Department of Chemistry

Abraham Clearfield Symposium "A Life in Crystallography"

November 9, 2017

The Forum, Rudder Theater Complex

Professor Abraham Clearfield has been a luminary in the field of materials science for more than 60 years and has touched the lives of many students, postdocs, colleagues and friends during this time. We invite Clearfield family, friends, students and postdocs to honor him on what will be his 90th birthday. The celebration will begin with the Clearfield Symposium, a full day of outstanding lectures by Clearfield’s colleagues, collaborators and alumni, representing sectors from the academia and industry and will culminate with a Dinner celebration.

While the symposium will be free of charge we would like to ask for your contribution to help covering the event cost. Dinner Reception is $50.00 per person.

 Register for the Abraham Clearfield Symposium

If you would like to make a donation to the Symposium or to another impact opportunity in Dr. Clearfield's honor, please visit the Department of Chemistry's Giving Opportunities.

Organizing Committee

  • Jorge L. Colón (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Agustín Diaz (REM Surface Engineering)
  • Luyi Sun (University of Connecticut)
  • Rita Silbernagel (BASF)
  • Atashi Mukherjee (BASF)
  • Angel Martí (Rice University)

Invited Speakers

Simon Billinge

Columbia University

Ernesto Brunet

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Marcetta Darensbourg

Texas A&M University

Santiago García Granda

Oviedo University-CINN

Jiang-Gao Mao

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Thomas E. Mallouk

Pennsylvania State University

Ahmad Moini

BASF Corporation

Monica Pica

University of Perugia

Hung-Jue Sue

Texas A&M University

Luyi Sun

University of Connecticut

Symposium Schedule November 9, 2017

The Forum, Rudder Theater Complex

8:00 am Coffee and Registration
8:30 am Opening Remarks
8:45 am Thomas Mallouk, Pennsylvania State University, “Assembly and Disassembly of Layered Materials
9:25 am Santiago García Granda, Oviedo University-CINN, “Metal Phosphates: Seeding in US and harvesting in Spain
10:05 am Special Video Presentation, Ernesto Brunet, “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
10:15 am Coffee Break
10:35 am Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A&M University, “Hydrogenase- and ACS-Inspired Bioorganometallic Chemistry
11:15 am Jiang-Gao Mao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, “New SHG Materials Based on Oxyanions of Lone Pair Containing Cations and Borates
11:55 am Lunch
1:00 pm Ahmad Moini, BASF, “Novel Zeolite Catalysts for Diesel Emission Applications
1:40 pm Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut, “Tailoring the Third Dimension in Layered Materials
2:20 pm Simon Billinge, Columbia University, “Real Materials Discovery in a Genomic world
3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:15 pm Monica Pica, University of Perugia, “From micro to nano: a fascinating journey into the world of nanometric zirconium phosphate compounds
3:55 pm Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University, “Self-assembly Phenomena of α-Zirconium Phosphate in Epoxy
4:35 pm Closing Remarks
7:00 pm Dinner at Phillips Event Center at Briarcrest