I Have Always Been Very Interested in the Beauty of Molecules

  • Author: Vera Koester, Jasmin Herr, Johanna Rath
  • Published: 01 September 2021
  • Associated Societies: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Germany

Omar M. Yaghi, University of California, Berkeley, USA, has received the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the GDCh for his outstanding work on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). In addition, Yaghi pioneered molecular "weaving" and synthesized the world's first atomic- and molecular-level woven material (COF-505).

We met Omar M. Yaghi at the GDCh office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, for this interview and talked about his research including the discovery of MOFs, his commitment to supporting young academics, especially in emerging and developing countries, and our responsibility as scientists.

For details on Omar M. Yaghi's research and on the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal, please also see "August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal for Omar M. Yaghi".


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