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Emerging Investigator: Hongwei Yu from Tianjin University of Technology, China

Emerging Investigator: Hongwei Yu

Position             Professor

Postdoc             2016–2017   Northwestern University (USA)

        2014–2016   University of Houston (USA)

Education          2009–2014   Xinjiang Technical Institute of                                                                       Physics &Chemistry, CAS        Ph.D.

                          2005–2009  Jilin University (China)              B.Eng.

ORID                 0000-0002-5607-0628

Read Hongwei Yu’s Emerging Investigator Series article on Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

     
  The exploration of new infrared nonlinear optical crystals based on the polymorphism of BaGa4S7  
Zhen Qian, Haonan Liu, Yujie Zhang, Hongping Wu, Zhanggui Hu, Jiyang Wang, Yicheng Wu and Hongwei Yu*

 

Two new polymorphism of BaGa4S7 was successfully discovered and synthesized. Among them, β-BaGa4S7 exhibits the best balance among a large phase-matching SHG response and a wide band gap, as well as the stable physicochemical property.

 

  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 26 Jul 2022  
  Inorg. Chem. Front., 2022, Advance Article  
  https://doi.org/10.1039/D2QI01263D  
     

My research interests

Key words: nonlinear optical crystals, solid state chemistry, crystal growth
Nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals—the unique materials capable of generating coherent radiation at various difficult-to-access wavelengths through frequency conversion technologies—are of particular importance for laser and photonic technologies. Currently, the commercial NLO crystals are mainly used in the ultraviolet (UV) and visible regions. However, in the deep-UV (λ < 200 nm) and mid-IR (3 μm < λ < 20 μm) regions, the available NLO crystals are still limited. Therefore, my research interests are to design, synthesize and grow new NLO crystals for the laser output in deep-UV and IR regions. The materials classes I am interested in include borates, phosphates, chalcogenides and some heteroanionic compounds, etc.

10 Facts about me

I published my first academic article on synthesis, structure and characterization of a new tripotassium cadmium pentaborate in Journal of Solid State Chemistry in 2011.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is that I have synthesized hundreds of new inorganic crystals and determined their structures by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

My favourite sport is mountain-climbing.  

One of my hidden talents is singing.

One thing I cannot live without is delicious food.

My favorite books were tales of mystery when I was a child.

I always believe that a good chemist would also be a good cooker.

In five years, I hope to get an excellent NLO material for achieving highly effective output of deep-UV lasers.

I chose chemistry as a career because chemistry is magical; it can create a new material world.

The best advice I have ever been given is to cherish everything around you.

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Emerging Investigator: Lingling Mao from Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Emerging Investigator: Lingling Mao

Position              Associate Professor

Postdoc             2018–2021  UC Santa Barbara

Education          2014–2018  Northwestern University (USA)      Ph.D.

                          2010–2014  Sun Yat-sen University (China)      B.Sc.

Group website    https://faculty.sustech.edu.cn/maoll/en/

ORID                  0000-0003-3166-8559

Read Lingling Mao’s Emerging Investigator Series article on Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about her.

     
  “Breathing” organic cation to stabilize multiple structures in low-dimensional Ge-, Sn-, and Pb-based hybrid iodide perovskites  
Congcong Chen, Emily E. Morgan, Yang Liu, Jian Chen, Ram Seshadri and Lingling Mao*

 

By using S-(2-aminoethyl)isothiouronium (ETU) as the templating cation, five new metal iodide hybrids, (ETU)GeI4, (ETU)4Ge5I18, (ETU)PbI4 and (ETU)3Pb2I10 are reported with varied C–S–C angles in the organic cation.

 

  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 06 Aug 2022  
  Inorg. Chem. Front., 2022, Advance Article  
  https://doi.org/10.1039/D2QI01247B  
     

My research interest

Key words: Inorganic Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Solid-state Chemistry
Materials chemistry: designing functional hybrid materials for optoelectronic applications

Establishing structure-property relationship in hybrid materials

10 Facts about me

I am most passionate about my work in discovering new materials. Solving a new crystal structure is the highlight of the day.

My passion besides work is enjoying great food with my friends.

I love skiing, but I have been stuck for two years without skiing due to COVID19.  

One of my hidden talents is sketching. I find it very relaxing.

One thing I cannot live without is music. I play music all the time when I’m driving or in the office.

Great papers depend not only on good results, but also on great writing. The writing reflects your thought process and whether you can deliver the essence.

A recent epiphany: work does not define who you are. Work is work.

I advise my students to take charge of their lives, have fun and do good science.

The most important quality of a mentor is to take a back seat when needed, and always be there for your mentees.

I have a cat named Schrödinger. He is an one-year-old blue/white British shorthair.

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Emerging Investigator: Yuanbin Zhang from Zhejiang Normal University, China

Emerging Investigator: Yuanbin Zhang

Position              Professor

Education           2013-2018  Zhejiang University                        Ph.D.

                           2009-2013  Nanjing University of Sci & Tech   B. Eng.

Group website    https://www.x-mol.com/groups/zhang_yuanbin

ORID                  0000-0002-8268-384X            Google Scholar

Read Yuanbin Zhang’s Emerging Investigator Series article on Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and find more about him.

     
  A new boron cluster anion pillared metal organic framework with ligand inclusion and its selective acetylene capture properties  

 

A novel microporous boron cluster pillared metal–organic framework BSF-10 was synthesized with ligand inclusion for efficient C2H2/CO2 and C2H2/C2H4 adsorption separation.

 

  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 19 Jul 2022  
  Inorg. Chem. Front., 2022, Advance Article  
  https://doi.org/10.1039/D2QI00890D
 
     

My research interest

Key words: metal-organic frameworks, supramolecular organic frameworks, gas separation, porous materials, boron cluster chemistry
My research interests mainly focus on the design of new porous materials for selective gas separation (light hydrocarbon splitting, carbon dioxide capture, etc). The gas separation based on traditional distillation method is highly energy-intensive. My work is to design suitable porous adsorbent to realize energy-efficient adsorptive separation of gas mixtures and investigate the structure-property relationship by experiments and theoretical calculation. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs) are two main materials that I focus on. For different gas mixtures, I design materials with customized properties to recognize the difference. The ultimate target is to achieve efficient gas separation with both high adsorption capacity and high selectivity. Boron cluster anion hybrid supramolecular metal organic frameworks (BSFs) are a new series of crystalline porous materials developed in my group, which have shown benchmark separation performance for C3H8/C2H6/CH4, C2H2/C2H4 and C2H2/CO2 separation. For gas molecules with high polarity, I introduce electronegative elements (F/O) into MOFs’s pore surface to enhance the host-guest interaction. By this strategy, our group have developed a novel MOF termed as ZNU-2 (ZNU = Zhejiang Normal University) for benchmark C3H4/C3H6 separation.

10 Facts about me

I published my first academic article in European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry in 2015. It is also the first paper of my PhD research group. I spent nearly two years to finish the work but a Germany group reported a similar results before me.

I chose chemistry as a career because I want to be a scientist since very young and my middle school science teacher piqued my interest in chemistry.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is the design of the first boron cluster anion pillared supramolecular metal organic framework, which displays a new application of anionic boron clusters. This work was published in Angewandte Chemie in 2019.

One of my hidden talents is cooking. I will be a good cooker if I am not a researcher.

My favourite sport is badminton. I ever obtained 3rd Prize of badminton competition in high school.

A key experience in my education was my visiting time at UCLA. During that stay, I made the decision of changing my research field from organic chemistry to MOFs that I am still insisting on.

The biggest challenge facing me is to get funding as well as to manage the time.

The most important thing I learned from my students is that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. It is my job to help them become the best version of themselves.

My most important role models are the advisors Duttwyler, Spokoyny, and Xing during my PhD and postdoc study. They are all great scientists and I learned a lot of things from them.

Guaranteed to make me happy is making progress every day and having new discovery from my lab.

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