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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Monica So

Physical Chemistry/Material Science


CHEM 332 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 382 Integrated Chemistry Lab II


Ph.D. Northwestern University(opens in new window), 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.


  1. So M.C., Yoon S.W., Mackie N.D. (2019). "Strategies for Improving Solar Energy Conversion: Nanostructured Materials and Processing Techniques." in Atesin T., Bashir S., Liu J. (eds) Nanostructured Materials for Next-Generation Energy Storage and Conversion.  Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 111-135.
  2. Yoon, S.*; Calvo, J. J.*;  So, M.C.  Removal of Acid Orange 7 from Aqueous Solution by Metal-Organic Frameworks. (opens in new window)Crystals,  20199(1), 17. 
  3. Cherrette, V. L.*; Hutcherson, C. J.*; Barnett, J. L.*;  So, M. C.  Fabrication and Characterization of Perovskite Solar Cells: An Integrated Laboratory Experience​(opens in new window)J. Chem. Educ.,  2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00299.
  4. 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 concentration(opens in new window)Sensors IEEE2016, DOI:  10.1109/ICSENS.2016.7808592(opens in new window)
  5. 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​.(opens in new window)  Adv. Mater. Sci. Eng.2016, DOI: 10.1155/2016/4126163.
  6. 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.(opens in new window)  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20168, 24983. (^ = equal contribution)
  7. 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(opens in new window)."  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(opens in new window)."  Nature Commun., 20156, 8304. 
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.