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William Dichtel

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University

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 William Dichtel Biography

William Dichtel is a chemist whose innovations in synthetic and supramolecular chemistry hold promise for bringing a new class of nanostructured materials out of the lab and into daily use. Dichtel has pioneered the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs), which are formed from molecules with specific shapes that simultaneously polymerize (combine to form larger molecules that contain repeating structural units) and assemble into ordered two-dimensional grids or three-dimensional scaffolds. The tiny pores of COFs confer extremely high surface area—approaching that of a football field per gram of the polymer—making them of interest for molecular separations, sensing trace substances, storing chemical fuels or electrical charge, and purifying water, among other potential applications.

The first COFs contained simple building blocks lacking interesting functions as well as linkages that degrade rapidly in water, and they were formed as insoluble powders not easily processed into devices. If unaddressed, these attributes would relegate COFs to academic curiosities. Dichtel and his group overcame these challenges by introducing functional monomers, such as those capable of absorbing visible light or accepting and releasing electrons reversibly, into COF structures, thus demonstrating their potential in, for example, organic photovoltaic devices and batteries. To address the difficulties in processing COFs into devices, Dichtel formed thin layers of COFs directly onto surfaces by using a sheet of graphene to direct their polymerization, thereby providing a general means to connect these materials to electrodes.

Despite their promise, much remains unknown about the molecular-level details of how COFs polymerize and crystallize. Dichtel and his group have developed new methods to study the mechanism of COF formation and have already challenged long-standing but untested assumptions about expanding the concept of polymerization in two and three dimensions. Dichtel’s breadth of expertise, ranging from small molecule organic chemistry to materials and device fabrication, and his pioneering demonstration of COFs with unprecedented functionality and improved stability have made him a leading figure in chemistry.

William Dichtel received a B.S. (2000) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. (2005) from the University of California at Berkeley. He had a joint appointment as a research associate (2005–2008) at the University of California at Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology before joining the faculty of Cornell University, where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. His scientific papers have appeared in such journals as Science, Nature Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie, among others.

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William Dichtel

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University

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William Dichtel Biography

William Dichtel is a chemist whose innovations in synthetic and supramolecular chemistry hold promise for bringing a new class of nanostructured materials out of the lab and into daily use. Dichtel has pioneered the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs), which are formed from molecules with specific shapes that simultaneously polymerize (combine to form larger molecules that contain repeating structural units) and assemble into ordered two-dimensional grids or three-dimensional scaffolds. The tiny pores of COFs confer extremely high surface area—approaching that of a football field per gram of the polymer—making them of interest for molecular separations, sensing trace substances, storing chemical fuels or electrical charge, and purifying water, among other potential applications.

The first COFs contained simple building blocks lacking interesting functions as well as linkages that degrade rapidly in water, and they were formed as insoluble powders not easily processed into devices. If unaddressed, these attributes would relegate COFs to academic curiosities. Dichtel and his group overcame these challenges by introducing functional monomers, such as those capable of absorbing visible light or accepting and releasing electrons reversibly, into COF structures, thus demonstrating their potential in, for example, organic photovoltaic devices and batteries. To address the difficulties in processing COFs into devices, Dichtel formed thin layers of COFs directly onto surfaces by using a sheet of graphene to direct their polymerization, thereby providing a general means to connect these materials to electrodes.

Despite their promise, much remains unknown about the molecular-level details of how COFs polymerize and crystallize. Dichtel and his group have developed new methods to study the mechanism of COF formation and have already challenged long-standing but untested assumptions about expanding the concept of polymerization in two and three dimensions. Dichtel’s breadth of expertise, ranging from small molecule organic chemistry to materials and device fabrication, and his pioneering demonstration of COFs with unprecedented functionality and improved stability have made him a leading figure in chemistry.

William Dichtel received a B.S. (2000) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. (2005) from the University of California at Berkeley. He had a joint appointment as a research associate (2005–2008) at the University of California at Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology before joining the faculty of Cornell University, where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. His scientific papers have appeared in such journals as Science, Nature Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie, among others.

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  • How much does it cost to book William Dichtel?

    Booking fees for William Dichtel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Dichtel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Dichtel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Dichtel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Dichtel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Dichtel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Dichtel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William Dichtel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Dichtel for your event is available upon request. William Dichtel generally travels from Ithaca, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mas Subramanian, John Novembre, Penny Chisholm, Fabian Hemmert and Paula T. Hammond. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Dichtel for an upcoming event.

William Dichtel Speaker Videos

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    Chemist William Dichtel, 2015 MacArthur Fellow - YouTube

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