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Zhiyuan Gu Professor

Research Interests: 
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as catalysts • Nanosized MOFs, MOF membranes and composites of MOFs and other functional materials • MOFs for high-resolution separation with diverse chromatographic techniques • MOFs for biomedical applications, including

Recent Publications:

1. Wang, H.*; Feng, M.; Wang, Y.-F.; Gu, Z.-Y.*, H3O+ tetrahedron induction in large negative linear compressibility, Sci. Rep., 2016, 6, 26015.

2. Gu, Z.-Y.; Yang, C.-X.; Chang, N.; Yan, X.-P.*, “Metal-Organic Frameworks for Analytical Chemistry: From Sample Collection to Chromatographic Separation”, Acc. Chem. Res., 2012, 45, 734-745. (Highlighted in Chemistry World)

3. Gu, Z.-Y.; Yan, X.-P.*, “Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101 for High-Resolution Gas Chromatographic Separation of Xylene Isomers and Ethylbenzene”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 1477-1480.

4. Feng, D.; Gu, Z.-Y.† (†equal contribution); Li, J.-R.; Jiang, H.-L.; Wei, Z.; Zhou, H.-C*, “Zirconium-Metalloporphyrin PCN-222: Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks with Ultrahigh Stability as A Biomimetic Catalyst”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 10307-10310. (VIP and Cover feature, Highlighted in C&EN).

5.  Wei, Z.; Gu, Z.-Y.† (†equal contribution); Arvapally, R.; Chen, Y.-P.; McDougald, R.; Yakovenko, A.; Feng, D.; Omary, M.; Zhou, H.-C.*, “Rigidifying Fluorescent Linkers by MOF Formation for Fluorescence Blue Shift and Quantum Yield Enhancement”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 8269-8276.

6. Feng, D.; Gu, Z.-Y.† (†equal contribution); Chen, Y.-P.; Park, J.; Wei, Z.; Sun, Y.; Bosch, M.; Yuan, S.; Zhou, H.-C.*, “A Highly Stable Porphyrinic Zirconium Metal-Organic Framework with  shp-a Topology”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 17714-17717.

7. Gu, Z.-Y.; Wang, G.; Yan, X.-P.*, “MOF-5 Metal-Organic Framework as Sorbent for In-Field Sampling and Preconcentration in Combination with Thermal Desorption GC-MS for Determination of Atmospheric Formaldehyde”, Anal. Chem., 2010, 82, 1365–1370.

8. Gu, Z.-Y.; Jiang, J.-Q.; Yan, X.-P.*, “Fabrication of Isoreticular Metal-Organic Framework Coated Capillary Columns for High-Resolution Gas Chromatographic Separation of Persistent Organic Pollutants”, Anal. Chem., 2011, 83, 5093-5100.

9. Gu, Z.-Y.; Chen, Y.-J.; Jiang, J.-Q.; Yan, X.-P.*, “Metal-Organic Frameworks for Efficient Enrichment of Peptides with Simultaneous Exclusion of Proteins from Complex Biological Samples”, Chem. Comm., 2011, 47, 4787-4789.

10.Gu, Z.-Y., Park, J., Raiff, A., Wei, Z., Zhou, H.-C.*, “Metal-Organic Frameworks as Biomimetic Catalysts”, ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 67-75.


Yan, X.-P.*; Gu, Z.-Y.; Wang, H.-F., “Metal-Organic Frameworks as Gas-Chromatographic Stationary Phases for Capillary Columns”, China Patent, Granted CN101706481B.

Honors and Awards:

• Young Researcher Promotion Award, China Association of Science and Technology, 2015

• Jiangsu Specially Appointed Professor, Jiangsu Province, Nov 2014

• Rank 1, Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, China, Jan 2014

• National Distinguished PhD Dissertation Nomination, Ministry of Education, China, June 2013

• Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award, Tianjin Municipality, China, April 2013

Analytical Science Poster Award Winner, Kyoto, Japan, May 22-26, 2011

Agilent Poster Award Winner, Beijing, China, August 19-22, 2010

• Young Researcher Award, Ministry of Education, China, 2010-2011

• “Yang Shixian” Fellowship, Nankai University, 2010

• First-Grade Scholarship, Nankai University, 2010

• Baosteel Excellent Student Fellowship, Baosteel Education Foundation, 2010

Funding Agencies:

National Science Foundation of China, China Association of Science and Technology, Jiangsu Province of China


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