Emerging Investigator: Jian Lin at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Emerging Investigator: Jian Lin

Position           Professor

Postdoc          2014–2016   Argonne National Laboratory

Education       2010–2014   University of Notre Dame (USA)           Ph.D.

                       20062009   China Agricultural University                 M.Sc.

                       20022006   China Agricultural University                 B.Sc. 

Website           https://gr.xjtu.edu.cn/en/web/jianlin/home

ORCID            0000-0002-3536-220X            Google Scholar

Read Jian Lin’s Emerging Investigator Series article in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

  Topological control of metal–organic frameworks toward highly sensitive and selective detection of chromate and dichromate  
Zi-Jian Li, Yu Ju, Xiao-Ling Wu, Xiaoyun Li, Jie Qiu, Yongxin Li, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Ming-Yang He, Linjuan Zhang, Jian-Qiang Wang and Jian Lin*


A synthetic modulation approach has given rise to two topologically distinct thorium-based MOFs, whose polymorphism allows for elucidating how the structure of MOF, in isolation, influences the sensing efficacy of Cr(VI) oxyanions.


  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 04 Jan 2023  
  Inorg. Chem. Front., 2023, 10, 1721-1730  

My research interests

Key words: actinide, inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, radiochemistry, nuclear science
My research interests mainly focus on developing new synthetic strategies to access crystalline materials, including metal–organic frameworks and clusters, for potential applications in ionizing radiation detection, radionuclide separation, and chemosensing.

10 Facts about me

I published my first academic article in Inorganic Chemistry when I was a graduate student in Prof. Thomas Albrecht-Schoenzart’s group.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is our work of thorium-based nanoclusters, which show photochromism, fluorochromism, and piezochromism.

I am most passionate about my work in actinide chemistry because actinides are the most fascinating elements in the periodic table.

I advise my students to work smart, not just hard.

One of my hidden talents is making crystals.

If I were not a chemist, I would probably be a photographer.

My favourite sport is basketball and Yao Ming is my favourite basketball player.

One thing I cannot live without is my daughter, who has a beautiful and infectious laugh.

My passion besides work is travel and my best travel experience was in New Zealand.

My favourite inspirational quote: “It’s not who you are underneath but what you do that defines you.”

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