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The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture - William Dichtel

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 6:55 AM


The Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering is proud to announce that Dr. William Dichtel will be presenting the Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture on Monday, August 17, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Boston ACS Meeting. His talk is entitled, “The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers,” and a brief summary of his lecture can be found at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/fall-2015/program-overview/kavli-lecture-series.html



William Dichtel is an associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University. He received his BS In Chemistry from MIT and his PhD from UC-Berkeley under the mentorship of Jean M. J. Fréchet. Before moving to Cornell he was a postdoctoral researcher working jointly in the groups of Fraser Stoddart (then at UCLA) and Jim Heath (Caltech). Dichtel has made seminal contributions to the development of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) over the past decade. Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are porous polymers with periodic bonding in two or three dimensions. They are unique materials because of their low density, permanent porosity, and the predictability of their monomers organization. Dichtel developed a simple and general method to grow COFs as thin films on conductive substrates by using single-layer graphene as a template. His group also reported the first redox-¬-active 2D polymer, which stores electrical charge rapidly and reversibly. These and related materials have also shown promise for catalysis, sensing, and water purification applications.


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