Yining HuangYining Huang
B.Sc., M.Sc., Peking University
Ph.D., McGill University
NSERC PDF, University of British Columbia
Office: ChB 17; Lab: MSA 0250
(519) 661-2111 ext. 86384


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Nanoporous Materials, Application of Solid-State NMR and Vibrational and Spectroscopy to Inorganic Framework Materials


  • Florence Bucke Award
  • Canada Research Chair
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award
  • Canadian National Congress-International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) Award

Current Research Programs:

Our research is directed towards the investigations of various porous materials including zeolites, AlPO4 based molecular sieves, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and mesoporous materials as well as pillared lamellar solids, layered metal phosphates and transition metal dichalcogenides. These materials have many current and potential applications in industry as ion exchangers, molecular sieves, catalysts, sensors, ceramics, semiconductors and energy storage materials. Current efforts emphasize vibrational and, in particular, solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Research Projects

  1. Crystallization of microporous materials under hydrothermal, dry gel conversion and ionothermal conditions.
  2. Characterization of inorganic framework materials containing quadrupolar nuclei at ultrahigh magnetic fields.
  3. Host-guest interactions in porous materials
  4. Tuning the properties of porous materials (MOFs and zeolites) by high external pressures (in collaboration with Professor Y. Song).
  5. Solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous non-oxide semiconductors (in collaboration with Professor J. F. Corrigan).

During the course of the projects students will be trained both in materials synthesis and in the theory and practice of a whole range of characterization techniques for materials science.

Selected Publications:

Y. Hu, H. Kazemian, S. Rohani, Y. Huang*, Y. Song*, “In situ high pressure study of ZIF-8 by FTIR spectroscopy”, Chem. Commun., 2011, in press, DOI: 10.1039/c1cc15525c

L. Zhang, J. Bates, D. Chen, H.-Y. Nie, Y. Huang*, “Investigations of formation of molecular sieve SAPO-34”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, in press, DOI: 10.1021/jp208560t

T. Levchenko, Y. Huang*, J.F. Corrigan*, “From molecule to materials: crystalline super-lattices of nanoscopic CdS clusters”, Chem. Eur. J., 2011 in press, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201102487

A. Sutrisno, L. Liu, J. Xu, Y. Huang*, “Natural abundance solid-state 67Zn NMR characterization of microporous zinc phosphites and zinc phosphates at ultrahigh magnetic field”,  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 16606-16617 (2011)

A. Sutrisno, M.A. Hanson, P.A. Rupar, V.V. Terskikh, K.M. Baines*, Y. Huang*, “Exploring the limits of 73Ge SSNMR at ultrahigh field,” Chem. Commun. 46, 2817-2819 (2010)

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