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Schoedel, Alexander

Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences

Personal Overview

Alexander Schoedel was born in Munich, Germany and obtained his Diploma degree (M.S. equiv.) from the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (2009) with Prof. Thomas Bein. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida (2014) with Prof. Michael J. Zaworotko and was then working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Omar M. Yaghi. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Florida Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2016.

Educational Background

Pre-Diploma (B.S. equiv.), University of Munich, Germany - 2005

Diploma (M.S. equiv.), University of Munich, Germany - 2009 (Advisor: Prof. Thomas Bein)

Ph.D., University of South Florida, USA - 2014 (Advisor: Prof. Michael J. Zaworotko)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA - 2016 (Advisor: Prof. Omar M. Yaghi)

Recognition & Awards

2015 - Reaxys® PhD Prize Finalist

2014 - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2013 - Fred L. & Helen M. Tharp Endowed Scholarship

2011 - Fred L. & Helen M. Tharp Endowed Scholarship

2010 - Center for 21st Century Teaching Excellence Certificate, University of South Florida (USF)

Current Courses

CHM1101 - General Chemistry 1 (Fall 2016 - present)

CHM4611 - Advanced Lab Techniques (Spring 2018 - present)

CHM5900 - Chemistry Graduate Seminar (Spring 2018 - present)

Professional Experience

2016 - present Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Florida Institute of Technology, USA

2014 - 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Current Research

Our research interests concern inorganic chemistry and material science with a focus on reticular chemistry, where inorganic and organic building units are stitched together into extended frameworks by strong bonds. This approach leads to the synthesis of porous crystals, in particular metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), that can be designed from first principles and show unprecedented surface area up to 10,000 m2/g.

MOFs are ideally suited to address the global energy problem by providing solutions to clean energy applications, most importantly the capture of carbon dioxide from power plants or from air, or the storage of alternative fuels such as methane or ultimately hydrogen.

Another research area that is pursued in the Schoedel laboratory is the discovery of novel classes of porous materials that overcome current limitations and open up a broad, new spectrum of potential applications. Such materials are explored through new strategies of binding building blocks together to create materials with superior properties.

For more information on current research projects, please visit our group website.

Selected Publications

Structures of Metal-Organic Frameworks with Rod Secondary Building Units. A. Schoedel, M. Li, D. Li, M. O'Keeffe*, O. M. Yaghi Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 12466-12535.

The role of metal-organic frameworks in a carbon-neutral energy cycle. A. Schoedel, Z. Ji, O. M. Yaghi* Nat. Energy 2016, 1, 16034-16046.

[M33-O)(O2CR)6] and Related Trigonal Prisms: Versatile Molecular Building Blocks for Crystal Engineering of Metal‐Organic Material Platforms. A. Schoedel, M. J. Zaworotko* Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 1269-1282.

For a full list of publications, please visit our group website.