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YuanZhu Zhang

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry


Zhang graduated from Peking University and received his B.S. in material chemistry in 2000 and his Ph.D. in 2005 with Prof. Song Gao, respectively. He carried out postdoctoral research at Kyushu University (Japan), the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 2005-2013. Then he worked as a senior scientist at Texas A&M University from 2013-15 under the direction of Prof. Kim R. Dunbar. He joined the South University of Science and Technology in China as an associate professor since 2015.8. Zhang's research is ranging from synthetic inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, material chemistry, and electrochemistry, is mainly focused on employing possible ways to modify/improve physical properties of molecule magnetic materials via decorate chemical modification, in order to elucidate key issues of their property-structural correlations, with the ultimate goal of new functional molecular magnetic materials, especially single molecule magnets (SMMs), single chain magnets (SCMs) and photo-magnets. Till now, he has published 32+ publications with an average impact of 6+ and 1900+ citations.

Research Interests:Molecule-Based Magnetic Material


◆ Evaluating/improving magnetic properties of molecules with strong anisotropy based on electronic configuration and geometry
◆ Single Molecule Magnets and Single Chain Magnets
◆ Molecule-based photo-magnets and multi-functional molecular materials
◆ New molecular materials with the coexistence of spin-crossover and electron transfer behavior.

Educational Background:

◆ Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, Peking University, 2005
◆B.S. in Inorganic Material Chemistry, Peking University, 2000

Professional Experience:

◆ 2005-2006 , Special research assistant, Kyushu University, Prof. Sato
◆ 2006-2007, Post-doctoral associate, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Prof. Coppens
◆ 2007-2013, Post-doctoral associate, University of Kentucky and University of Missouri- St. Louis, Prof. Holmes
◆ 2013-2015, Senior Scientist, Texas A&M University, Prof. Dunbar

Honors & Awards

◆ Nominee Award for National Top100 Excellent Ph.D Thesis, 2007
Selected Publication:
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Edward Funck, Han-Hua Zhao, Kim R. Dunbar, “Single chain magnet tape based on hexacyanomaganate(III)”, Angew. Chem. Ed. Int. 2015, 54, 5583. (High-lighted in Wiley-VCH Hot Topics _Magnetic Materials)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Philip, Ferko, Diana Siretanu, Rodica Ababei, Nigam Rath, Michael Shaw, Rodolphe Clérac, Corine Mathoniere, Stephen Holmes, “Thermochromic and Photoresponsive Cyanometalate Fe/Co Squares: Towards Control of the Electron Transfer Temperature”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16854. (High-lighted in CNRS news)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma Prasad Mallik, Nigam Rath, Rodolphe Clérac, and Stephen M. Holmes, “Pyrazolylborates and Their Importance in Tuning Single-Molecule Magnet Properties of {FeIII2NiII} Complexes”, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 10537. (Highlighted in an Editorial’s Choice)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma P. Mallik, Rodolphe Clérac, Nigam Rath, and Stephen M. Holmes, “Irreversible Solvent-Driven Conversion in Cyanometalate {Fe2Ni}n (n = 2, 3) Single-Molecule Magnets”, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 7194. (Cited 20+)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Dong-Feng Li, Rodolphe Clérac, Marguerite Kalisz, Corine Mathonière, Stephen M. Holmes, “Reversible Thermally and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Cyano-Bridged {Fe2Co2} Square Complex”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3752. (High- lighted in CNRS news)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Bing-Wu Wang, Osamu Sato, and Song Gao, “First Fe(II)-Based Cyano-Bridged Single Molecule Magnet [CrIIIFeII2] with a Large Anisotropy”, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 6959. (Highlighted in CrystEngSelects)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma Prasad Mallik, Nigam Rath, Gordon T. Yee, Rodophe Clérac and Stephen M Holmes, “A Cyano-Based Octanuclear {FeIII4NiII4} Single-Molecule Magnet”, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 4953. (Cited 25+)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Osamu sato, “A Cyano-Bridged CrIIICoII Ferromagnet with a Chiral Nanotubular Structure Constituted of Interlocked Single and Double Helices”, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 1271. (Cover Picture)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Song Gao, Zhe-Ming Wang, Feng Pan, “An azido-bridged disk-like hepta-nuclear cobalt(II) complex towards single-molecule magnet”, Chem. Commun. 2006, 3302. (Cited 145+)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Hai-Yan Wei, Feng Pan, Zhe-Ming Wang, Zhi-Da Chen and Song Gao, “Two molecular tapes consisting of serial or parallel cyclic azido-bridged octanuclear copper rings”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 5841. (Cited 90+)
◆ Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Song Gao, Hao-Ling Sun, Gang Su, Zhe-Ming Wang and Shi-Wei Zhang, “Linking cyano-bridged ladders by azide to form a layered metamagnet”, Chem. Commun., 2004, 1906. (Cited 80+)

Research Fields

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