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RESEARCH AREAS > Green Chemistry and Energy

Green Chemistry and Energy

Green Chemistry and Energy, which encompass the development of catalysts and nanocomposites for the green synthesis of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biomass and carbon dioxide conversion, water purification, and energy applications.

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Research Projects

1. Catalytic Systems for Green Synthesis, Carbon Dioxide Utilization and Renewable Energy

Jinquan Wang, Yuan Yuan, Yugen Zhang and Jackie Y. Ying

IBN is investigating the use of green and environmentally friendly technologies for organic synthesis. We are creating highly efficient and selective catalysts such as nano-structured metal oxide catalysts and metal-free polymer catalysts, for the dehydration of biomass into chemicals, fuels and materials. We are also working on converting harmful greenhouse gases into useful chemicals or fuels, for example, the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbonates with organocatalysts. In addition, we are working on the production of hydrogen from water using photocatalysis and photo-electrochemical approaches.

2. Nanomaterials for Battery and Energy Applications

Jinhua Yang, Yue Yu, Xun Yuan, Ayman Amin Abdelhamid Amin, Jian Liang Cheong, Jinquan Wang, Siti Nurhanna Riduan, Alex Eng, Su Seong Lee, Yugen Zhang and Jackie Y. Ying

Nanomaterials have attracted significant attention for energy applications in recent years due to their excellent properties. Our research is focused on the design and synthesis of a variety of nanostructures, including nanoclusters with customized sizes, nanosheets, nanocrystals with tailored morphologies, and mesostructured materials, nanocomposite systems, porous organic polymers and metal organic frameworks. These novel materials are promising for use in stable, efficient, high-capacity battery and supercapacitor applications.

3. Phase-Selective Organogelators for Oil Spill Treatment

Changliang Ren and Huaqiang Zeng

Marine oil spills can cause devastating and lasting damage to the environment and ecosystem, and are difficult to clean up using currently available oil-control techniques. We are developing cost-effective organogelators that can phase-selectively congeal oil from oily water, and allow easy separation of the gelled oil from water. It is made up of small organic molecules that can instantly self-assemble into nanofibers to form a 3D net that traps the oil molecules into clumps that can be skimmed off the water surface. This is a novel solution to clean up polluted water caused by oil spills.

4. Water Channel-Based Biomimetic Membranes for Water Desalination

Jie Shen, Feng Chen, Changliang Ren, Arundhati Roy and Huaqiang Zeng

Commercial use of water-transporting aquaporins has been explored for wastewater reclamation and re-use as well as seawater desalination. However, significant challenges associated with manipulating channel proteins in terms of complexity, stability, scalability and activity reconstitution still remain. An alternative strategy is to design small molecule-based synthetic water channels that can mimic aquaporins in functionality for various water purification applications. Towards this goal, we are developing synthetic water channel-based membranes to desalinate seawater with higher salt rejection rates at much lower pressures than the current seawater reverse osmosis technology. These novel biomimetic membranes could form the basis for the next generation of water purification technology with less energy consumption and better performance. In addition, the low production cost of the membranes makes it attractive for other potential applications, such as pharmaceutical separations, artificial skin and kidney.

Research Publications

  1. Y. Zhang, X. Li and J. Ko, "Highly Efficient Gas Phase Oxidation of Renewable Furfural to Maleic Anhydride over Plate VPO Catalyst," ChemSusChem, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201701866

  2. J. Wang, C. S. Chen and Y. Zhang, "Hexaazatrinaphthylene-Based Porous Organic Polymers as Organic Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Battery," ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b03165

  3. A. A. AbdelHamid, J. H. Soh, Y. Yu and J. Y. Ying, "Graphene Oxide-Templated Synthesis of Ternary Oxide Nanosheets for High Performance Li-ion Battery Anodes," Nano Energy, 44 (2018) 399-410

  4. J. A. De Toro, M. Vasilakaki, S. S. Lee, M. S. Andersson, P. S. Normile, N. Yaacoub, P. Murray, E. H. Sanchez, P. Muniz, D. Peddis, R. Mathieu, K. Liu, J. Geshev, K. N. Trohidou and J. Nogues, "Remanence Plots as a Probe of Spin Disorder in Magnetic Nanoparticles," Chemistry of Materials, (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02522

  5. Changliang Ren, Jie Shen and Huaqiang Zeng, "Combinatorial Evolution of Fast-Conducting Highly Selective K+- Channels via Modularly Tunable Directional Assembly of Crown Ethers," Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2017) DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04335

  6. Y. Zhang, S. N. Riduan and J. Wang, "Redox Active Metal- and Covalent Organic Frameworks for Energy Storage: Balancing Porosity and Electrical Conductivity," Chemistry: A European Journal, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/chem.201702919

  7. S. P. Teong, J. Lim and Y. Zhang, "Vinylation of Aryl Ether (Lignin β-O-4 Linkage) and Epoxides with Calcium Carbide via C-O Bond Cleavage," ChemSusChem, 10 (2017) 3198-3120

  8. A. A. AbdelHamid, Y. Yu, J. Yang and J. Y. Ying, "Generalized Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanosheets and Their Application as Li-Ion Battery Anodes," Advanced Materials, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701427

  9. X. W. Hu, X. Chen, Y. Zhu, H. Q. Zeng, H. F. Jiang and W. Zeng, "Rh(III)-Catalyzed Carboamination of Propargyl Cycloalkanols with Arylamines via Csp2–H/Csp3–Csp3 Activation," Organic Letters, 19 (2017) 3473-3477

  10. H. Zhao, J. Shen, C. Ren, W. Zeng and H. Zeng, "A Foldamer-Based Organocatalyst for Direct Arylations of Unactivated Arenes," Organic Letters, 19[8] (2017) 2190-2193

  11. C. Ren, J. Shen, F. Chen and H. Zeng, "Rapid Room-Temperature Gelation of Crude Oils by a Wetted Powder Gelator," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201611852

  12. S. P. Teong, A. Y. H. Chua, S. Deng, X. Li and Y. Zhang, "Direct Vinylation of Natural Alcohols and Derivatives with Calcium Carbide," Green Chemistry, (2017) DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03579E

  13. D. Yu, F. Zhou, D. S. W. Lim, H. Su and Y. Zhang, "NHC-Ag/Pd Catalyzed Reductive Carboxylation of Terminal Alkyne with CO2 and H2, A Combined Experimental and Computational Study for Fine-Tuned Selectivity," ChemSusChem, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201601785

  14. J. Shen, C. Ren and H. Zeng, "Surprisingly High Selectivity and High Affinity in Mercury Recognition by H-Bonded Cavity-Containing Aromatic Foldarands," Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2017) DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b13342

  15. X. Li, B. Ho, D. S. W. Lim and Y. Zhang, "Highly Efficient Formic Acid-Mediated Oxidation of Renewable Furfural to Maleic Acid with H2O2," Green Chemistry, (2017) DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03020C

  16. X. Li and Y. Zhang, "Highly Selective Deoxydehydration of Tartaric Acid over Supported and Unsupported Rhenium Catalysts with Modified Acidities," Highly Selective Deoxydehydration of Tartaric Acid over, (2016) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600865

  17. Y. Zhang, J. Wang and S. N. Riduan, "Strategies Toward Improving the Performance of Organic Electrodes in Rechargeable Lithium (Sodium) Battery," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C6TA05231B

  18. Jian Liang Cheong, Yaling Shao, Sherman J. R. Tan, Xiukai Li, Yugen Zhang and Su Seong Lee, "Highly Active and Selective Zr/MCF Catalyst for Production of 1,3-Butadiene from Ethanol in a Dual Fixed Bed Reactor System," ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01193

  19. J. Wang and Y. Zhang, "Facile Synthesis of N-Rich Porous Azo-Linked Frameworks for Selective CO2 Capture and Conversion," Green Chemistry, (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01114D

  20. J. Wang and Y. Zhang, "Boronic Acids as Hydrogen Bond Donor Catalysts for Efficient Conversion of CO2 into Organic Carbonate in Water," ACS Catalysis, 6 (2016) 4871-4876

  21. Ayman A. AbdelHamid, Xianfeng Yang, Jinhua Yang, Xiaojun Chen and Jackie Y. Ying, "Graphene-Wrapped Nickel Sulfide Nanoprisms with Improved Performance for Li-Ion Battery Anodes and Supercapacitors," Nano Energy, 26 (2016) 425-437

  22. Y. Huo, H. Zeng and Y. Zhang, "Integrating Metabolic Engineering and Heterogeneous Chemocatalysis: New Opportunities for Biomass to Chemicals," ChemSusChem, 9[10] (2016) 1078-1080

  23. C. Ren, G. H. B. Ng, H. Wu, K. H. Chan, J. Shen, C. Teh, J. Y. Ying and H. Zeng, "Instant Room-Temperature Gelation of Crude Oil by Chiral Organogelators," Chemistry of Materials, (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b0136

  24. S. P. Teong, D. Yu, Y. N. Sum and Y. Zhang, "Copper Catalysed Alkynylation of Tertiary Amines with CaC2 via sp3 C–H Activation," Green Chemistry, (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00872K

  25. X. Li, B. Ho and Y. Zhang, "Selective Aerobic Oxidation of Furfural to Maleic Anhydride with Heterogeneous Mo-V-O Catalysts," Green Chemistry, 18 (2016) 2976-2980

  26. X. Li and Y. Zhang, "Oxidative Dehydration of Glycerol to Acrylic Acid over Vanadium Substituted Cesium Salts of Keggin-type Heteropolyacids," ACS Catalysis, (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b00213

  27. X. Cao and Y. Zhang, "Palladium Catalyzed Direct Benzylation/Allylation of Malonates with Alcohols -- in-situ C-O Bond Activation," Green Chemistry, (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00163G

  28. S. N. Riduan, Y. Yuan, F. Zhou, J. Leong, H. Su and Y. Zhang, "Ultrafast Killing and Self-Gelling Antimicrobial Imidazolium Oligomers," Small, (2016) DOI: 10.1002/smll.201600006

  29. J. Wang, L. Gao, Y. M. Lee, K. A. Kalesh, Y. S. Ong, J. Lim, J. E. Jee, H. Sun, S. S. Lee, Z. C. Hua and Q. Lin, "Target Identification of Natural and Traditional Medicines with Quantitative Chemical Proteomics Approaches," Pharmacology & Therapeutics, (2016) DOI: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2016.01.010

  30. D. S. W. Lim, T. T. S. Lew, and Y. Zhang, "Direct Amidation of N-Boc- and N-Cbz-Protected Amines via Rhodium-Catalyzed Coupling of Arylboroxines and Carbamates," Organic Letters, 17[24] (2015) 6054-6057

  31. X. Li and Y. Zhang, "Highly Efficient Process for the Conversion of Glycerol to Acrylic Acid via Gas Phase Catalytic Oxidation of an Allyl Alcohol Intermediate," ACS Catalysis, 6[1] (2016) 143–150

  32. S. N. Riduan, J. Y. Ying, Y. Zhang, "Solid Poly-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed CO2 Reduction with Hydrosilanes," Journal of Catalysis, (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2015.09.009

  33. G. Yi, S. P. Teong, Y. Zhang, "Base-Free Conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-furandicarboxylic Acid Over a Ru/C Catalyst," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01584G

  34. R. Peltier, G. Chen, H, Lei, M. Zhang, L. Gao, S.S. Lee, Z. Wang and H. Sun, "Rational Design of Peptide-based Hydrogel Responsive to H2S," Chemical Communications, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06889D

  35. W. Ma, C. Wang, J. Li, K. Zhang, Y.-J. Lu, Y. Huo and H. Zeng, "The Dynamics, Energetics and Selectivity of Water Chain-Containing Aquapores Created by the Self-Assembly of Aquafoldamer Molecules," Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/c5ob01732g

  36. Y. Liu, J. Shen, C. Sun, C. Ren and H. Zeng, "Intramolecularly H-Bonded Aromatic Pentamers as Modularly Tunable Macrocyclic Receptors for Selective Recognition of Metal Ions," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137[37] (2015) 12055-12063

  37. X. Li and Y. Zhang, "The Conversion of 5-Hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) to Maleic Anhydride with Vanadium-based Heterogeneous Catalysts," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01794G

  38. X. Li and Y. Zhang, "The Conversion of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to Maleic Anhydride with Vanadium-Based Heterogeneous Catalysts," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01794G

  39. X. Li, B. Li, L. Chen, J. Hu, C. Wen, Q. Zheng, L. Wu, H. Zeng, B. Gong and L. Yuan, "Liquid-Crystalline Mesogens Based on Cyclo[6]aramides: Distinctive Phase Transitions in Response to Macrocyclic Host-Guest Interactions," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54 (2015) 11147-11152

  40. X. Li, B. Li, L. Chen, J. Hu, C. Wen, Q. Zheng, L. Wu, H. Zeng, B. Gong and L. Yuan, "Liquid-Crystalline Mesogens Based on Cyclo[6]aramides: Distinctive Phase Transitions in Response to Macrocyclic Host–Guest Interactions," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, (2015) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201505278

  41. T. T. Salim Lew, D. S. W. Lim and Y. Zhang, "Copper(I)-Catalyzed Amidation Reaction of Organoboronic Esters and Isocyanates," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/c5gc01374g

  42. J. Wang, J. G. W. Yang, G. Yi and Y. Zhang, "Phosphonium Salt Incorporated Hypercrosslinked Porous Polymer for CO2 Capture and Conversion," Chemical Communications, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06295K

  43. M. H. Wong, Z. Zhang, X. Yang, X. Chen and J. Y. Ying, "One-Pot In Situ Redox Synthesis of Hexacyanoferrate/Conductive Polymer Hybrids as Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes," Chemical Communications, 51 (2015) 13674-13677

  44. Y. Zhang and D. S. W. Lim, "Synergistic Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion in Porous Materials," ChemSusChem, 8[16] (2015) 2606-2608

  45. J. Wang, G. Yi, W. Sng Sng and Y. Zhang, "Imidazolium Salts-Modified Porous Hypercrosslinked Polymers for A Synergistic CO2 Capture and Conversion," Chemical Communications, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04702A

  46. S. P. Teong, G. Yi, H. Zeng and Y. Zhang, "The Effects of Emulsion on Sugar Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in a Biphasic System," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00580A

  47. L. L. Chng, J. Yang and J. Y. Ying, "Efficient Synthesis of Amides and Esters from Alcohols under Aerobic Ambient Conditions Catalyzed by a Au/Mesoporous Al2O3 Nanocatalyst," ChemSusChem, 8[11] (2015) 1916-1925

  48. J. Yang, X. F. Yang, Y. L. Zhong and J. Y. Ying, "Porous MnO/Mn3O4 Nanocomposites for Electrochemical Energy Storage," Nano Energy, 13 (2015) 702-708

  49. Y. Zhang and J. Y. Ying, "Main-Chain Organic Frameworks with Advanced Catalytic Functionalities," ACS Catalysis, 5 (2015) 2681-2691

  50. Guangshun Yi,* Siew Ping Teong, and Yugen Zhang*, "The Direct Conversion of Sugars into 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid in a Triphasic System," ChemSusChem, (2015) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201500118

  51. X. Cao, S. P. Teong, D. Wu, G. Yi, H. Su and Y. Zhang, "Enzyme Mimic Ammonium Polymer as a Single Catalyst for Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural," Green Chemistry, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C4GC02488E

  52. J. L. Cheong, J. Lim, J. K. C. Toh, J. E. Jee, L. L. Wong, S. Venkataraman, S. S. Lee and S-G. Lee, "Effects of Incorporation of Azido Moieties into the Hydrophobic Core of Coiled Coil Peptides," Chemical Communications, (2015) DOI: 10.1039/c4cc09089f

  53. X. F. Yang, J.-H. Yang, K. Zaghrib, M. L. Trudeau and J. Y. Ying, "Synthesis of Phase-Pure Li2MnSiO4@C Porous Nanoboxes for High-Capacity Li-Ion Battery Cathodes," Nano Energy, 12 (2015) 305-313

  54. L. Chen, S. Cai, J. Lim, S. S. Lee and S.-G. Lee, "Elucidating pH-Dependent Collagen Triple Helix Formation through Interstrand Hydroxyproline-Glutamic Acid Interactions," ChemBioChem Communications, 16[3] (2015) 407-410

  55. J. L. Cheong, D. Wong, S. G. Lee, J. Lim and S. S. Lee, "Role of Grafted Alkoxybenzylidene Ligand in Silica-Supported Hoveyda–Grubbs-Type Catalysts," Chemical Communications, 51 (2014) 1042-1045

  56. J. E. Jee, J. Lim, H. Hyun, J. Oon, Y. S. Ong, C. Massif, Y.T. Chang, H. S. Choi and S. S. Lee, "Investigating Fluorescent Dyes in Fluorescenceassisted Screenings," Chemical Communications, 50 (2014) 15220-15223

  57. J. Liu, C. Sun, W. Ma, Y. J. Lu, L. Yu, K. Zhang and H. Zeng, "A Conformationally Switchable Fluorescent Oligophenol Foldamer for Selective Sensing of Copper(II) Ions," RSC Advances, 4 (2014) 54469

  58. H. Zhao, S. Sheng, Y. Hong and H. Zeng, "Proton Gradient-Induced Water Transport Mediated by Water Wires inside Narrow Aquapores of Aquafoldamer Molecules," Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2014) DOI: 10.1021/ja5077537

  59. D. Yu, S. P. Teong and Y. Zhang, "Transition Metal Complex Catalyzed Carboxylation Reactions with Carbon Dioxide," Coordination Chemistry Reviews, (2014) DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.09.002

  60. Y. He, M. Xu, R. Gao, X. Li, F. Li, X. Wu, D. Xu, H. Zeng and L. Yuan, "Two-Component Supramolecular Gels Derived from Amphiphilic Shape-Persistent Cyclo[6]aramides for Specific Recognition of Native Arginine," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, (2014) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201407092

  61. J. Shen, W. Ma, L. Yu, J. B. Li, H. C. Tao, K. Zhang and H. Zeng, "Size-Dependent Patterned Recognition and Extraction of Metal Ions by a Macrocyclic Aromatic Pyridone Pentamer," Chemical Communications, (2014) DOI: 10.1039/c4cc05197a

  62. J. Wang, J. Leong and Y. Zhang, "Efficient Fixation of Carbon Dioxide into Cyclic Carbonates Catalysed by Silicon-Based Main Chain Poly-Imidazolium Salts," Green Chemistry, 16 (2014) 4515-4519

  63. L. Gu, T. Lu, X. Li and Y. Zhang, "A Highly Efficient Thiazolylidene Catalyzed Acetoin Formation: Reaction, Tolerance and Catalyst Recycling," Chemical Communications, 50 (2014) 12308-12310

  64. T. Lu, X. Li, L. Gu and Y. Zhang, "Vitamin B1-Catalyzed Acetoin Formation from Acetaldehyde: A Key Step for Upgrading Bioethanol to Bulk C4 Chemicals," ChemSusChem, 7[9] (2014) 2423-2426

  65. L. L. Chng, J. Yang, Y. Wei and J. Y. Ying, "Palladium Nanomaterials in Catalytic Intramolecular C–H Amination Reactions," Chemical Communications, (2014) DOI: 10.1039/c4cc03551h

  66. J.-E. Jee, Y. L. Ang, J. Cha, M. W. Ang, J. Ling, J. Lim and S. S. Lee, "Combinatorial Bead-Based Peptide Libraries Improved for Rapid and Robust Screenings," Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 17 (2014) 520-530

  67. S. Ping Teong, G. Yi, X. Cao and Y. Zhang, "Poly-benzylic Ammonium Chloride Resins as Solid Catalysts for Fructose Dehydration," ChemSusChem, (2014) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402131

  68. G. Yi, S. P. Teong, X. Li and Y. Zhang, "Purification of Biomass-Derived 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural and Its Catalytic Conversion to 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid," ChemSusChem, (2014) DOI: 0.1002/cssc.201402105

  69. D. Ling, L. Gao, J. Wang, M. Shokouhimehr, J. Liu, Y. Yu, M.J. Hackett, P.-K. So, B. Zheng, Z. Yao, J. Xia and T. Hyeon, "A General Strategy for Site-Directed Enzyme Immobilization by Using NiO Nanoparticle Decorated Mesoporous Silica," Chemistry – A European Journal, 20 (2014) 7916-7921

  70. L. Gu, J. Lim, J. L. Cheong and S. S. Lee, "MCF-Supported Boronic Acids as Efficient Catalysts for Direct Amide Condensation of Carboxylic Acids and Amines," Chemical Communications, 50 (2014) 7017-7019

  71. J. Hu, L. Chen, J. Shen, J. Luo, P. Deng, Y. Ren, H. Zeng, W. Feng and L. Yuan, "Convergent Heteroditopic Cyclo[6]aramides as Mmacrocyclic Ion-Pair Receptors for Constructing [2]Pseudorotaxanes," Chemical Communications, (2014) DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02557A

  72. X. Yang, J. Yang, Y. L. Zhong, V. Gariepy, M. L. Trudeau, K. Zaghib and J. Y. Ying, "Hollow Melon-Seed-Shaped Lithium Iron Phosphate Micro-and Sub-Micrometer Plates for Lithium-Ion Batteries," ChemSusChem, (2014) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201400152

  73. X. Li, D. Wu, T. Lu, G. Yi, H. Su and Y. Zhang, "Highly Efficient Chemical Process To Convert Mucic Acid into Adipic Acid and DFT Studies of the Mechanism of the Rhenium-Catalyzed Deoxydehydration," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53[16] (2014) 4200-4204

  74. H. Fu, H. Chang, J. Shen, L. Yu, B. Qin, K. Zhang and H. Zeng, "An Unusual Macrocyclization Reagent for Highly Selective One-Pot Synthesis of Strained Macrocyclic Aromatic Hexamers," Chemical Communications, (2014) DOI: 10.1039/C3CC48576E

  75. S. P. Teong, G. Yi and Y. Zhang, "Hydroxymethylfurfural Production from Bioresources: Past, Present and Future," Green Chemistry, (2014) DOI: 10.1039/C3GC42018C

  76. J. Yang, L. L. Chng, X. Yang, X. Chen and J. Y. Ying, "Multiply-Twinned Intermetallic AuCu Pentagonal Nanorods," Chemical Communications, 50[9] (2013) 1141-1143

  77. M. X. Tan, Y. N. Sum, J. Y. Ying and Y. Zhang, "A Mesoporous Poly-Melamine-Formaldehyde Polymer as a Solid Sorbent for Toxic Metal Removal," Energy & Environmental Science, 6[11] (2013) 3254-3259

  78. S. N. Riduan and Y. Zhang, "Imidazolium Salts and Their Polymeric Materials for Biological Applications," Chemical Society Reviews, 42[23] (2013) 9055-9070

  79. Y. N. Sum, D. Yu and Y. Zhang, "Synthesis of Acetylenic Alcohols with Calcium Carbide as the Acetylene Source," Green Chemistry, 15[10] (2013) 2718-2721

  80. Y. C. Teo, S. N. Riduan and Y. Zhang, "Iodine-Mediated Arylation of Benzoxazoles with Aldehydes," Green Chemistry, 15[9] (2013) 2365-2368

  81. M. X. Tan, Y. Zhang and J. Y. Ying, "Mesoporous Poly(Melamine-Formaldehyde) Solid Sorbent for Carbon Dioxide Capture," ChemSusChem, 6[7] (2013) 1186-1190

  82. M. Reithofer, Y. N. Sum and Y. Zhang, "Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates with Carbon Dioxide and Cesium Carbonate," Green Chemistry, (2013) DOI: 10.1039/C3GC40790J

  83. J. A. De Toro, S. S. Lee, D. Salazar, J. L. Cheong, P. S. Normile, P. Muñiz, J. M. Riveiro, M. Hillenkamp, F. Tournus, A. Tamion and P. Nordblad, "A Nanoparticle Replica of the Spin-Glass State," Applied Physics Letter, 102[18] (2013) 183104

  84. J. A. De Toro, P. S. Normile, S. S. Lee, D. Salazar, J. L. Cheong, P. Muñiz, J. M. Riveiro, M. Hillenkamp, F. Tournus, A. Tamion and P. Nordblad, "Controlled Close-Packing of Ferrimagnetic Nanoparticles: An Assessment of the Role of Interparticle Superexchange Versus Dipolar Interactions," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117 (2013) 10213-10219

  85. D. Yu, Y. N. Sum, A. C. E. Chng, M. P. Chin, and Y. Zhang, "Acetylide Ion as a Synthon to Link Electrophiles and Nucleophiles: A Simple Method for Enaminone Synthesis," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 52[19] (2013) 5125-5128

  86. L. Gu, T. Lu, M. Zhang, L. Tou and Y. Zhang, "Efficient Oxidative Chlorination of Aromatics on Saturated Sodium Chloride Solution," Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 355[6] (2013) 1077-1082

  87. M. X. Tan, L. Gu, N. Li, J. Y. Ying and Y. Zhang, "Mesoporous Poly-Melamine-Formaldehyde (mPMF) – A Highly Efficient Catalyst for Chemoselective Acetalization of Aldehydes," Green Chemistry, (2013) DOI: 10.1039/C3GC40297E

  88. Y. Wang, N. L. Ibrahim, J. Jiang, S. Gao, N. Erathodiyil, and J. Y. Ying, "Construction of Block Copolymers for the Coordinated Delivery of Doxorubicin and Magnetite Nanocubes," Journal of Controlled Release, 169[3] (2013) 211-219

  89. S. N. Riduan, J. Y. Ying, and Y. Zhang, "Mechanistic Insights into the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with Silanes over N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysts," ChemCatChem, (2013) DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200721

  90. Benjamin W. J. Chen, L. L. Chng, J. Yang, Y. Wei, J. Yang, and J. Y. Ying, "Palladium-Based Nanocatalyst for One-Pot Synthesis of Polysubstituted Quinolines," ChemCatChem, (2012) DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200496

  91. J. Y. Ying, "Cells Made of Silica," Nature Nanotechnology, 7 (2013) 777-778

  92. L. Liu, H. Wu S. N. Riduan, J. Y. Ying and Y. Zhang, "Short Imidazolium Chains Effectively Clear Fungal Biofilm in Keratitis Treatment," Biomaterials, (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.10.050

  93. J. Zhang, B. P. Ting and J. Y. Ying, "Theoretical Assessment of Binding and Mass-Transport Effects in Electrochemical Affinity Biosensors That Utilize Nanoparticle Labels for Signal Amplification," Chemistry - A European Journal, (2012) DOI: 10.1002/chem.201201384

  94. F. Anariba, L. L. Chng, N. S. Abdullah and F. E. H. Tay, "Syntheses, Optical Properties, and Bioapplications of the Aggregation-Induced Emission of 2,3,4,5-Tetraphenylcyclopenta-2,4-Dienyl Benzene Derivatives," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 (2012) 19303-19310

  95. J. Yang , X. Chen , X. Yang and J. Y. Ying, "Stabilization and Compressive Strain Effect of AuCu Core on Pt Shell for Oxygen Reduction Reaction," Energy & Environmental Science, (2012) DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22172A

  96. G. Yi and Y. Zhang, "One-Pot Selective Conversion of Hemicellulose (Xylan) to Xylitol under Mild Conditions," ChemSusChem, (2012) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200290

  97. H. Deng, W. Shen, Y. Peng, X. Chen, G. Yi, and Z. Gao, "Nanoparticulate Peroxidase/Catalase Mimetic and Its Application," in Chemistry – A European Journal, 18[29] (2012) 8906- 8911

  98. D. Yu, S. Lee, Y. N. Sum and Y. Zhang, "Selective Formation of Formamidines or 7-Aminomethylbenzoxazoles from Unprecedented Couplings between Benzoxazoles and Amines," Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 354[9] (2012) 1672-1678

  99. S. S. Lee, S. N. Riduan, N. Erathodiyil, J. Lim, J. L. Cheong, J. Cha, Y. Han, and J. Y. Ying, "Magnetic Nanoparticles Entrapped in Siliceous Mesocellular Foam: A New Catalyst Support," Chemistry - A European Journal, 18[24] (2012) 7394-7403

  100. D. Yu, M. X. Tan, and Y. Zhang, "Carboxylation of Terminal Alkynes with Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Poly(N-Heterocyclic Carbene)-Supported Silver Nanoparticles," Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 354[6] (2012) 969-974

  101. S. N. Riduan, J. Y. Ying, and Y. Zhang, "Carbon Dioxide Mediated Stereoselective Copper-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkynes and Thiols," Organic Letters, 14[7] (2012) 1780-1783

  102. L. Bao, W.-L. Low, J. Jiang, and J. Y. Ying, "Colloidal Synthesis of Magnetic Nanorods with Tunable Aspect Ratios," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22[15] (2012) 7117-7120

  103. Z. Lin, D. Yu, Y. N. Sum, and Y. Zhang, "Synthesis of Functional Acetylene Derivatives from Calcium Carbide," ChemSusChem, 5[4] (2012) 625-628

  104. J. Y. Ying, "Metamaterials: Turning a Negative into a Positive," Nature Chemistry, 4[3] (2012) 159-160

  105. Q. Kang, and Y. Zhang, "Copper-Catalyzed Highly Efficient Aerobic Oxidative Synthesis of Imines From Alcohols and Amines," Green Chemistry, 14[4] (2012) 1016-1019

  106. J. Cha, J. Lim, Y. Zheng, S. Tan, Y. L. Ang, J. Oon, M. W. Ang, J. Ling, M. Bode and S. S. Lee, "Process Automation Toward Ultra-High-Throughput Screening of Combinatorial One-Bead-One-Compound (OBOC) Peptide Libraries," Journal of Laboratory Automation, 17[3] (2012) 186-200

  107. J. Garcia-Martinez, M. Johnson, J. Valla, K. Li and J. Y. Ying, "Mesostructured Zeolite Y – High Hydrothermal Stability and Superior FCC Catalytic Performance," Catalysis, Science & Technology, 2 (2012) 987-994

  108. Y. Zhang and S. N. Riduan, "Functional Porous Organic Polymers for Heterogeneous Catalysis," Chemical Society Reviews, 41[6] (2011) 2083-2094

  109. L. L. Chng, J. Zhang, J. Yang, M. Amoura and J. Y. Ying, "C-C Bond Formation via C-H Activation and C-N Bond Formation via Oxidative Amination Catalyzed by Palladium-Polyoxometalate Nanomaterials Using Dioxygen as the Terminal Oxidant," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 353 (2011) 2988-2998

  110. L. Lai and Y. Zhang, "The Production of 5-Hydroxymethyl-furfural from Fructose in iso-Propanol, A Green and Efficient System," ChemSusChem, 4 (2011) 1745-1748

  111. J. Zhang, B. P. Ting, Y. T. Koh and J. Y. Ying, "Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles Using Electrogenerated Reduced Forms of [α-SiW12O40]4- as Both Reductants and Stabilizing Agents," Chemistry of Materials, 23 (2011) 4688-4693

  112. S. W. Millward, R. K. Henning, G. A. Kwong, S. Pitram, H. D. Agnew, K. M. Deyle, A. Nag, J. Hein, S. S. Lee, J. Lim, J. A. Pfeilsticker, K. B. Sharpless and J. R. Heath, "Iterative In Situ Click Chemistry Assembles a Branched Capture Agent and Allosteric Inhibitor for Akt1," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133[45] (2011) 18280-18288

  113. N. Erathodiyil, H. Gu, H. Shao, J. Jiang and J. Y. Ying, "Enantioselective Hydrogenation of α-Ketoesters Over Alkaloid-Modified Platinum Nanowires," Green Chemistry, 13 (2011) 3070-3074

  114. Z. Lin, D. Yu and Y. Zhang, "Propargylic Amines Constructed via Copper-Catalyzed Three Component-Coupling of Terminal Alkyne, Benzal Halide and Amine," Tetrahedron Letters, 52[38] (2011) 4967-4970

  115. Q. Kang and Y. Zhang, "N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Aza-Michael Addition," Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 9[19] (2011) 6715-6720

  116. Y. Zhang and S. N. Riduan, "Catalytic Hydrocarboxylation of Alkenes and Alkynes with CO2," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50 (2011) 6210-6212

  117. N. Erathodiyil and J. Y. Ying, "Functionalization of Inorganic Nanoparticles for Bioimaging Applications," Accounts of Chemical Research, 44 (2011) 925-935

  118. Y. Zhang, M. X. Tan, H. Li, Y. Zheng, H. Zhang and J. Y. Ying, "Mesoscopic Organic Nanosheets Peeled from Stacked 2D Covalent Frameworks," Chemical Communications, 47 (2011) 7365-7367

  119. A. W. H. Lin, C. Y. Ang, P. K. Patra, Y. Han, H. Gu, J.-M. Le Breton, J. Juraszek, H. Chiron, G. C. Papaefthymiou, S. T. Selvan and J. Y. Ying, "Seed-Mediated Synthesis, Properties and Application of λ-Fe2O3-CdSe Magnetic Quantum Dots," Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 184[8] (2011) 2150-2158

  120. J. Yang, X. Chen, F. Ye, C. Wang, Y. Zheng and J. Yang, "Core-Shell CdSe@Pt Nanocomposites with Superior Electrocatalytic Activity Enhanced by Lateral Strain Effect," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (2011) 9088-9094

  121. Y. Zhang, L. Chen and T. Lu, "A Copper(II) Triflate-Catalyzed Tandem Friedel-Crafts Alkylation/Cyclization Process Towards Dihydroindenes," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 353 (2011) 1055-1060

  122. Y. Li, Y. Lu, H. Hong, Y. Chen, X. Ma, L. Guo, Z. Wang, J. Chen, M. Zhu, J. Ni, H. Gu, J. Lu and J. Y. Ying, "Synthesis of Pt@Fe2O3 Nanorods as MRI Probes for In Vivo Application," Chemical Communications, 47 (2011) 6320-6322

  123. J. Yang and J. Y. Ying, "Nanocomposites of Ag2S and Noble Metals," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50 (2011) 4637-4643

  124. J. Mao, X. Cao, J. Zhen, H. Shao, H. Gu, J. Lu and J. Y. Ying, "Facile Synthesis of Hybrid Nanostructures from Nanoparticles, Nanorods and Nanowires," Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (2011) 11478-11481

  125. D. Y. Yu and Y. Zhang, "The Direct Carboxylation of Terminal Alkynes with Carbon Dioxide," Green Chemistry, 13[5] (2011) 1275-1279

  126. L. Gu, B. S. Neo and Y. Zhang, "Gold-Catalyzed Direct Amination of Arenes with Azodicarboxylates," Organic Letters, 13[7] (2011) 1872-1887

  127. D. Y. Yu and Y. Zhang, "Copper-Catalyzed Three-Component Coupling of Terminal Alkyne, Dihalomethane and Amine to Propargylic Amines," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 353[1] (2011) 163-169

  128. Y. Han, P. Pitukmanorom, L. Zhao and J. Y. Ying, "Generalized Synthesis of Mesoporous Shells on Zeolite Crystals," Small, 7[3] (2010) 326-332

  129. M. X. Tan, L. Zhao and Y. Zhang, "Production of 5-Hydroxymethyl Furfural from Cellulose in CrCl2/Zeolite/BMIMCl System," Biomass & Bioenergy, 35[3] (2010) 1367-1370

  130. J. Yang, J. Y. Lee and J. Y. Ying, "Phase Transfer and Its Applications in Nanotechnology," Chemical Society Reviews, 40[3] (2010) 1672-1696

  131. D. Yu and Y. Zhang, "Copper- and Copper–N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed C–H Activating Carboxylation of Terminal Alkynes with CO2 at Ambient Conditions," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107[47] (2010) 20184-20189

  132. L. Lai and Y. Zhang, "The Effect of Imidazolium Ionic Liquid for the Dehydration of Fructose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural and a Room Temperature Catalytic System," ChemSusChem, 3[11] (2010) 1257-1259

  133. Y. Han, S. S. Lee and J. Y. Ying, "Siliceous Mesocellular Foam for High-Performance Liquid Chromatography: Effect of Morphology and Pore Structure," Journal of Chromatography A, 1217[26] (2010) 4337-4343

  134. G. R. Peh, E. A. B. Kantchev, J. C. Er and J. Y. Ying, "Rational Exploration of N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC)-Palladacycle Diversity: A Highly Active and Versatile Precatalyst for Suzuki-Miyaura Couplings of Deactivated Aryl and Alkyl Substrates," Chemistry – A European Journal, 16[13] (2010) 4010-4017

  135. S. N. Riduan and Y. Zhang, "Recent Developments in Carbon Dioxide Utilization Under Mild Conditions," Dalton Transactions, 39[14] (2010) 3347-3357

  136. J. Lim, S. S. Lee and J. Y. Ying, "Mesoporous Silica-Supported Catalysts for Metathesis: Application to a Circulating Flow Reactor," Chemical Communications, 46[5] (2009) 806-808

  137. L. L. Chng, J. Yang, Y. Wei and J. Y. Ying, "Semiconductor-Gold Nanocomposite Catalysts for the Efficient Three-Component Coupling of Aldehyde, Amine and Alkyne in Water," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 351[17] (2009) 2887-2896

  138. Y. Zhang and J. Y. G. Chan, "Sustainable Chemistry: Imidazolium Salts in Biomass Conversion and CO2 Fixation," Energy and Environmental Science, 3[4] (2010) 408-417

  139. J. Y. G. Chan and Y. Zhang, "Selectively Converting Fructose to Hydroxymethylfurfural at Low Temperature Catalyzed by Tungsten Salts," ChemSusChem, 2[8] (2009) 731-734

  140. J. Yang, E. H. Sargent, S. O. Kelly and J. Y. Ying, "A General Phase-Transfer Protocol for Metal Ions and Its Application in Nanocrystal Synthesis," Nature Materials, 8 (2009) 683-689

  141. G. C. Papaefthymiou, E. Devlin, A. Simopoulos, D. K. Yi, S. N. Riduan, S. S. Lee and J. Y. Ying, "Interparticle Interactions in Magnetic Core/Shell Nanoarchitectures," Physical Review B, 80[2] (2009) 024406-1-024406-10

  142. M. X. Tan and Y. Zhang, "An Efficient Metal-free Reduction Using Diphenylsilanes with (tris-perfluorophenyl)borane as Catalyst," Tetrahedron Letters, 50[34] (2009) 4912-4915

  143. M. X. Tan, Y. Zhang and J. Y. Ying, "Hydrosilylation of Ketone and Imine over Poly-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Particles," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 351[9] (2009) 1390-1394

  144. P. Pitukmanorom and J. Y. Ying, "Selective Catalytic Reduction of Nitric Oxide by Propene over In2O3-Ga2O3/Al2O3 Nanocomposites," Nano Today, 4[3] (2009) 220-226

  145. Y. Han, D. Zhang, L. L. Chng, J. Sun, L. Zhao, X. Zou and J. Y. Ying, "A Tri-Continuous Mesoporous Material IBN-9 with a Silica Pore Wall Following a Hexagonal Minimal Surface," Nature Chemistry, 1 (2009) 123-127

  146. J. Lim, S. N. Riduan, S. S. Lee and J. Y. Ying, "Siliceous Mesocellular Foam-Supported Aza(bisoxazoline)- Copper Catalysts," Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 350[9] (2008) 1295-1308

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Graphene Oxide-Templated Synthesis of Ternary Oxide Nanosheets for High Performance Li-ion Battery Anodes
Nano Energy, 44 (2018) 399-410.
(IF: 12.343) article

Hexaazatrinaphthylene-Based Porous Organic Polymers as Organic Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Battery
ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, (2017)
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b03165.
(IF: 5.951) article

Highly Efficient Gas Phase Oxidation of Renewable Furfural to Maleic Anhydride over Plate VPO Catalyst
ChemSusChem, (2017)
DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201701866.
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