Research Project

Solid-state NMR has been widely applied to explore the atomic-level structural information, host-guest interaction, mechanism of catalytic reaction and also the molecular dynamics, as one of the most important spectroscopic methods. Our current research interest focuses on the methodology development of solid state NMR spectroscopy and its applications in the structural and dynamics studies of solid materials, specifically including:

(1) Development of novel recoupling and decoupling techniques in solid-state NMR spectroscopy:

Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) can unveil the local chemical structure of the observed nuclei, including electron distribution, internuclear distance, the mobility of atoms and groups, etc. It is therefore a powerful tool to investigate solid materials and to gain insight into heterogeneous catalytic process…(more)

(2) Solid-state NMR studies of nano-interfacial multi-functional composite catalytic materials:

Composite oxides may have properties different from individual oxides. This corresponds to a more complex interfacial behavior of adsorbates (such as water, hydrogen,small molecule organics, etc) on the surface of mixed oxides…(more) 


(3) Atomic resoluton investigations of catalytic mechanism and dynamics in catalytic reactions of syngas:

Lower olefins (C2 to C4) are extensively used in the chemical industry as key building blocks. Traditionally, lower olefins have been produced by thermal or catalytic cracking of naphtha or vacuum gas oil or from dehydrogenation of alkanes…(more)


(4) In-situ and ex-situ NMR studies of lithium-ion-battery (LIB) and sodium-ion-battery (SIB) materials:

The launch of research programs based on the development of innovative and more efficient carbon-free technologies for the electrification of the grid and the automotive transportation will be needed to fulfill the goal…(more)