breakthrough with a new material that is robust and effective at destroying toxic nerve agents, as recently reported in Nature Materials.


March 11, 2015

New Adsorbents May Mitigate Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley, make breakthrough discovery into cost-effective and efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This study has been featured in Nature.

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This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences under Award DE-FG02-12ER16362.



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Recent News & Events

  2015 All-Hands Meeting

October 2, 2015 NMGC PIs, researchers, scientifc advisory board members, and DOE program officers convened in St. Paul, MN, on October 2-3 for the Center's annual All-Hands Meeting. More information is available on the meeting website.

  U of MN Professor Michael Tsapatsis Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 6, 2015 Professor Michael Tsapatsis has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Tsapatsis received the honor for design and synthesis of specialized nanomaterials, called zeolites, that are used for selective separation and reaction. His research group’s accomplishments include development of unique molecular sieves and membranes that are used to increase efficiencies in the chemical and petroleum processing industries. Read more.

Chemists Turn Key to New Energy Future

Pictured above: Laura Gagliardi and Don Truhlar

  June 27, 2014 Chemists turn key to new energy future. U chemists explain new reaction, demonstrating how quantum mechanics can help design more energy-efficient catalysts.U chemistry professors Laura Gagliardi and Don Truhlar, along with U graduate students and colleagues at UC Berkeley, took up this challenge by starting with the simpler but closely related problem of how to convert ethane—a two-carbon molecule—into ethanol at room temperature and pressure. In short, Berkeley built a catalyst and the U researchers used advanced computations to explain how it worked. Read more

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