Omar M. Yaghi, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, was the recipient of the John C. Bailar Jr. Medal award on March 2017 by University of Illinois.
MSTF Media reports:
This award which supported by “john and florence bailar fund” has been presented to Prof. Yaghi – the second most cited chemist in the world – in recognition of his pioneering and significant research in the chemistry of Metal-Organic Frameworks.
The award is made yearly to scientists who have distinguished themselves in an area of inorganic chemical research. More recently, Prof. Yaghi, 52, was also awarded the 2015 Mustafa(pbuh) Prize - the top science and technology award of Islam world- in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for “extensive research in the field of MOFs and clean energy”.
Prof. Yaghi is widely known for inventing several extensive classes of new materials termed metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks. These materials have the highest surface areas and low densities, are useful in clean-energy technologies.
As the Founding Director of the “Center for Global Science” at Berkeley and the Co-Director of the “Kavli Nanoscience Institute,” Prof. Yaghi has published over 250 articles, which have received an average of over 300 citations per paper. He is listed among the top five most highly cited chemists worldwide. His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science Magazine, which listed him among the ‘Brilliant 10′ scientists and engineers in USA.
Some of his recent honors and awards include: Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for extensive research in the field of MOFs and clean energy (2015), King Faisal International Prize in Science for seminal contributions to metal-organic frameworks (2015), Turkish Academy of Sciences Prize in Basic and Engineering Sciences for establishing Reticular Chemistry (2016), and Royal Society of Chemistry Spiers Memorial Award for pioneering the conceptual and experimental basis of crystalline metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks (2017).