Zhenqiang Wang

Zhenqiang Wang

Associate Professor

CHEMISTRY

Pardee Estee Laboratory 213

Phone: (605) 677-7281

Email: Zhenqiang.Wang@usd.edu

Bio:

Dr. Wang received his B.S. degree in 2000 from Peking University (China). He then went on to pursue his graduate studies 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

Grants:

  • CAREER: Biomimetic Metal-Organic Super-Containers; Supplement Award, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Principal. (2016 - 2019)
  • Manipulation of Neurotransmitter Signaling using Nano-Scale "Supercontainers", USD Center for Brain & Behavior Research. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2015 - 2016)
  • CAREER: Biomimetic Metal-Organic Super-Containers, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Principal. (2014 - 2019)
  • Mimicking Protein-Ligand Binding in Synthetic Supercontainers, SD BOR. Grant Role: Principal. (2014 - 2015)
  • Structural Thermal Insulation Composites, NASA-EPSCoR. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2011 - 2016)

Publications:

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  • Qiao, Yupu, Zhang, Long, Li, Jia, Lin, Wei, and Wang, Zhenqiang. Switching on Supramolecular Catalysis via Cavity Mediation and Electrostatic Regulation, 12778-12782. Vol. 55. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2016. (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201606847)
  • Sapp, Wendi, , Adam E., Wang, Zhenqiang, and Kilin, Dmitri. Electronic and spectral properties of a metal-organic super container molecule by, 394-399. MOLECULAR PHYSICS, 2016. (DOI: 10.1080/00268976.00262015.01076899)
  • Dai, Feng-Rong, , Yupu Q., and Wang, Zhenqiang. Designing structurally tunable and functionally versatile synthetic supercontainers, 243-249. Vol. 3. Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 2016. (DOI: 10.1039/c5qi00212e)
  • Jia, Li, Sun, Hao-Ling, and Wang, Zhenqiang. Crystal structures and luminescent properties of new lanthanide(III) complexes derived from 2-phenyl-4-pyrimidinecarboxylate, 96855-96861. Vol. 5, Iss. 117. RSC Advances, 2015. (DOI: 10.1039/c5ra21607a)
  • Netzer, Nathan L., Dai, Feng-Rong, Wang, Zhenqiang, and Jiang, Chaoyang. pH-Modulated Molecular Assemblies and Surface Properties of Metal-Organic Supercontainers at the Air-Water Interface, 10965-10969. Vol. 53, Iss. 41. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014. (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201406733)
  • Dai, Feng-Rong, Dustin, Dustin C., and Wang, Zhenqiang. Modulating guest binding in sulfonylcalixarene-based metal-organic supercontainers, 5385-5387. Vol. 50. Chemical Communications, 2014. (DOI: 10.1039/c3cc47420h)
  • Li, Jia, Hui, Yan-Chun, Li, Zongsheng, Sun, Hao-Ling, and Wang, Zhenqiang. Luminescent lanthanide-2-phenylpyrimidinecarboxylate, 6483-6490. Vol. 16. CrystEngComm , 2014. (DOI: 10.1039/C4CE00360H )
  • Dai, Feng-Rong, Sambasivam, Uma, Hammerstrom, Alex J., and Wang, Zhenqiang. Synthetic Supercontainers Exhibit Distinct Solution versus Solid State Guest-Binding Behavior, 7480-7491. Vol. 136. Journal of American Chemical Society, 2014. (DOI: 10.1021/ja502839b)
  • Sun, Hao-Ling, Yin, Dan-Dan, Chen, Qi, and Wang, Zhenqiang. Europium Pyrimidine-4,6-dicarboxylate Framework with a Single-, 3582-3584. Vol. 52. Inorganic Chemistry, 2013. (DOI: 10.1021/ic302556r)
  • Wu, Chia-Ming, Rathi, Monika, Ahrenkiel, S. P., Koodali, Ranjit T., and Wang, Zhenqiang. Facile synthesis of MOF-5 confined in SBA-15 hybrid material with enhanced hydrostability, 1223-1225. Vol. 49. Chemical Communications, 2013. (DOI: 10.1039/c2cc38366g)
  • Dai, Feng-Rong, and Wang, Zhenqiang. Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers Incorporating Sulfonylcalixarenes, 8002-8005. Vol. 134. Journal of The American Chemical Society, 2012. (DOI: 10.1021/ja300095j)
  • Garibay, Sergio J., Wang, Zhenqiang, and Cohen, Seth M.. Evaluation of Heterogeneous Metal-Organic Framework Organocatalysts Prepared by Postsynthetic Modification, 8086-8091. Vol. 49, Iss. 17. Inorganic Chemistry , 2010.
  • Wang, Zhenqiang, Tanabe, Kristine K., and Cohen, Seth M.. Tuning Hydrogen Sorption Properties of Metal-Organic Frameworks by Postsynthetic Covalent Modification, 212-217. Vol. 16, Iss. 1. Chemistry--A European Journal, 2010.

Awards and Honors:

  • NSF CAREER Supplement Award, National Science Foundation, 2016
  • President's Award for Research Excellence: New-Mid Career Faculty, University of South Dakota, 2015
  • Manipulation of Neurotransmitter Signaling using Nano-Scale 'Supercontainers', USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe), 2015
  • Competitive Research Grant award, South Dakota Board of Regents, 2014
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • Structural Thermal Insulation Composites, NASA EPSCoR, 2011

Presentations:

  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Cavity-Mediated Catalysis in Meta-Organic Supercontainers. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks & Open Framework Compounds (MOF 2016), Long Beach, CA. (September 13, 2016)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Cavity-Mediated Catalysis via Meta-Organic Supercontainers. Presented at the The 66th Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association , Denver, CO. (July 25, 2016)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Materials Chemistry Research at the University of South Dakota. Presented at the Nebraska Materials, Manufacturing, and Nanotech Workshop, Lincoln, NE. (March 22, 2016)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Allosteric Modulation of Supramolecular Catalysis in Synthetic Supercontainers. Presented at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Molecular Containers Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii. (December 17, 2015)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Regulating molecular recognition in synthetic supercontainers. Presented at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Molecular Recognition and Self-Assembly, Division of Organic Chemistry, Denver, CO. (March 23, 2015)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Modulating Molecular Recognition in Synthetic Supercontainers. Presented at the Invited Seminar, Richardson, Dallas. (November 14, 2014)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Tuning Solid-State Porosity of Molecular Solids for Selective Gas Adsorption. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks Open Framework Compounds, Kobe, Japan. (September 28, 2014)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Tuning Solid-State Porosity of Molecular Solids for Selective Gas Adsorption. Presented at the 2nd MOF Young Investigators Symposium, Kyoto, Japan. (September 26, 2014)
  • Sapp, Wendi, Erck, Adam, Wang, Zhenqiang, Kilin, Dmitri. Comparison of computational and experimental approaches to understanding MOSC structural properties and host-guest interaction. Presented at the 54th Sanibel Symposium, St. George Island, GA. (February 15, 2014)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. 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. (September 8, 2013)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Beijing, China. (May 20, 2013)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Hangzhou, China. (May 17, 2013)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the Invited Seminar, Shanghai, China. (May 15, 2013)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. Molecular MOFs: Modular Assembly of Metal-Organic Super-Containers (MOSCs). Presented at the 2013 MOF young investigators symposium, Shanghai, China. (May 12, 2013)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. 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. (August 20, 2012)
  • Wang, Zhenqiang. 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. (March 27, 2012)