College of Arts & Sciences Chemistry

Z. Rick Wang

Rick Wang
Assistant Professor
Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
UPL Pardee Laboratory 213
Phone: 605-677-7281
Bio:
Dr. Wang received his B.S. degree in 2000 from Peking University (China). He then went on to pursue his graduate study at the University of South Florida (Tampa) and received his PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006. He did his postdoctoral work at U.C. San Diego before joining the chemistry department at the U in July, 2010.
Teaching Interests:
Inorganic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Supramolecular/Materials Chemistry, General Chemistry Laboratory, Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Research Interests:
The general theme of our research is to discover molecules with unique structure and function. We are especially interested in applying a molecular building block approach to design supramolecular materials such as coordination polymers, metal-organic frameworks, and organic or metal-organic polyhedra. These supramolecular assemblies display a range of hierarchical structural features that mimic biological systems such as proteins and DNA and they are expected to exhibit functional properties that are not matched by their molecular precursors. We aim to explore these materials for a number of applications, particularly in the areas of alternative energy and environment, two of the greatest challenges facing the society today. Currently we are actively pursuing: 1) porous materials capable of selective gas adsorption (e.g., hydrogen storage and carbon dioxide capture); 2) supramolecular catalysts that activate small molecules (e.g., carbon dioxide reduction); 3) smart materials that respond to external stimuli (e.g., sensing and drug delivery).
Education:
  • Ph D, Inorganic Chemistry, University of South Florida, 2006
  • BA, Chemistry, Peking University, 2000
Publications:
  • Netzer, N. L., Dai, F., Wang, Z., Jiang, C., (2014), pH-Modulated Molecular Assemblies and Surface Properties of Metal–Organic Supercontainers at the Air–Water Interface, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 53, iss. 41, pp. 10965-10969.
  • Dai, F., Sambasivam, U., Hammerstrom, A. J., Wang, Z., (2014), Synthetic Supercontainers Exhibit Distinct Solution versus Solid State Guest-Binding Behavior , Journal of American Chemical Society, vol. 136, pp. 7480-7491.
  • Li, J., Hui, Y., Li, Z., Sun, H., Wang, Z., (2014), Luminescent lanthanide-2-phenylpyrimidinecarboxylate, CrystEngComm , p. Advance Article.
  • Dai, F., Dustin, D. C., Wang, Z., (2014), Modulating guest binding in sulfonylcalixarene-based metal–organic supercontainers, Chemical Communications, vol. 50, pp. 5385-5387.
  • Sun, H., Yin, D., Chen, Q., Wang, Z., (2013), Europium Pyrimidine-4,6-dicarboxylate Framework with a Single-, Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 52, pp. 3582-3584.
  • Wu, C., Rathi, M., Ahrenkiel, S. P., Koodali, R., Wang, Z., (2013), Facile synthesis of MOF-5 confined in SBA-15 hybrid material with enhanced hydrostability, Chemical Communications, vol. 49, pp. 1223-1225.
  • Dai, F., Wang, Z., (2012), Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers Incorporating Sulfonylcalixarenes, Journal of The American Chemical Society, vol. 134, pp. 8002-8005.
  • Garibay, S. J., Wang, Z., Cohen, S. M., (2010), Evaluation of Heterogeneous Metal-Organic Framework Organocatalysts Prepared by Postsynthetic Modification, Inorganic Chemistry , vol. 49, iss. 17, pp. 8086-8091.
  • Wang, Z., Tanabe, K. K., Cohen, S. M., (2010), Tuning Hydrogen Sorption Properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks by Postsynthetic Covalent Modification, Chemistry--A European Journal, vol. 16, iss. 1, pp. 212-217.
Presentations:
  • Wang, Z. (2013, September). Metal-Organic Super-Containers: ‘Molecular’ MOFs for Selective Adsorption of Small Molecules. Presented at the ACS Symposium on Porous Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Wang, Z. (2013, May). Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Beijing, China.
  • Wang, Z. (2013, May). Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Hangzhou, China.
  • Wang, Z. (2013, May). Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Shanghai, China.
  • Wang, Z. (2013, May). Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the 2013 MOF young investigators symposium, Shanghai, China.
  • Wang, Z. (2012, November). From Metal-Organic Frameworks to Metal-Organic Super-Containers: Nanoporous Materials for Clean Energy Applications. Presented at the NSF EPSCoR Planning Workshop, USD Campus.
  • Wang, Z. (2012, October). From Metal-Organic Frameworks to Metal-Organic Super-Containers: Nanoporous Materials for Clean Energy Applications. Presented at the CUBED Mini-Workshop, USD Campus.
  • Wang, Z. (2012, August). Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs): A New Family of Microporous Materials. Presented at the ACS Symposium on Metal Organic Frameworks for Energy Applications, 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hoefelmeyer, J., Shende, R., Smirnova, A., Puszynski, J., Fong, H., Ahrenkiel, P., Koodali, R., Sereda, G., Kilin, D., Sun, H., Wang, Z., He, H. (2012, April). South Dakota Catalysis Group 12-80. Presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science, Vermillion, SD.
  • Wang, Z. (2012, March). Azo-Containing, Stimuli-Responsive Porous Coordination Solids for Selective Gas Adsorption. Presented at the ACS Symposium on CO2 Capture, Conversion and Utilization, 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Wang, Z. (2011, November). Hydrogen Storage in Metal-Organic Frameworks. Presented at the PANS Catalysis Group Seminars, USD.
  • Wang, Z. (2010, September). Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Beyond: A Bottom-Up Approach to Functional Materials.
  • Wang, Z. (2010, June). Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Materials: Small Pores Solving Big Challenges.
  • Wang, Z. (2010, February). Performing Organic Reactions on Crystalline Solids: A Post-Synthetic Modification Approach to Functionalization of MOFs.