Omar Yaghi awarded 2018 Wolf Prize

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Professor Omar Yaghi awarded the 2018 Wolf Prize The Wolf Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry, Omar M. Yaghi, for “pioneering reticular chemistry via metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).” Omar shares this year’s prize with Makoto Fujita from the University of Tokyo.

Yaghi’s research into MOFs, COFs, and ZIFs (zeolitic imidazolate frameworks) is the seed that has grown into a new chemistry now sweeping the world, with hundreds of laboratories pursuing fresh applications for these porous materials. The new Wolf laureate has counted to date more than 70,000 varieties of developed crystalline materials based on reticular chemistry, which he defines as stitching molecules together by strong bonds into open frameworks.

Yaghi will join other laureates, including Sir Paul McCartney at an induction ceremony later this year in Israel.