Advanced structural elucidation
The core interest of our research group lies on using three primary advanced synchrotron X-ray techniques to elucidate the crystal structures at atomistic resolution.
Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (SXRD)
Distinctive adsorption structures found in zeolites with the MFI topology. Angewandte Chemie 132.3 (2020): 1109-1113. & PCCP 2020.
X-ray pair distribution function (XPDF)
Probing local structural distortion of Li and B in the octahedral institutials in nano-Pd by using in situ XPDF and PDFgui. Journal of the American Chemical Society 141.50 (2019): 19616-19624.
Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS)
By combining SXRD with EXAFS, the structure of ultra-stable single-site Cu anchored on the -NH2 moiety of UiO-66-NH2 has been revealed. ChemComm 2020: submitted.
We aim to use our expertise in structural elucidation to unveil many unsolved puzzles in catalytic science.
Biomass-derived DMF-to-aromatics and GVL-to-aromatics. (DMF = 2,5-dimethylfuran; GVL = gamma valero-lactone) ACS Catalysis 8.3 (2018): 1843-1850, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55.42 (2016): 13061-13066, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56.36 (2017): 10711-10716, ChemSusChem11.24 (2018): 4214-4218.
We have successfully explained the fundamental mechanistic in methanol conversion over zeolites and engineered cooperatively active sites for catalytic system for industrial processes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 140.21 (2018): 6661-6667, Chemical Communications 53.70 (2017): 9725-9728, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 237 (2018): 245-250, Journal of Catalysis 365 (2018): 145-152.
We focus on using photocatalysis to solve various environmental challenges, including the utilisation of CO2 and the decomposition of organic pollutants from wastewater. Under Review.