Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Wilmer, Christopher E.
Chem/Petroleum Engineering
Wilmer, Christopher E.
Assistant Professor
Office: 903 Benedum Hall
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PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013

BASc in Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2007

Postdoctoral in Theoretical chemistry, Harvard University, 2013-2014

Computational materials discovery


Hypothetical materials

Molecular modeling

(2013) AIChE Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Graduate Student Award.

(2012) ACS Excellence in Graduate Research Award, Energy & Fuels.

(2012) Forbes' 30-under-30 in energy innovation.

(2012) Grand Prize, Rice Business Plan Competition.

(2012) Kleiner Perkins Clean Tech Innovation Prize.

(2011) NSF International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Winner.

(2011) Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Award.

Bae, Y., Liu, J., Wilmer, C.E., Sun, H., Dickey, A.N., Kim, M., Benin, A.I., Willis, R.R., Barpaga, D., LeVan, M.D., and Snurr, R., 2014, "The effect of pyridine modification of Ni-DOBDC on CO2 capture under humid conditions," Chemical Communications, vol.50, no.25, pp. 3296-3298.

Colón, Y.J., Fairén-Jiménez, D., Wilmer, C.E., and Snurr, R., 2014, "High-throughput screening of porous crystalline materials for hydrogen storage capacity near room temperature," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.118, no.10, pp. 5383-5389.

Gómez-Gualdrón, D.A., Wilmer, C.E., Farha, O.K., Hupp, J.T., and Snurr, R., 2014, "Exploring the limits of methane storage and delivery in nanoporous materials," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.118, no.13, pp. 6941-6951.

Karagiaridi, O., Bury, W., Fairén-Jiménez, D., Wilmer, C.E., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Hupp, J.T., and Farha, O.K., 2014, "Enhanced gas sorption properties and unique behavior toward liquid water in a pillared-paddlewheel metal-organic framework transmetalated with Ni(II)," Inorganic Chemistry, vol.53, no.19, pp. 10432-10436.

Kennedy, R.D., Clingerman, D.J., Morris, W.J., Wilmer, C.E., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Stern, C.L., O'Keeffe, M.A., Snurr, R., Hupp, J.T., Farha, O.K., and Mirkin, C.A., 2014, "Metallacarborane-based metal-organic framework with a complex topology," Crystal Growth and Design, vol.14, no.3, pp. 1324-1330.

Wilmer, C.E., Farha, O.K., Yildirim, T., Eryazici, I., Krungleviciute, V., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Snurr, R., and Hupp, J.T., 2013, "Gram-scale, high-yield synthesis of a robust metal-organic framework for storing methane and other gases," Energy and Environmental Science, vol.6, no.4, pp. 1158-1163.

Fernández, M., Woo, T., Wilmer, C.E., and Snurr, R., 2013, "Large-scale quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) analysis of methane storage in metal-organic frameworks," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol.117, no.15, pp. 7681-7689.

Kennedy, R.D., Krungleviciute, V., Clingerman, D.J., Mondloch, J.E., Peng, Y., Wilmer, C.E., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Snurr, R., Hupp, J.T., Yildirim, T., Farha, O.K., and Mirkin, C.A., 2013, "Carborane-based metal-organic framework with high methane and hydrogen storage capacities," Chemistry of Materials, vol.25, no.17, pp. 3539-3543.

Peng, Y., Srinivas, G.N., Wilmer, C.E., Eryazici, I., Snurr, R., Hupp, J.T., Yildirim, T., and Farha, O.K., 2013, "Simultaneously high gravimetric and volumetric methane uptake characteristics of the metal-organic framework NU-111," Chemical Communications, vol.49, no.29, pp. 2992-2994.

Son, H., Jin, S., Patwardhan, S.S., Wezenberg, S.J., Jeong, N., So, M., Wilmer, C.E., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Schatz, G.C., Snurr, R., Farha, O.K., Wiederrecht, G.P., and Hupp, J.T., 2013, "Light-harvesting and ultrafast energy migration in porphyrin-based metal-organic frameworks," Journal of The American Chemical Society, vol.135, no.2, pp. 862-869.

Wilmer, C.E., Farha, O.K., Bae, Y., Hupp, J.T., and Snurr, R., 2012, "Structure-property relationships of porous materials for carbon dioxide separation and capture," Energy and Environmental Science, vol.5, no.12, pp. 9849-9856.

Wilmer, C.E., Kim, K., and Snurr, R., 2012, "An extended charge equilibration method," Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol.3, no.17, pp. 2506-2511.

Wilmer, C.E., Leaf, M., Lee, C., Farha, O.K., Hauser, B.G., Hupp, J.T., and Snurr, R., 2012, "Large-scale screening of hypothetical metal-organic frameworks," Nature Chemistry, vol.4, no.2, pp. 83-89.

Farha, O.K., Wilmer, C.E., Eryazici, I., Hauser, B.G., Parilla, P.A., ONeill, K.J., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Nguyen, S., Snurr, R., and Hupp, J.T., 2012, "Designing higher surface area metal-organic frameworks: Are triple bonds better than phenyls?," Journal of The American Chemical Society, vol.134, no.24, pp. 9860-9863.

Farha, O.K., Eryazici, I., Jeong, N., Hauser, B.G., Wilmer, C.E., Sarjeant, A.A.N., Snurr, R., Nguyen, S., Yazaydin, A.Ö., and Hupp, J.T., 2012, "Metal-organic framework materials with ultrahigh surface areas: Is the sky the limit?," Journal of The American Chemical Society, vol.134, no.36, pp. 15016-15021.

Forgan, R.S., Smaldone, R.A., Gassensmith, J.J., Furukawa, H., Cordes, D.B., Li, Q., Wilmer, C.E., Botros, Y.Y., Snurr, R., Slawin, A.M.Z., and Stoddart, F.F.R., 2012, "Nanoporous carbohydrate metal-organic frameworks," Journal of The American Chemical Society, vol.134, no.1, pp. 406-417.

Gassensmith, J.J., Smaldone, R.A., Forgan, R.S., Wilmer, C.E., Cordes, D.B., Botros, Y.Y., Slawin, A.M.Z., Snurr, R., and Stoddart, F.F.R., 2012, "Polyporous metal-coordination frameworks," Organic Letters, vol.14, no.6, pp. 1460-1463.

Getman, R.B., Bae, Y., Wilmer, C.E., and Snurr, R., 2012, "Review and analysis of molecular simulations of methane, hydrogen, and acetylene storage in metal-organic frameworks," Chemical Reviews, vol.112, no.2, pp. 703-723.

Sikora, B.J., Wilmer, C.E., Greenfield, M.L., and Snurr, R., 2012, "Thermodynamic analysis of Xe/Kr selectivity in over 137000 hypothetical metal-organic frameworks," Chemical Science, vol.3, no.7, pp. 2217-2223.

Wilmer, C.E., and Snurr, R., 2011, "Towards rapid computational screening of metal-organic frameworks for carbon dioxide capture: Calculation of framework charges via charge equilibration," Chemical Engineering Journal, vol.171, no.3, pp. 775-781.

Walker, D.A., Wilmer, C.E., Kowalczyk, B., Bishop, K.J.M., and Grzybowski, B.A., 2010, "Precision assembly of oppositely and like-charged nanoobjects mediated by charge-induced dipole interactions," Nano Letters, vol.10, no.6, pp. 2275-2280.

Bishop, K.J.M., Wilmer, C.E., Soh, S., and Grzybowski, B.A., 2009, "Nanoscale forces and their uses in self-assembly," Small, vol.5, no.14, pp. 1600-1630.

Grzybowski, B.A., Wilmer, C.E., and Fialkowski, M., 2009, "Mechanical and electrical properties of nanostructured 'plastic metals'," Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, vol.355, no.24-27, pp. 1313-1317.

Grzybowski, B.A., Wilmer, C.E., Kim, J., Browne, K.P., and Bishop, K.J.M., 2009, "Self-assembly: From crystals to cells," Soft Matter, vol.5, no.6, pp. 1110-1128.

Grzybowski, B.A., Bishop, K.J.M., Kowalczyk, B., and Wilmer, C.E., 2009, "The 'wired' universe of organic chemistry," Nature Chemistry, vol.1, no.1, pp. 31-36.

2014, "Efficient gas storage and separation," Solve-for-X, Mountainview, CA, USA.

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Chief (and founding) editor