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Department of Chemistry Qiang Zhang

Zhang, Qiang

Assistant Professor

Troy 220

Pullman, WA 99164-4630

(509) 335-1269


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Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, 2016- present
Department of Chemistry, Washington State University

Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2013-2016
Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Supervisor: Professor Hong-Cai  “Joe” Zhou


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 2013
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia, SC

Supervisor: Professor Richard D. Adams

B.S., Chemistry, 2008
College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, China

Supervisor: Professor Bai Yang



Research in Zhang group focuses on the integration of porous materials, mainly Metal–Organic Frameworks and Metal–Organic Polyhedra, with molecular compounds, metal cluster complexes, and nano‐materials or polymers to construct novel and multifunctional hybrid materials. These materials will be extensively studied in biomimetic catalysis, photocatalysis, hydrogen production, and sensing etc. In our research, systematic analysis and design will be exerted to develop multi-functional materials for a variety of applications. The goal is to gain a fundamental understanding of such systems as guidance for us to improve the performance of our materials. Students in Zhang group will be well trained in inorganic and organic synthesis, techniques for handling air-sensitive compounds, column, and thin layer chromatography, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, single-crystal X-ray crystallography, thermogravimetric analysis, UV-vis, FTIR, Fluorescence, NMR, and the use modern research related software.

Selected Publications

“Energetic Systematics of Metal–Organic Frameworks: A Case Study of Al(III)-Trimesate MOF Isomers” Jiahong Li, Vitaliy G. Goncharov, Andrew C. Strzelecki, Hongwu Xu, Xiaofeng Guo*, and Qiang Zhang* Inorg. Chem. 2022, 61, 38, 15152–15165.

“Acetone to Isobutene Conversion on ZnxTiyOz: Effects of TiO2 Facet” Li, Houqian; Hurlock, Matthew J.; Sudduth, Berlin; Li, Junrui; Sun, Junming; Zhang, Qiang, Wang, Yong,Journal of Catalysis, 2022, 410, 236-245.

“MOF-Enabled Ion-Regulating Gel Electrolyte for Long-Cycling Lithium Metal Batteries Under High Voltage” Fu, Xuewei, Hurlock, Matthew J. , Ding, Chenfeng, Li, Xiaoyu, Zhang, Qiang,* Zhong, Wei-Hong*, Small, 2022, 18, 9, 2106225.

“Selective hydroxylation of aryl iodides to produce phenols under mild conditions using a supported copper catalyst” Leiduan Hao, Anika Auni, Guodong Ding, * Xiaoyu Li,  Haiping Xu,
Tao Li * and Qiang Zhang *,RSC Adv., 2021,11, 25348-25353.

“Evolution of 14-Connected Zr6 Secondary Building Units through Postsynthetic Linker Incorporation” Matthew J. Hurlock, Leiduan Hao, Kyle W. Kriegsman, Xiaofeng Guo, Michael O’Keeffe,* and Qiang Zhang* ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2021, 13, 44, 51945-51953. (Invited manuscript, Emerging Materials for Catalysis and Energy Applications — A Special Forum in Memory of Prof. Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung)

“Zr-based MOFs for oxidative desulfurization: What matters?” Leiduan Hao, Sebastian A Stoian Lydia, R. Weddle and Qiang Zhang*,  Green Chem., 2020, 22, 6351-6356.

“Microwave-assisted Synthesis of Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets Supported Ru-Anadem Nano-structures and Their Catalytic Study for the Hydrogenation of Acetophenone” Li, Xiaoyu; Ding, Guodong; Thompson, Brena; Hao, Leiduan; Deming, Derek; Heiden, Zachariah; Zhang, Qiang* ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2020, 12, 27, 30670–30679.

“Atomically dispersed palladium catalyses Suzuki–Miyaura reactions under phosphine-free conditions” Guodong Ding, Leiduan Hao, Haiping Xu, Liguang Wang, Jian Chen, Tao Li*, Xinman Tu* & Qiang Zhang*, Comm. Chem.20203, Article number: 43.

“Efficient Oxidative Desulfurization Using a Mesoporous Zr-based MOF” Leiduan Hao, Matthew J. Hurlock, Xiaoyu Li, Guodong Ding, Kyle W. Kriegsman, Xiaofeng Guo, Qiang Zhang, Catal. Today2020350, 64-70

“Recent Advances in Green Synthesis of Functionalized Phenols from Aromatic Boronic Compounds” Hao, L.; Ding, G.*; Deming, D. A.; Zhang, Q.*, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 7307-7321.

“Hierarchically porous UiO-66: Facile synthesis, characterization and application” Leiduan Hao, Xiaoyu Li, Matthew J. Hurlock, Xin-Man Tu and Qiang Zhang Chem. Comm. 2018, 54, 11817-11820.

“Adsorptive removal of p-nitrophenol from water with mechano-synthesized porous organic polymers” Heng Zeng, Weigang Lu, Leiduan Hao, Gregory Helms, Qiang Zhang and Zhiping Luo New J. Chem., 2018,42, 20205-20211.

“Hierarchically porous UiO-66: Facile synthesis, characterization and application” Leiduan Hao, Xiaoyu Li, Matthew J. Hurlock, Xin-Man Tu and Qiang Zhang Chem. Comm. 2018, 54, 11817-11820.

“Molecular Association Induced Emission Shifts for E/Z Isomers and Selective Sensing of Nitroaromatic Explosives” Matthew J. Hurlock, Yuwei Kan, Thibaut Martin, Joseph L. Lapka, Kenneth L. Nash and Qiang Zhang CrystGrowth Des.2018, 18 (10), pp 6197–6203. 

“Thermodynamically Guided Synthesis of Mixed-Linker Zr-MOFs with Enhanced Tunability”, Yuan, S.; Qin, J.-S.; Zou, L.; Chen, Y.-P.; Wang, X.; Zhang, Q.; Zhou, H.-C., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (20), 6636–6642.

“Piezofluorochromic Metal–Organic Framework: A Microscissor Lift”, Zhang, Q.; Su, J.; Feng, D.; Wei, Z.; Zou, X.; Zhou, H.–C., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 10064-10067.

“Metal-Organic Polyhedra Constructed from Dinuclear Ruthenium Paddlewheels”, Young, M. D.; Zhang, Q.; Zhou, H.-C.,Inorg. Chem. Acta, 2015, 424, 216-220.

“Tuning the structure and function of metal–organic frameworks via linker design”, Lu, W.; Wei, Z.; Gu, Z.-Y.; Liu, T.-F.; Park, J.(Jinhee); Park, J.(Jihye); Tian, J.; Zhang, M.; Zhang, Q.; Gentle, T.; Bosch, M.; Zhou, H.-C., Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 5561-5593.

“Dynamic Rotation of Bridging Aryl Ligands in Unsaturated Metal Carbonyl Cluster Complexes” Adams, R. D.*; Rassolov, V.* and Zhang, Q. Organometallics 2013, 32, 1587-1590.

“Synthesis and Transformations of Triosmium Carbonyl Cluster Complexes Containing Bridging Aryl Ligands” Adams, R. D.*; Rassolov, V.* and Zhang, Q. Organometallics 2012, 31, 2961−2964.

“Two-Dimensional Bimetallic Carbonyl Cluster Complexes with New Properties and Reactivities.” Adams, R. D.*; Zhang, Q. and Yang, X.* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15950–15953.

Netzer, N. ; Gunawidjaja, R.; Hiemstra, M.; Zhang, Q.; Tsukruk, V. V. and Jiang, C.* “Formation and Optical Properties of Compression-Induced Nanoscale Buckles on Silver Nanowires.” ACS Nano 2009, 3, 1795-1802.