Schoedel Laboratory
Florida Institute of Technology

Schoedel Laboratory

About the Schoedel Laboratory

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, such as clean coal, i.e. the capture of carbon dioxide from power plants, or solutions to energy independence through 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.

Lab News


Welcome to Sahar Rajeh from Sacred Heart University who joins our group as a Ph.D. student.


Chemical Engineering student Garrett Sinotte has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis project. Welcome, Garrett!


Welcome to Hilda Posada from New York University who joins our group as a Ph.D. student.


Chemistry student Ryan Wheat has joined our group for an undergraduate thesis. Welcome, Ryan!


Our article on Two-Step Crystal Engineering using decorated Molecular Building Blocks has been accepted to CrystEngComm. It details that Cr3O(-COO)6 trimeric clusters can act as either trigonal prisms or octahedra and therefore spwan a huge structural diversity of nets. More here


Our review of MOFs with Rod Secondary Building units has been published in Chem. Rev. It contains over 120 carefully examined nets and describes new ways of deconstructing and analyzing rod MOF structures. More here.


New principles of Reticular Chemistry were uncovered in a MOF with Rod Secondary Building Units and a Heterotritopic Linker. The results have recently appeared in JACS. More here.


An extensive review of MOFs with Rod Secondary Building Units has been accepted for publication in Chem. Rev.


Dr. Alexander Schoedel
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, 217 OPS
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901, USA
(321) 674-7431

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