Nanoporous Materials

Metal-organic frameworks

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous inorganic-organic hybrid materials with extraordinary high surface areas. An important advantage of MOFs is the possibility to easily and systematically design and alter the structure and functionality at a molecular level. We are exploring the versatile structures of MOFs, as well as the closely associated properties, in view of applications in heterogeneous catalysis.

Selected Research Articles

  • M. O. Cichocka, Z. Liang, D. Feng, S. Back, S. Siahrostami, X. Wang, L. Samperisi, Y. Sun, H. Xu, N. Hedin, H. Zheng,* H.-C. Zhou,* X. Zou and Z. Huang*, A Porphyrinic Zirconium Metal-Organic Framework for Oxygen Reduction Reaction: Tailoring the Spacing between Active-Sites through Chain-based Inorganic Building Units, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 15386−15395. [Open Access|View]

  • Y. Wang, H. Lv, E. S. Grape, C. A. Gaggioli, A. Tayal, A. Dharanipragada, T. Willhammar, A. Ken Inge, X. Zou, B. Liu* and Z. Huang*, A Tunable Multivariate Metal-Organic Framework as A Platform for Designing Photocatalysts, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 17, 6333–6338. [Open Access|View]

  • J. Park, A. C. Hinckley, Z. Huang*, G. Chen, A. A. Yakovenko, X. Zou, Z. Bao*, High Thermopower in a Zn-based 3D Semiconductive Metal–Organic Framework, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 20531–20535. [View]

  • L. Yang, P. Cai, L. Zhang, X. Xu, A. A. Yakovenko, Q. Wang, J. Pang, S. Yuan, X. Zou, N. Huang*, Z. Huang*, H.-C. Zhou*, Ligand-Directed Conformational Control over Porphyrinic Zr-MOFs for Size-Selective Catalysis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 31, 12129–12137. [View]


Zeolites have pore structures that are attractive for shape-selective catalysis and separation, and they are widely used in the production of chemicals at the very basic levels. Recently, zeolites have gained intense interest in CO2 capture, biomass conversion, and automotive exhaust remediation. We focus on the study of structure-property relationships of zeotype materials.

Selected Research Articles

  • Z. Huang, S. Seo, J. Shin, B. Wang, R. G. Bell, S. B. Hong*, and X. Zou*, 3D-3D Topotactic Transformation in Aluminophosphate Molecular Sieves and Its Implication in New Zeolite Structure Generation, Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 3762. [Open Access|View]