What Makes Metal–Organic Frameworks Beautiful?

Author: ChemistryViews.org

Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto University, Japan, talks about his research and explains what makes metal–organic frameworks so special.

He has received the Emanuel Merck Lectureship 2019 “for his pioneering scientific work in the field of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs)” by Merck and the University of Darmstadt. The prize, worth € 30,000, was presented during a public lecture at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, on May 13, 2019.

We met Susumu Kitagawa in the Historic Museum at Merck’s headquarter in Darmstadt for this video. A longer interview with Susumu Kitagawa is published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Issue 11, 2019: “Vom Nutzen des Nutzlosen”, Interview mit Susumu Kitagawa).

Susumu Kitagawa was born in Japan in 1951. He studied chemistry at Kyoto University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1979. He became Assistant Professor at Kindai University, Japan, in 1979. Susumu Kitagawa was promoted to Lecturer in 1983 and to Associate Professor in 1988. He joined Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, in 1992 as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and returned to Kyoto University as Professor in 1998. He has served there as Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences since 2013.

Among other awards, Susumu Kitagawa has received the Humboldt Research Prize in 2008, the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2009, and the 2017 Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize.  His research focuses on coordination chemistry and porous materials.

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