Monica So

portrait of Monica SoPhysical Chemistry/Material Science

Phone: 530-898-6554
Office: PHSC 304
Campus ZIP: 210
Department Phone: 530-898-5259
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CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 382 Integrated Chemistry Lab II

Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
B.S. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Research Interests
My research interests are founded on the science of functional supramolecular materials both in bulk and on surfaces and their use for solar conversion schemes.


12. Hajimorad, M.; Alhloul, A.; ​Mustafa, H.;  So, M.C.; Oswal, H. V. Application of polypyrrole-based selective electrodes in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine nitrate concentrationSensors IEEE2016, DOI: 10.1109/ICSENS.2016.7808592

11. Barnett, J. L.; Cherrette, V. L.; Hutcherson, C. J.; So, M. C. Effects of Solution-Based Fabrication Conditions on Morphology of Lead Halide Perovskite Thin Film Solar Cells​. Adv. Mater. Sci. Eng.2016, DOI: 10.1155/2016/4126163.

10. Park, H. J.^, So, M. C.^; ​Gosztola, D. J.; Wiederrecht, G. P.; Emery, J.; Martinson, A. B. F.; Er, S.; Wilmer, C. E.; Vermeulen, N. E.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Stoddart, J. F.; Farha, O.K.; Hupp, J. T. Layer-by-Layer Assembled Films of Perylene Diimide- and Squaraine-Containing Metal-Organic Framework-like Materials: Solar Energy Capture and Directional Energy Transfer. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20168, 24983. (^ = equal contribution)

9. Beyzavi, M. H.; Vermeulen, N. A.; So, M. C.; Zhang, K.; Kung, C.W.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. K. "Liquid-phase epitaxially grown metal-organic framework thin films for efficient tandem catalysis through site-isolation of catalytic centers." ChemPlusChem., 2016, 81, 708.

8. Hod, I.; Deria, P.; Bury, W.; Mondloch, J.; Kung, C-W.; So, M. C.; Farha, O.; Hupp, J. T. “A Porous, Proton Relaying, Metal-Organic Framework Material that Accelerates Electrochemical H2 Evolution." Nature Commun., 20156, 8304. 

7. So, M. C.; Wiederrecht, G.; Mondloch, J.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. "Metal–organic framework materials for light-harvesting and energy transfer." Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 3501-3510.

6. So, M.; Beyzavi, H.; Sawhney, R.*; Shekhah, O.; Eddaoudi, M.; Al-Juaid, S. S.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. “Post-Assembly Transformations of Porphyrin-Containing Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Films Fabricated via Automated Layer-by-Layer Coordination,” Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 85-88.

5. Hod, I.; Bury, W.; Karlin, D. M.; Deria, P.; Kung, C. W.; Katz, M. J.; So, M.; Klahr, B.; Jin, D.;Chung, Y. W.; Odom, T. W.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. “Directed Growth of Electroactive Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films Using Electrophoretic Deposition.” Adv. Mater., 2014, 26, 6295-6300.

4. Nguyen, H. G. T.; Schweitzer, N. M.; Chang, C., Drake, T. L.; So, M.; Stair, P. C.; Farha, Omar K.; Hupp, J. T., Nguyen, S. T., “Vanadium-node-functionalized UiO-66: a thermally stable MOFsupported catalyst for the gas-phase oxidative dehydrogenation of cyclohexene,” ACS Catal., 2014, 4, 2496.

3. So, M.; Jin, S.; Wiederrecht, G. P.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. J. “Layer-by-Layer Fabrication of Oriented Porous Thin Films Based on Porphyrin-Containing Metal-Organic Frameworks,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135,15698.

2. Son, H-J.; Jin, S.; Patwardhan, S.; Wezenburg, S.; Jeong, N. C.; So, M.; Wilmer, C.; Snurr, R. Q.; Wiederrecht, G.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T. “Light-Harvesting and Ultrafast Energy Migration in Porphyrin-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 862-869.

1. Tassone, C. J. Ayzner, A. L. Kennedy, R. D.; Halim, M.; So, M.; Rubin, Y.; Tolbert, S. H.; Schwartz, B. J. “Using Pentaarylfullerenes to Understand Network Formation in Conjugated Polymer-Based Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 2011, 115 (45), 22563-22571.