Omar Farha

Prof. Omar K. Farha is professor of chemistry at Northwestern University and an Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His current research spans diverse areas of chemistry and materials science ranging from energy to defense-related challenges.  Specifically, his research focuses on the rational design of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for applications sensing, catalysis, storage, separations and water purification. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors including a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Kuwait Prize, Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry “International award for creative work”; the Royal Society of Chemistry “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award; the American Chemical Society “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science; and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in his honor: the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry” and given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. Prof. Farha has more than 450 peer-reviewed publications, holds 16 patents,  53,000 citation and h-index of 110 (google Scholar), and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014 to 2019. Omar is the co-founder of NuMat Technologies, the first company to commercialize an engineered system level product enabled by Metal-Organic Framework Materials.