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Michael O'Keeffe

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Emeritus Regents Professor and Research Professor

Michael O’Keeffe was born in Bury St Edmunds, England 3rd April, 1934, but became a citizen of the United States of America. He attended Bristol University, England. B.Sc. 1954; Ph. D., 1958 (mentor F. S. Stone). Postdoctoral Research Indiana University (mentor W. J. Moore). 1960-62. He joined Arizona State University in 1963, where he was a Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of Molecular Science.

His research interests included materials chemistry. Crystal chemistry. Special interest in geometry of periodic structures (nets, tilings, surfaces and weavings) and their relevance to materials design.

O'Keeffe published three books and more than 300 refereed papers. His was highly cited (over 100,000 citations and h over 100). 

Among his honors:the 2019 Gregori Aminoff Prize (Swedish Royal Academy); the Bernal Distinguished Lecturer, Limerick University, 2017; the World Class Professorship, KAIST, Korea, 2013; Newcomb Cleveland Prize (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 2007; Regents Professor, Arizona State University 1994; and ​D. Sc. “for excellence in published research”  Bristol University, 1976.

  • Ph. D. Bristol University, England 1958
  • B.Sc. Bristol University, England 1954

Research Interests: 

Materials chemistry. Crystal chemistry. Special interest in geometry of periodic structures (nets, tilings, surfaces and weavings) and their relevance to materials design.


Three books and over 300 refereed papers. Highly cited (over 100,000 citations and h  over 100)

Selected recent references

M. O’Keeffe, B. G. Hyde Crystal Structures: Patterns and Symmetry. Dover, in press (2019).

Q. Liu et al. Mesoporous Cages in Chemically Robust MOFs Created by a Large Number of Vertices with Reduced Connectivity. J. Am. Chem. Soc. in press (2018)

Y. Liu, M. O'Keeffe, Regular Figures, Minimal Transitivity, and Reticular Chemistry, Israel J. Chem.  58, 962-970 (2018).

H. Liang et al. Enriching the Reticular Chemistry Repertoire: Merged Nets Approach for the Rational Design of Intricate Mixed-linker MOF Platforms. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 8858-8867 (2018).

C. Bonneau et al. Deconstruction of Crystalline Networks into Underlying Nets: Relevance for Terminology Guidelines and Crystallographic Databases. Crystal Growth & Design 18, 3411-3418 (2018).

Y. Liu, M. O'Keeffe, M. M. J. Treacy, O. M. Yaghi, The geometry of periodic knots, polycatenanes and weaving from a chemical perspective: a library for reticular chemistry. Chem. Soc. Rev. 47, 4642-4664 (2018).

P. F. Muldoon et al. Programmable Topology in New Families of Heterobimetallic Metal–Organic Frameworks. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 8194-8198 (2018).

A. J. Howarth, P. Li, O. K. Farha, M. O’Keeffe. Bottom-Up Design and Generation of Complex Structures: A New Twist in Reticular Chemistry. Crystal Growth & Design 18, 449-455 (2018).

Z. Chen et al. Minimal edge-transitive nets for the design and construction of metal–organic frameworks. Faraday Discussions 201, 127-143 (2018).

A. J. Howarth et al. Bottom-up construction of a superstructure in a porous uranium-organic crystal. Science  356, 624-627 (2017).

E. V. Alexandrov, M. O’Keeffe, D. M. Proserpio, Two Exceptional Patterns of Helical Secondary Building Units Found in Metal–Organic Framework Structures. Crystal Growth & Design. 17, 2941-2944 (2017).

S. S. Park et al., The Organic Secondary Building Unit: Strong Intermolecular π Interactions Define Topology in MIT-25, a Mesoporous MOF with Proton-Replete Channels. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 3619-3622 (2017).

Z. Chen et al. Applying the Power of Reticular Chemistry to Finding the Missing alb-MOF Platform Based on the (6, 12)-Coordinated Edge-Transitive Net. J. Am. Chem. Soc,  139, 3265-3274 (2017).

D. Alezi et al. Reticular chemistry at its best: directed assembly of hexagonal building units into the awaited metal-organic framework with the intricate polybenzene topology, pbz-MOF. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 12781-12770 (2016).

A Schoedel et al. Structures of metal–organic frameworks with rod secondary building units. Chem. Rev. 116, 12466-12535 (2016).

A. K. Inge et al. Unprecedented topological complexity in a metal–organic framework constructed from simple building units. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1970-1978 (2016).