Developing New Nanoporous Materials for Practical Applications Using Computational Modeling: How Close Is the Dream to Reality?
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
12 PM, Thursday, April 6th, 2017
1062 Bainer Hall
Abstract: Nanoporous materials such as zeolite or metal-organic frameworks have many potential applications, including as adsorbents and active components in membranes for chemical separations. The ability to use computational modeling in a genuinely predictive way to develop new nanoporous materials for targeted applications has been a long standing goal (dream?) in the research community. I will talk about how recent advances are bringing this goal within reach and what opportunities and barriers exist with these approaches in the future.
Biography: David Sholl is the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. David’s research uses computational materials modeling to accelerate development of new materials for energy-related applications, including generation and storage of gaseous and liquid fuels and chemicals and carbon dioxide mitigation. He has published over 300 papers. He has also written a textbook on Density Functional Theory, a quantum chemistry method that is widely applied through the physical sciences and engineering. David is a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir. More information on David’s research group is available from www.chbe.gatech.edu/sholl