Hui LI‘s Group

Professor: Hui Li
Division: Coordination Chemistry
Interest: Multifunctional materials, Supramolecular assembly, Crystallography 
Tel: +86-10-81381366

Recent research:
1. Coordination chemistry and supramolecular chemistry of small biomolecule and cyclodextrin
1.1 Nucleotides are essential components of DNA and RNAs. They are chiral molecules that contain multiple functional groups, such as nucleobases, phosphate groups, and hydroxyls. So, they can coordinate to metal ions to exhibit complexity and diversity of their coordination chemistry and supramolecular chemistry, which makes them ideal candidates when mimicking biological systems and designing functional materials.



1.2 Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides comprised of six or more α-1,4-linked D-glucopyranosyl residues. The shape-persistent hydrophobic cavities of these toroidal molecules allow encapsulation of suitable guests, and therefore, they represent a class of receptors that are ideal for the construction of hybrid assemblies. Their exceptional inclusion capabilities have led to their broad application in nanotechnology, pharmaceutics, medicine, and environmental science. 


2. Functional coordination complexes and polymers

The science of functional coordination polymers has become one of the most intense areas of study for chemists, physicists, and materials scientists due to their fascinating topological structures and potential applications in the fields of catalysis, photoluminescence, magnetism, et. al. over the last at least three decades. The construction of coordination polymers is mainly dependent on a combination of several factors, such as the properties and structure of ligand, using of auxiliary ligand, the ratio of reagent, templates and counter ions, the character of solvent, the coordination geometry of central metal atoms, the reaction temperature and pH, etc. Importantly, the subtle change of the above synthetic factors will produce polymorphism and supramolecular isomerism.

  2.1 Fluorescence coordination complexes for probing small molecules. A new method to construct functional MOFs has been developed by our group. A serial of novel MOF-74 analogs based on ingenious design and illustrate unique sensing and detection properties were prepared. They could be potential luminescent probes for detecting small molecules.

2.2 NIR fluorescent coordination complexes based on Schiff based ligand 


3. The studies of polymorphism and supramolecular isomerism based on crystallography
X-ray single crystal diffraction is the most powerful methods to study the structure of materials, which can help us to understand the relationship of structure and properties. It is fundamental research to design new materials with novel structures and tune the structures toward the expected properties. 




 Selected publications:
1. Yilei Wu, Rufei Shi, Yi-Lin Wu, James M. Holcroft, Zhichang Liu, Marco Frasconi, Michael R. Wasielewski, Hui Li* and J. Fraser Stoddart*, Complexation of Polyoxometalates with Cyclodextrins, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (12), 4111-4118 , 2015.
2. Pei Zhou, Rufei Shi, Jian-feng Yao, Chuan-fang Sheng and Hui Li*, Supramolecular Self-assembly of Nucleotide-metal Coordination Complexes: from Simple Molecules to Nanomaterials, Coord. Chem. Rev., 292, 107-143, 2015.
3. Pei Zhou, Chong Wang, Qi-ming Qiu, Jian-feng Yao, Chuan-fang Sheng and Hui Li*, Controllable synthesis of a nucleotide complex based on pH control: a small-molecule fl uorescent probe as an auxiliary ligand to indicate the preorganization of the nucleotide complex in solution, Dalton Trans., 44, 17810 - 17818, 2015.
4. B. Zou1, L. Hao1, L.-Y. Fan, Z.-M. Gao, S.-L. Chen*, H. Li*, C.-W. Hu*,Highly efficient conversion of CO2 at atmospheric pressure to cyclic carbonates with in situ generated homogeneous catalysts from a copper-containing coordination polymer, J. of Catalysis, 329, 119–129, 2015.
5. Liang Hao, Qi-ming Qiu and Hui Li*, Directional functionalization of MOF-74 analogs via ligand pre-installation, invited paper, Chin. J. Chem., (DOI:10.1002/cjoc.201500597), 2015.
6. Liang Hao, Tong Zhang, Ge Chang and Hui Li*, Fluorescent recognition of small organic molecules based on supramolecular aggregation/deaggregation of planar Cu(II) coordination complex, Chin. J. of Chem., 33(4), 425-430, 2015.
7. Xin Jin, Pei Zhou, Chunying Zheng, and Hui Li*,A new coordination mode of (E)-3-(3-hydroxyl-phenyl)-acrylic acid in copper complex: crystal structure and magnetic properties, J. of Solid State Chem., 225, 41-45, 2015.
8. Chunying Zheng, Rufei Shi, Xin Jin, Lu Dong, Hui Li*, β-Alanine Zn(II) and Cd(II) coordination complexes with diamondoid frameworks possessing second-order nonlinear optics properties, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 58, 74–78, 2015.
9. Lu Dong, Chunying Zheng, Pei Zhou, Rufei Shi, Hui Li*, Advances in Crystallography of Coordination Complexes on Main Group Metals with Amino Acid Ligands, Acta Chim. Sinica, 72, 981-1000, 2014.
10. Gui-lei Liu, Yong-jie Qin, Lei Jing, Gui-yuan Wei and Hui Li*, Two Novel MOF-74 Analogs Exhibiting Unique Luminescent Selectivity (Back Cover), Chem. Commun. 49, 1699-1701, 2013.
11. Pei Zhou, Jian-feng Yao, ian-feng Yao, Chuan-fang Sheng and Hui Li A Continuing Tale of Chirality: Metal Coordination Extended Axial Chirality of 4, 4’-Bipy to 1D Infinite Chain under Cooperation of Nucleotides Ligand (inside cover), CrystEngComm, 15, 8430–8436, 2013.
12. Bei-bei Tang, Heng Ma, Guan-zheng Li, Yue-bing Wang, Gulinazi Anwar, Rufei Shi and Hui Li*, Synthesis, crystal structures and luminescent properties of tetranuclear Zn molecular clusters with aroylhydrazone ligand, CrystEngComm, 15, 8069–8073, 2013.
13. Qing-hong Meng, Fang Song, Yue-bing Wang, Gui-lei Liu and Hui Li*, Controlled Fluorescent Properties of Zn (II) Salen-type Complex based on Ligand Design, CrystEngComm, 15, 2786-2790, 2013.
14. Gui-lei Liu, Shu-fang He, Shaowen Zhang and Hui, Li*, In Situ Ligand and Complex Transformation of Iron (III) Schiff Base Complex: Structural Evidences and Theoretical Calculations, Dalton Trans., 41(20), 6256-6262, 2012.
15. Pei Zhou, Hui, Li*, Chirality Delivery from a Chiral Copper(II) Nucleotide Complex Molecule to Its Supramolecular Architecture, Dalton Trans. Vol. 40, 4834-4837, 2011.
16. Gui-lei Liu, Cai-Ming Liu, Hui, Li*,  The C- F…F - C short contacts in the metal complexes of fluoro-phenyl-acrylic acids, J. of Solid State Chem., Vol.184, 481-487, 2011.
17. Bei-bei Tang,Xiao-ping Sun, Gui-lei Liu, Hui, Li*, Crystal Structure of transition metal complexes with an asymmetrical tridentate Schiff-base ligand J. Mol. Struct. Vol.983, 111-116, 2010.


Source:    Release date:2015-12-13