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Prof. Mircea Dincă
Prof. Mircea Dincă Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


​Mircea Dincă was born in Făgăraş, a small Transylvanian town in central Romania. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2003, and did his graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. At Berkeley, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of microporous metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen storage under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey R. Long. After a two-year stint as a postdoctoral associate working on heterogeneous electrocatalytic water splitting with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera at MIT, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in July 2010. For his research on microporous materials with applications in energy storage, conversion, and heterogeneous catalysis, he was awarded the US Department of Energy Young Investigator Award in 2011, a TR35 award from MIT's Technology Review recognizing the most promising inventors in the world under the age of 35, the Sloan Fellowship and Cottrell Award in 2014, and the NSF CAREER and Exxon Solid State Award in 2015. In 2016, he was named a Dreyfus Teacher Scholar and was selected for the Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF's most prestigious award in all sciences and engineering to any single person under the age of 35.

All sessions by Prof. Mircea Dincă

  • Day 4Thursday, February 23rd
Session 6: Advanced Porous Functional Materials/Modeling III
9:30 am

Open Metal Sites in MOFs: Applications in Gas Sorption & Catalysis

The metal nodes of metal-organic frameworks are electronically isolated from their neighbors. They thus behave as molecular units, and display molecular reactivity. They are, however, also site-isolated, which makes them ideal for mimicking enzymatic reactivity and engendering cooperative adsorption functions. When these properties are engineered in water-stable materials, the resulting MOFs can be used to adsorb water, ammonia, and other corrosive gases that many other materials struggle with. This presentation will discuss results on water and ammonia sorption in the context of water recovery and heat pumps, as well as novel applications of MOFs in industrially-relevant catalytic processes, as enabled by cation exchange, a mild and rational method to introduce catalytic centers at MOF nodes.

Level 0, between bld. 4 and 5 09:30 - 10:00 Details