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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



The research in Zhang group will mainly focus on the integration of porous materials, primarily metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), with molecular compounds, metal cluster complexes, and nano‐materials or polymers. The goal of our research is to use these novel and multi‐functional hybrid materials in biomimetic catalysis, photocatalysis, hydrogen production, sensing, and gas separation. Students who are interested in inorganic chemistry, porous materials, or catalysis/photocatalysis are strongly encouraged to join. 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, spectroscopy (UV-vis, FTIR, Fluorescence, NMR), and modern research related software (Office, Chemdraw, Mercury, Olex2, etc.).

Selected Publications


“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.