The research goal of our laboratory is to explore the development of stable MOFs based on trivalent and tetravalent metals (M (III) and M (IV)). This seminar will introduce our recent development of the “total synthesis” approach. I will discuss our latest invention in our developed multiple synthetic strategies：First, we explored a method of kinetically-tuned dimensional augmentation of robust clusters with terminal carboxylate groups by tuning the kinetics of the synthetic procedure. Secondly, we developed post-synthetic metathesis and oxidation reactions, where redox chemistry is applied to mediate bridging ligand exchange. Thirdly, we used sequential installation of up to three different linkers to give mixed linker MOFs with crystallographically ordered structures.
Hong-Cai Joe Zhou obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of F. A. Cotton. After a postdoctoral stint at Harvard University with R. H. Holm, he joined the faculty of Miami University, Oxford in 2002. He moved back to Texas A&M University and became a full professor in 2008. He was promoted to a Davidson Professor of Science in 2014 and a Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry in 2015. He was recognized as a Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with a current H-index of 74. He has been an associate editor for the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry since 2013. He was elected a Fellow of ACS, AAAS and RSC in 2016. His research focuses on the discovery of synthetic methods to obtain robust framework materials with unique catalytic activities or desirable properties for clean-energy-related applications.