Issue Date: February 16, 2009
ACS Award In The Chemistry Of Materials
Sponsored by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
Geometry is at the heart of chemistry, and in the work of Omar M. Yaghi, this year's winner, the marriage of chemical form and function is blatant and welcome. In his metal organic framework (MOF) crystals and related networklike structures, which Yaghi, 43, collectively refers to as reticular chemistry, geometry becomes beautifully real.
What's more, chances are good that it will become useful, technology-generating geometry, too. . . .
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