2023年11月16日，受天津大学李立强教授邀请，爱尔兰利莫瑞克大学Mike Zawarotko教授及纽约大学阿布扎比分校Panče Naumov教授在天津大学卫津路校区11教3层会议室开展了题目为“Why Crystals Will Save The World”和“The Dynamic Future of Molecular Crystals：A New Class of Engineering Materials”的线下学术报告。
报告中，Mike Zawarotko教授提到空气中的CO2，N2，H2O以及O2是我们的重要自然资源，若想有效利用这些自然资源进行可持续发展，可通过晶体清除（crystal clear）实现。Mike Zawarotko教授详细介绍了团队发现、开发的新型智能金属有机材料（MOM），利用其可实现能源可持续发展以及人类健康领域的科技前沿研究。报告后，Mike Zawarotko教授同参会师生就晶体工程的调控方面进行了深入探讨。
随后，Panče Naumov教授进行了学术报告。Panče Naumov教授首先介绍了材料科学的发展历程，并提及软体机器人是未来的发展方向。Panče Naumov教授接下来介绍了动态分子晶体的特征以及相关团队在动态分子晶体方面的研究进展及应用。报告后，Panče Naumov教授同参会师生就动态分子晶体的未来发展前景和应用方向进行了深入探讨。
Dr. Mike Zaworotko was born in Wales in 1956 and received his B. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College (1977) and the University of Alabama (1982), respectively. He served as a faculty member at Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1985-1998, at University of Winnipeg, Canada from 1998-1999 and at the University of South Florida, USA, from 1999-2013. In 2013 he joined the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he currently serves as Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and was Co-Director of the Synthesis and Solid-State Pharmaceutical Centre, www.sspc.ie, from 2017-2022. His research activities have focused upon fundamental and applied aspects of crystal engineering since 1990. Currently, metal-organic materials (MOMs), ultramicroporous physisorbents, and multi-component pharmaceutical materials (MPMѕ), such as cocrystals, are of particular interest. These new materials are aimed at addressing global challenges such as carbon capture, water purification and better medicines.
Professor Panče Naumov is a tenured professor at New York University, from North Macedonia, and currently he is the Director of the Center for Advanced Materials at New York University Abu Dhabi. He founded the Emirates Chemical Society and the Crystallographic Society and serves as its president. Professor Naumov is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and a Humboldt scholar in Germany. He serves on the editorial board of SmartMat, SmartMolecules, IUCrj and other magazines. He also serves on the review committees of National Science Foundation (NSF); European Research Council (ERC) and other funds. Professor Naumov focuses on the research of smart materials, crystallography, bioluminescence and petroleum omics. He has published more than 200 SCI papers in internationally renowned journals such as JACS, Angew.Chem.In.Ed., Nature Chem., etc., and has been cited more than 10,000 times. Second-rate. In the past five years, Naumov's scientific research team has applied for and been approved for more than 10 million US dollars in scientific research funds. Research projects mainly come from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Human Science Frontier Program Organization(HFSPO) and UAE National Research Foundation (NRF).