Research Interests

Synthesis Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
of Inorganic Microporous Materials

Inorganic microporous materials, typically known as zeolite, are an important class of materials, which have wide application in catalysis, adsorption, ion-exchange, and host-guest assembly. Recently, the synthesis and preparative chemistry of such materials is developing rapidly. However, with the development of science and technology, to develop rational and highly efficient synthetic method becomes a central topic in the 21 century. Molecular engineering is a frontier subject in modern chemistry, whose difference between traditional chemistry lies in its reversed thinking way, that is, to design and synthesis the desired target materials based on the functional requirements.

The main research of this group focuses on the investigation of the relationship among properties-structures-syntheses on the basis of our extensive experimental work, and aims to develop new strategies towards the rational design and synthesis of inorganic microporous materials with specified pore structures.

Main research includes:

I.Synthesis of new types of inorganic microporous materials

synthesis of new inorganic microporous materials with specified pore architectures, such as extra-large pore and helical channels.
synthesis of inorganic microporous materials with new framework compositions and stoichiometries
synthesis of inorganic microporous crystals with specified polymerization states
 


A novel open-framework zinc phosphate with 12-MR channels.
The 12-MR channel is enclosed by double helices


 
II.Studies of new routes to the synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
hydrothermal, solvothermal and inothermal synthesis of inorganic microporous mateirals
the application of combinatorial approach to the synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
the application of microwave method to the synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
the application of microemulsion method to the synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
the application of computer chemistry to the synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
 

Combinatorial chemistry—a high throughput experimentation
 

III. Toward the rational design and synthesis of inorganic microporous materials
The design of zeolite frameworks with desired structure. According to the functional requirement, to design the zeolite frameworks with desired pore geometries and set up the hypothetical zeolite structure database. This database will be an important base of the rational synthesis.


Design of chiral zeolite framework with helical channels

During the process of generating hypothetical chiral zeolite framework, the TO4 tetrahedra would form a helical chain by the screw operation under a chiral space group and further convolve around the predefined forbidden zone to form a chiral channel


Developing strategies toward the rational synthesis of target materials with specified structures. Investigation of the relationship and regularities of properties-structures-syntheses as well as the formation and structure-directing mechanism; developing the routes toward the rational synthesis of target materials including template-directed synthetic route and KDD-aided synthetic route.