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. Nanoscale 12.45 (2020): 23206-23212.


We aim to use our expertise in structural elucidation to unveil many unsolved puzzles in catalytic science.

Biomass catalysis

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.

Traditional Catalysis

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 study the in-situ structural change under working conditions.