Meet Our Founder
Breakthrough thinking. And a commitment to a cleaner future. Introducing Prof. Omar Yaghi.
Prof. Omar Yaghi
The founder of reticular chemistry and one of the most cited chemists in the world. Since 2012, Prof. Omar Yaghi has been the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute, as well as the Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute and the California Research Alliance by BASF. Additionally, from 2009 to 2016, he was the head of the Center for Reticular Materials at NIMs, Tsukuba, Japan.
Prof. Omar Yaghi received more than 55 prestigious global awards and medals throughout his celebrated career, including the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2017; the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2018; the Gregory Aminoff Prize in 2019; and the VinFuture Prize in 2022.
Among his inventions, Prof. Omar Yaghi is famously known for his invention of MOF and COF as well as molecular weaving technologies.
Among his inventions, Prof. Omar Yaghi is famously known for his invention of MOF and COF as well as molecular weaving technologies, which helps in achieving cleaner air, cleaner energy, and cleaner water.
He demonstrated the ability to design and develop novel materials, with atomic processions, that can be used for the capture, storage, separation, and controlled chemistry of a wide range of gases and molecules. The technology has a wide range of potential applications in support of the transition towards zero net carbon, purification, catalysis, and sensing.
Awards and Key Recognitions
Prof. Yaghi received more than 55 prestigious global awards and medals. The following awards are among the top awards received:
2022 – VinFuture Prize
2019 – Gregori Aminoff Prize
2018 – The Wolf Prize in Chemistry
2018 – BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award
2017 – Albert Einstein World Award