ICDD Scholarship Newsletter - August 2017

Gokhan Barin
Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship
2011 & 2012 Scholarship Program Recipient

Gokhan Barin

Impact of the Scholarship

I was privileged to receive such a valuable scholarship twice and would like to particularly thank the donors for making this opportunity possible for young scientists. The Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship had a significant impact on my career path, and I am glad to see the outcome that it helped shape. I should mention that I was trained as an organic and supramolecular chemist during my PhD. After receiving this scholarship for the first time, however, I was intrigued to learn more about solid-state chemistry and characterization techniques, which has been an integral part of my research since then, as well as broadened my interests into new research areas. It also allowed me to present my work to audiences from various different backgrounds through conferences that the funds from this scholarship made happen. I would probably not find myself in a setting like this otherwise. This experience further catalyzed my interest in materials science and I decided to pursue research on porous materials in my postdoctoral work. The overall experience has been invaluable for me, and I am thankful for this honor.

Professional Pursuits
I received my PhD in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 2012, under the supervision of Sir Fraser Stoddart where I developed multistate switchable molecular architectures based on organic radicals and explored their functionality and operation in solid-state platforms. I then joined the group of Prof. Joseph Hupp and Prof. Omar Farha at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow for almost a year and worked on porous organic/inorganic materials for natural gas storage. I am currently a Miller Research Fellow (since 2013) in the Department of Chemistry hosted by Prof. Jeffrey Long and the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My current research interests involve fundamental understanding and development of porous materials in order to address challenges in energy, health, and environment related applications. Particular examples include the efficient removal of toxic gases for enhanced chemical protection and capture/detection of metal ions for diagnostic purposes. In the future, my goal is to continue working on these problems and try to find innovative solutions with new materials.

Selected Publications 
Barin, G.; Krungleviciute, V.; Gutov, O.; Hupp, J. T.; Yildirim, T.; Farha, O. K. “Defect Creation by Linker Fragmentation in Metal-Organic Frameworks and Its Effects on Gas Uptake Properties” Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 6914–6919.
Barin, G.; Krungleviciute, V.; Gomez-Gualdron, D. A.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Snurr, R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.; Yildirim, T.; Farha, O. K. “Isoreticular Series of (3,24)-Connected Metal-Organic Frameworks: Facile Synthesis and High Methane Uptake Properties” Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 1912–1917.

Barin, G.; Frasconi, M.; Dyar, S. M.; Iehl, J.; Buyukcakir, O.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Carmieli, R.; Coskun, A.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Stoddart, J. F. “Redox-Controlled Selective Docking in a [2]Catenane Host” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2466–2469.

Coskun, A.; Hmadeh, M.; Barin, G.; Gandara, F.; Li, Q.; Choi, E.; Stoddart, J. F.; Sauvage, J.-P.; Yaghi, O. M. “Metal-Organic Frameworks Incorporating Copper-Complexed Rotaxanes” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2160–2163.
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Selected Awards
Miller Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2013–2016.
Young Scholar Award, Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA), 2016.
Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, International Centre for Diffraction Data, 2011 and 2012.


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