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Back: Tyler, Mohammad, Jingzhi, Jay; Front: Jian, Xin, Xu, Jacob, Sherry

The Zhang Lab is focused on the synthesis of novel inorganic, organic, and hybrid materials and the modulation of their catalytic and electrochemical properties. Our current emphasis is to design and prepare microporous inorganic and organic materials. The goal of the research program is to utilize these functional materials to address research challenges in producing clean and sustainable energy and solving global environmental problems.

Organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, and physical characterization are the basis of our research. Students and post-doctoral researchers will gain research skills in inorganic, solvothermal, solid state, and organic synthesis. Routine physical characterization techniques includes single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, gas-sorption analysis, thermogravimetry, electrochemistry, and spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, UV-Vis, MS, GC, IR, EPR, XPS, ICP-AES, XANES etc.


Apr 10, 2014: Jacob’s paper “Direct X-ray Observation of Trapped CO2 in a Pre-designed Porphyrinic Metal-Organic Framework” has been accepted to Chemistry, a European Journal. Congratulations!

Mar 22, 2014: Our group’s review article “Recent Advances in Ionic Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Synthesis, and Application.” has been accepted to Current Organic Chemistry. Jacob, Xu, and Xin did a great job!

Feb 17, 2014: Gabriel Gao joined the group. Welcome!

Feb 7, 2014: Dr. Jian Luo joined the group. Welcome!

Jan 10, 2014: Trieu Nguyen Vuong Hoang joined the group. Welcome!