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Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Connecting the Dots: New Materials to Meet Society's Needs


August 5-6, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Jennifer D. Lewis & William R. Gunther

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 8, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 5, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Nanoporous Materials and Their Applications is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the frontiers of the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanoporous materials. These materials include, but are not limited to, zeolites, metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs), porous carbon, and inorganic-organic hybrid materials. The topics that will be explored range from model guided studies to characterization methods to emerging applications with the goal of developing new materials to meet society's needs.

The poster sessions will provide additional opportunities for the presentation and discussion of important contributions to these fields.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 5, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Structure-Function Relationships in Nanoporous Materials
Discussion Leader: William Gunther (ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmOpening Remarks
3:55 pm - 4:20 pmGina Noh (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Structure-Function Relations for Microporous Solid Acids: Catalytic Consequences of Acid Strength and Confinement on Alkene Isomerization and β-Scission"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMetal Organic Frameworks and Porous Organic Cages: Design and Applications
Discussion Leader: Simon Pang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmPhillip Milner (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Diamine-Appended Metal-Organic Frameworks for Cooperative Carbon Dioxide Capture from Power Plants"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJessica Moreton (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Optimizing the MOF/Polymer Interface in Mixed-Matrix Membranes"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMarcin Miklitz (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"A Rational Design of Porous Organic Cages: A Computational Study of Xe/Kr Selectivity and C60 Fullerene Encapsulation"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAdam Rieth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Atmospheric Fresh Water Capture and Heat Transfer at the Limit of Reversibility"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amZeolites: Structure and Performance
Discussion Leader: Sebastian Prodinger (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amViktor Cybulskis (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Structure-Property Relationships for Unidimensional, Large and Extra-Large Pore Zeolites Using Alkane Hydrocracking and Hydroisomerization as Probe Reactions"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMansi Shah (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Zeolites for Ethane/Ethylene Separation: Computational Discoveries"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJohn Di Iorio (Purdue University, USA)
"Synthetic Approaches to Control Framework Al Arrangement in CHA and MFI Zeolites"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJoel Schmidt (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"Nanoscale Elemental Reconstructions of Zeolite Catalysts Using Atom Probe Tomography"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmAdvanced Characterization Techniques for Nanoporous Materials
Discussion Leader: Hoyoung Park (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmZhehao Huang (Stockholm University, Sweden)
"Structural Determination of Nanoporous Materials by Rotation Electron Diffraction"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmPit Losch (Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Germany)
"Localizing Protons / Active Sites in Nanoporous Solids"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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