Distinguished Speaker Series:
Fernando Uribe-Romo, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Abstract: Scientists are now working on ways to replicate the effects of photosynthesis in non-organic materials. Climate change is found to be directly caused by carbon dioxide emissions as a result of human activity. New advanced and cost-effective materials that remove CO2 from the atmosphere are an imminent need.
This presentation will focus on the creation of materials known as metal-organic framework (MOFs) that can capture large amounts CO2 and transform it into high value chemicals using sunlight (a.k.a solar fuel). The MOFs are constructed from inexpensive and abundant elements (titanium, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen), and can transform CO2 with efficiency similar to photosynthesis (2%). Large-scale application of MOF photocatalysts for artificial photosynthesis can help reduce the carbon footprint of powerplants and fight global warming.
Biography: Fernando Uribe-Romo is an assistant professor of chemistry at UCF. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California – L.A. His research group investigates the synthesis of framework materials for applications in alternate energy systems. Efforts are focused in the design of organic and inorganic molecular components with known solution-state properties to be incorporated in solid state materials in the form of metal-organic and covalent-organic frameworks. These molecular components will provide the frameworks the ability to perform physicochemical relevant to alternate energy such as photocatalysis, electric and ionic conductivity, and non-linear optical activity. His lab group comprises a variety of chemistry and materials science sub disciplines, such as organic, inorganic, organometallic and solid-state synthesis, crystallography, materials characterization, electrochemistry, photonics, catalysis and computational design and theory.