Dr. Mario Wriedt

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science
Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Ave, Box 5814
Potsdam, NY 13699

Affiliate Faculty of the
Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) and
Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)


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Wriedt Research Group 2019

Back L to R: Shefa Alomari, Sudhan Nagarajan, Sam Pyser,  Monu Joy, Tony Koppers, Alexander Harley, Mario Wriedt; Middle L to R: Paul Lawrence, Juby Vargehese, Jenna Brockett, Charlene VanLeuven, Fletcher Dix, Gavin Flavell, Micheal Chirgwin, Stephanie Barajas; Front L to R: Matthew Sadler, Hope Woodruff, John Hadynski, Steven Dunckel

News Feed

05/2017: Wriedt Lab welcomes Steven Dunckel ’20, CUPO student Paul Lawrence ’19 and Honor student Michael Chirgwin ’20 as new undergraduate researchers. Welcome and enjoy the summer!

05/2017: Wriedt Lab graduate student Juby Varghese spends the summer in Germany at the University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, working on a collaborative project with Prof. Wochnowski. Have fun!

05/2017: Wriedt Lab undergraduate researchers Katrina Lane, Justin Cruz and Brenna Gillaspy graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees. Congrats and Farewell!

05/2017: Wriedt Lab’s paper entitled “Systematic Investigation of Controlled Nanostructuring of Mn12 Single-Molecule Magnets Templated by Metal-Organic Frameworks” was accepted for publication in Inorganic Chemistry. Well done Darpan Aulakh together with undergraduate Alexander Harley!

05/2017: Wriedt Lab’s first graduate student Darpan Aulakh successfully defended her dissertation. Congrats Dr. Darpan!

05/2017: Wriedt Lab graduate students Shefa Alomari, Hubert Bilan and Darpan Aulakh presented their work at the 30th Annual Technical Meeting of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) in Canandaigua, NY.

04/2017: Wriedt Lab students won 3 awards at the Northern New York ACS Meeting at St. Lawrence University. #1: Fletcher Dix, best undergrad oral presentation; #2: Kyle Duell, 2nd best undergrad poster presentation; #3: Juby Vargehese: best graduate poster presentation. Congrats all!

04/2017: Wriedt Lab students won an impressive # of 7 awards at the First Annual Spring 2017
Research and Project Showcase (RAPS) at Clarkson. #1: Katrina Lane, best oral undergrad presentation; #2 and #3: Kyle Duell, best undergrad poster presentation and undergrad sustainability award; #4: Alexander Harley, honorable mention for his undergrad poster presentation; #5 and #6: Juby Varghese, best graduate oral and poster presentation; #7: Hubert Bilan, graduate sustainability award. Congrats all!

03/2017: Graduate Student Darpan Aulakh was selected for a Travel Award from the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) of the American Chemical Society to support her attendance at the Spring 2017 ACS Meeting in San Francisco. Congrats!

03/2017: Wriedt Lab’s paper entitled “Design, structural diversity and properties of novel zwitterionic metal-organic frameworks” was accepted for publication in Dalton Transactions.  Well done Darpan Aulakh together with undergraduates Anthony Nicoletta, Joshua Pyser and Juby Varghese!

01/2017: Graduate Student Wen An successfully defended her M.S. Thesis. Congrats! She continues her graduate studies as computer science major at Clarkson.

01/2017: Sam Marble, Chemical Engineering Major, Class of 2017,  joined the Wriedt Lab as Undergraduate Researcher. Welcome Sam!

01/2017: Shefa Alomari, former Wriedt Lab Research Trainee since 06/2016,  was accepted into Clarkson’s Ph.D. program. Welcome Graduate Student Shefa!

11/2016: Wriedt Lab’s paper was accepted for publication the Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Wriedt and Darpan Aulakh implemented this lab module with great success in CM345.

10/2016: Wriedt Lab’s paper was accepted for publication in Chemical of Materials. Well done Wen An and Darpan Aulakh! See news release here.

08/2016: Brenna Gillaspy, Chemistry Major, Class of 2017,  joined the Wriedt Lab as Undergraduate Researcher. Welcome Brenna!

07/2016: Graduate Student Darpan Aulakh received a Travel Award to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Denver, CO. Her presentation was recognized with the Pauling Poster Prize and Graduate Student Juby Varghese was recognized with the Journal of Chemical Crystallography Poster Prize. Congrats! See news release here.

06/2016: Dr. Wriedt was invited to present at the Gordon Research Conference focusing on Crystal Engineering in Stowe, VT. See news release here.

06/2016: Graduate Student Darpan Aulakh was recognized as 2nd Best Oral Presenter at the ECS Montreal Student Symposium, Montreal, Canada. Congrats!

05/2016: Undergraduate Researchers Kyle Ventura and Joshua Pyser graduated. Both are currently attending top graduate schools, U. of Florida and U. of Michigan. You are missed and good luck for your futures!

05/2016: Graduate Student Wen An was recognized with the Best Looking Poster Award at the Annual CAMP Meeting, Canandaigua, NY. Congrats!

05/2016: Undergraduate Researcher Joshua Pyser was recognized with the Frank C. Goodrich Memorial Fund Undergraduate Award as an Outstanding Senior in Chemistry. Congrats!

04/2016: Undergraduate Researchers Joshua Pyser, Katrina Lane and Alexander Harley were recognized as Best Poster Presenters at Clarkson’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE). Congrats!

03/2016: Xulan Deng, former Wriedt Lab undergradute researcher,  was awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Congrats! See news release here.

03/2016: Graduate Student Darpan Aulakh was recognized as Best Poster Presenter at the NNY ACS Research Symposium, Potsdam, NY. Congrats!

02/2016: Graduate Students Darpan Aulakh and Juby Varghese were recognized as 2nd Best Poster Presenters at the Bruker-AXS MIT Symposium, Cambridge, MA. Congrats!

02/2016: Wriedt Lab’s paper was accepted for publication in CrystEngComm. Well done Darpan Aulakh together with undergraduates Anthony Nicoletta and Juby Varghese!

Group Introduction

Welcome to the Functional Materials Design & X-ray Diffraction Laboratory at the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University!

Dr. Wriedt’s research activities are mainly focused at developing new strategies for the design and synthesis of advanced functional solid-state materials from molecular building blocks and advancing the understanding of their structure-property relationship.

His group at Clarkson University works towards the development and characterization of new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and activated carbons whose applications address some of our society’s most challenging needs. Specific fields of interest are listed below.

  • Clean Energy Alternatives: Materials for on-board H2 and CH4 storage systems for automotive applications
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Materials for CO2 capture and sequestration from flue gas streams
  • Stimuli-Responsive Spintronics: Materials for sensing and ultra-high data storage applications
  • Environmental Water Treatment: Materials for selective removal of pollutants from waste- and groundwater
  • Electro- and Photochromic Switches: Materials for the development of new smart-glass technologies

Workshop on Single-Crystal X-ray Diffractometry at Clarkson University

We are excited to announce that we will host a workshop on Problems, Errors and Pitfalls in Single-Crystal Structure Analysis at Clarkson University on on August 5-8, 2019.

Dr. Wriedt and Dr. Näther of Kiel University are the instructors.

See further details about this workshop here.

Dr. Wriedt receives Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

February 2019: Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Mario Wriedt has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of chemistry & biomolecular science in the School of Arts & Sciences.

See news release here.

JACS paper featured on Journal Cover

Direct Imaging of Isolated Single Molecule Magnets in Metal-Organic Frameworks

D. Aulakh, L. Liu, J.R. Varghese, H. Xie, T. Islamoglu, K. Duell, C.-W. Kung, C.-E. Hsiung, Y. Zhang, R.J. Drout, O.K. Farha, K.R. Dunbar, Y. Han and M. Wriedt

Journal of the American chemical Society2019141, 2997-3005.

This is the result of a fantastic collaboration with groups of Professors Yu Han at KAUST, Omar Farha at NU, and Kim Dunbar at TAMU.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b11374; see news release here.

Wriedt Lab publishes paper in Chemistry of Materials

Rational Design of Pore Size and Functionality in a Series of Isoreticular Zwitterionic Metal-Organic Frameworks

D. Aulakh, T. Islamoglu, V.F. Bagundes, J.R. Varghese, K. Duell, M. Joy, S.J. Teat, O.K. Farha and M. Wriedt

Chemistry of Materials, 2018, 30, 8332-8342.

This paper was rated one of the top 20 most highly downloaded papers in November 2018!

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b03885; see news release here.

Dr. Wriedt receives NSF CAREER Award

December 2017: Thanks to the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Program. Dr. Wriedt was recognized with this prestigious award for his work on the design of a new class of advanced porous materials for energy applications.

Title: Zwitterionic Metal-Organic Frameworks with Multi-Stimulus-Responsive Properties,
Award# 1752771; 2018-2023; $600,000.

See news release here.

See award details here.

Dr. Wriedt wins Clarkson Ignite Research Fellowship Competition

March 2018: Dr. Wriedt, partnered with Dr. Mitlin from Chemical Engineering, was awarded the Craig-Ignite Research Fellowship of Clarkson’s Pilot Grant Program to support a Ph.D. student for five years to conduct a multidisciplinary research project. 

See news release here and a short video of the program here.

A recording of the live competition can be found here (Dr. Wriedt’s pitch starts at 1:54).

See video description of the funded project here with the job posting for the fellowship here. Update summer 2018: This position has been filled.

Wriedt Lab Members Win Seven Awards at Clarkson’s RAPS Conference

April 2018: Wriedt Lab members contributed with a total of 11 oral presentations and 4 poster presentations at Clarkson’s Research and Project Showcase (RAPS). Impressively, they won 7 out of 7 possible awards, congrats!

RAPS attendees of Wriedt Lab (Jenna Brockett, Matthew Sadler, Paul Lawrence, Shefa Alomari, Hubert Bilan, Steven Dunckel, Michael Chirgwin, Charlene VanLeuven, Fletcher Dix, Juby Varghese, Alexander Harley, John Hadynski, and Mario Wriedt)RAPS awardees Juby Varghese (Graduate, best oral and poster presentation, honorable mention for sustainability award), Fletcher Dix (Undergraduate, best oral and poster presentation, sustainability award), and Steven Dunckel (Undergraduate, best oral presentation).

 CrystEngComm paper featured on Journal Front Cover

Porous Substrates as Platforms for the Nanostructuring of Molecular Magnets

D. Aulakh, H.K. Bilan and M. Wriedt

CrystEngComm201820, 1011-1030.

DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01978E

Dr. Wriedt receives Phalanx Award

Spring 2017: Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society, has chosen Dr. Wriedt to recognize his hard work as teacher-scholar and dedication to Clarkson’s community. He received the Commendable Service Award which comes with great distinction and honor.”

Dalton Transaction paper featured on Journal Front Cover

Design, Structural Diversity and Properties of Novel Zwitterionic Metal-Organic Frameworks

D. Aulakh, A.P. Nicoletta, J.B. Pyser, J.R. Varghese and M. Wriedt

Dalton Transactions, 2017, 46, 6853-6869.

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT00292K

Wriedt Lab publishes paper in Inorganic Chemistry

Systematic Investigation of Controlled Nanostructuring of Mn12 Single-Molecule Magnets Templated by Metal-Organic Frameworks

D. Aulakh, H. Xie, Z. Shen, A. Harley, X. Zhang, A.A. Yakovenko, K.R. Dunbar and M. Wriedt

Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56, 6965-6972.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00514

Wriedt Lab publishes paper in Chemistry of Materials

Switching of Adsorption Properties in a Zwitterionic Metal-Organic Framework Triggered by Photogenerated Radical Triplets

W. An, D. Aulakh, X. Zhang, W.M. Verdegaal, K.R. Dunbar and M. Wriedt

Chemistry of Materials
, 2016, 28, 7825-7832.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03224; see news release here.

Wriedt Lab publishes paper in JACS

Metal-Organic Frameworks as Platforms for the Controlled Nanostructuring of Single-Molecule Magnets

D. Aulakh, J.B. Pyser, X. Zhang, A.A. Yakovenko, K.R. Dunbar and M. Wriedt

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 9254-9257.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06002; see news release here.

Update: This work has been featured in

Reticular Chemistry-Construction, Properties, and Precision Reactions of Frameworks

by Omar M. Yaghi (Associate Editor), J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 15507-15509.

Wriedt Lab secures first Research Grant

Thanks to the Donors of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund,
Doctoral New Investigator Award (ACS PRF DNI).

Title: Tunable Host-Guest Interactions in Photo-Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks,
Award# 56295-DNI10; 2016-2018; $110,000.

See news release here.