Sergio Garibay

Sergio Garibay









Sergio received a B.S. in Chemistry at California State University, Bakersfield where he synthesized new metal chelating calix[4]pyrroles for potential environmental and bioinorganic applications under the direction of Professor Andreas Gebauer.

He then obtained a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry under Seth M. Cohen at the University of California, San Diego where he developed strategies for post-synthesis modification (PSM) of porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and used these materials heterogeneous MOF catalysts.


  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, San Diego
  • B.S. Chemistry, California State University, Bakersfield

Research focus: 

My research focuses on the synthesis and utilization of functionalized aromatic porous organic polymers (POPs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for catalytic applications.


Sergio J. Garibay, Mitchell H. Weston, Joseph E. Mondloch, Yamil J. Colón, Omar K. Farha, Joseph T. Hupp and SonBinh T. Nguyen, “Accessing Functionalized Porous Aromatic Frameworks (PAFs) Through a de novo Approach” CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 1515-1519.

Phuong V. Dau, Min Kim, Sergio J. Garibay, Frederic H.L. Münch, Curtis E. Moore, and Seth M. Cohen, “Single-Atom Ligand Changes Affect Breathing in an Extended Metal-Organic Framework” Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 5671-5676.

Min Kim, Sergio J. Garibay, and Seth M. Cohen, “Microwave-Assisted Cyanation of an Aryl Bromide Directly on a Metal-Organic Framework” Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 729-731

Sergio J. Garibay and Seth M. Cohen, “Isoreticular Synthesis and Modification of Frameworks with the UiO-66 Topology” Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 7700-7702. (selected as a ‘Hot Article’ by Chem. Commun.)

Sergio J. Garibay, Zhenqiang Wang, and Seth M. Cohen, “Evaluation of Heterogeneous Metal-Organic Framework Organocatalysts Prepared by Postsynthetic Modification” Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 80-8091.

Sergio J. Garibay, Zhenqiang Wang, Kristine K. Tanabe, and Seth M. Cohen, “Postsynthetic Modification: A Versatile Approach Toward Multifunctional Metal-Organic Frameworks” Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 7341-7349.

Sergio J. Garibay, Jay R. Stork, and Seth M. Cohen, “The Use of Metalloligands in Metal-Organic Frameworks” Prog. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 56, 335-378.

Sergio J. Garibay, Jay R. Stork, Zhenqiang Wang, Seth M. Cohen, Shane G.Telfer, “Enantiopure vs. Racemic Metalloligands: Impact on Metal–Organic Framework Structure and Synthesis” Chem. Commun., 2007, 4881-4883.