Fernando Pérez

BIDMaP Faculty Fernando Pérez honored by NASA with the Exceptional Public Service Award

On April 24, 2024, Fernando Pérez, the BIDS Faculty Director, was honored with the 2023 Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA. This prestigious recognition is awarded to non-government individuals for their outstanding contributions to NASA's mission. Pérez received the award for his role in creating and leading the open-source Project...

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AI & Physical Sciences for Climate Innovation Symposium

This symposium aims to bring together leading experts and thought leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and physical sciences, working on applications of AI for climate innovation, particularly focusing on areas in climate and weather and materials science for sustainability.

Omar Yaghi, Co-Director, BIDMaP

BIDMaP Chief Scientist Omar Yaghi awarded prestigious Solvay Prize

Prof. Omar Yaghi has been awarded the esteemed Science for the Future Ernest Solvay Prize by Syensqo. This accolade celebrates chemistry leaders whose breakthroughs are shaping the future of the field and humanity. Yaghi is being recognized for his pioneering work on reticular materials, including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent...

About BIDMaP

Cost-efficient climate change

The Bakar Institute of Digital Materials for the Planet (BIDMaP) aims to speed up the development of reticular chemistry and modular structures for achieving cost-efficient, easily deployable ultra-porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs).

These programs will help limit and address the impacts of climate change and extend to downstream technologies like conversion of CO2 to clean fuels, biodegradable polymers, enzymes, and pharmaceuticals. BIDMaP brings together top computation and machine learning experts with chemistry and other physical science researchers to exploit the vast potential these reticular structures have in achieving clean air, clean energy, and clean water.

A new frontier

MOFs are crystalline structures in which a combination of multi-metal units and organic linkers are stitched together by strong bonds to make frameworks encompassing ultra-high surface areas (up to 7,000 square meters per gram of MOF material), folded and compacted into tiny spaces.

Each of the more than 100,000 frameworks in existence can selectively attract, filter, store or release specific molecules like carbon dioxide and water, operating in different environments and with high precision.

COFs are yet another class of ultra-porous crystals made entirely from strongly bonded organic molecules with no metals; their versatility offers another frontier in applications for electronics and climate-related catalytic conversions of carbon dioxide.