Our group focuses on the synthesis and application of orgnaic-inorganic hybrid materials.

A typical TEM picture of the material we synthesized


The strategies involve the supramolecular synthesis of periodic mesoporous organosilicas, sol-gel synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic armorphous materials, and surface organo-metallic synthesis of organometallic complex functionalized materials as well.


















































































































































Heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis

The porous organic-inorganic hybrid materials (OIHMs) with distinctive nanostructure and versatile functionality have attracted much attention because of their wide application potentials, especially in the field of catalysis. The research activities of our group are mainly focused on the designed synthesis of OIHMs with versatile functional groups and nanostructures and the application of OIHMs in catalytic production of chemicals.

Undergoing Projects:

Chiral separation
Stationary phases for chiral seperation


Photocatalytic water splitting


Solid acid catalysis
Production of MIBK from acetone


Oxygen reduction reaction


Asymmetric catalysis
Asymmetric hydrogenation
Asymmetric oxidation
Kinetic resolution


Research highlights

An efficient nanoreactor for catalysis

H. Yang, L. Zhang, L. Zhong, Q. H. Yang*, C. Li* Enhanced Cooperative Activation Effect in the Hydrolytic KineticResolution of Epoxides on [Co(salen)] Catalysts Confined in Nanocages Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 6861 –6865.

H. Yang, J. Li, J. Yang, Z. Liu, Q. H. Yang*, C. Li* Asymmetric reactions on chiral catalysts entrapped within a mesoporous cage Chemical Communications, 2007, 1086-1088


A green route for the production of ethylene glycol

Bo Li, Shiyang Bai, Xuefeng Wang, Mingmei Zhong, Qihua Yang*, Can Li*Hydration of Epoxides on [CoIII(salen)] Encapsulated in Silica-BasedNanoreactors Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. DOI:10.1002/anie.201203774


A nanoreactor with acid shell and base core for cascade reaction

Yan Yang, Xiao Liu, Xiaobo Li, Jiao Zhao, Shiyang Bai, Jian Liu,* and Qihua Yang*Yolk-Shell Nanoreactor with Basic Core and Acidic Shell for Cascade Reactions. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2012, In press. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201204829


PMO-BINAP as efficient catalysts for asymmetric hydrogenation

Peiyuan Wang, Xiao Liu, Jie Yang, Yan Yang, Lei Zhang, Qihua Yang*, Can Li Chirally functionalized mesoporous organosilicas with built-in BINAP ligand for asymmetric catalysis J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 8009-8014

Chirally functionalized PMOs as efficient statinary phases for chiral separation

G. Zhu, D. Jiang, Q. H. Yang*, J. Yang, C. Li* A Potential Chiral Stationary Phases: Bifunctionalized Mesoporous Organosilica Spheres Containing trans-(1R,2R)-Diaminocyclohexane in the Pore Journal of Chromatography A 2007, 1149, 219-227.


"Bottom-up" approach for construction of hierarchical organic–inorganic mesoporous materials from POSS nanobuilding blocks

L. Zhang, H. C. L. Abbenhuis, Q. H. Yang*, Y. M. Wang, P. C. M. M. Magusin, B. Mezari, R. A. van Santen,* C. Li* Mesoporous Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials Built Using Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Blocks Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 5003 –5006


Formation of multi-dimensional nanostructures based on "top-down" approach

Xiaobo Li, Xiao Liu, Yi Ma, Mingrun Li, Jiao Zhao, Hongchuan Xin, Lei Zhang, Yan Yang, Can Li,Qihua Yang*. Engineering the Formation of Secondary Building Blocks within the Hollow Interiors. Advanced Materials,2012, 24, 1424-1428.


Synthesis of hollow organosilica nanospheres in NaH2PO4-Na2HPO4 buffer solution


Synthesis of nanostructured metal oxides using coordination polymers as precursor

Jiao Zhao, Mingrun Li, Junliang Sun, Leifeng Liu, Panpan Su, Qihua Yang* and Can Li*. Metal-oxides nanoparticles with desired morphology inherited from coordination-polymer precursors. Chemistry-A European Journal, 2012, 18, 3163-3168.

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, SKLC
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics,DICP
Chinese Academy Sciences, CAS
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