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 (Prof. Osamu Sato), the State University of New York at Buffalo (Prof. Philp Coppens), University of Kentucky and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Prof. Stephen M. Holmes) 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 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) as an associate professor since Aug. 2015. 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 the property-structural correlations, towards new functional molecular magnetic materials. Till now, he has published more than 40 publications with 2700+ citations.

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1. Understanding the fundamental magneto-structural correlations.

2. Design, synthesis and optimisation of molecular nanomagnets.

3. Composite multi-functional photo-magnet materials.

4. Combination of electron transfer (ET), spin crossover (SCO) complexes.


(1) General Chemistry

(2) Single Crystal X-ray structure analysis

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An Azido–Cyanide Mixed-Bridged [Fe4Ni4] Single-Molecule Magnet

Jiong Yang, Yi-Fei Deng, Xin-Yu Zhang, Xiao-Yong Chang, Zhi-Ping Zheng and Yuan-Zhu Zhang*, Inorg. Chem., 2019.

Synthesis and magnetic studies of pentagonal bipyramidal metal complexes of Fe, Co and Ni

Yi-Fei Deng, Binling Yao, Peng-Zhi Zhan, Dexuan Gan, Yuan-Zhu Zhang* and Kim R. Dunbar*, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 3243-3248. DOI: 10.1039/C8DT05074K


Construction and Magnetic Study of a Trigonal-Prismatic Cobalt(II) Single-Ion Magnet

Binling Yao, Yi-Fei Deng, Tianran Li, Jin Xiong, Bing-Wu Wang, Zhiping Zheng and Yuan-Zhu Zhang*, Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57, 14047-14051. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b02692

A linear trinuclear ferrous single molecule magnet

Shihao Liu, Yi-Fei Deng, Chang’An Li, Xiaoyong Chang and Yuan-Zhu Zhang*, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 16704-16708. DOI: 10.1039/C8DT03410A


Enforcing Ising-like magnetic anisotropy via trigonal distortion in the design of a W(V)-Co(II) cyanide single-chain magnet

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Brian S. Dolinar, Shihao Liu, Andrew J. Brown, Xuan Zhang, Zhao-Xi Wang and Kim R. Dunbar*, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 119-124. DOI: 10.1039/C7SC02925J

Reversible On−Off Switching of a Single-Molecule Magnet via a Crystal-to-Crystal Chemical Transformation

Dong-Qing Wu, Dong Shao, Xiao-Qin Wei, Fu-Xing Shen, Le Shi, David Kempe, Yuan-Zhu Zhang,* Kim R. Dunbar,* and Xin-Yi Wang,*. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 11714−11717. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b07008

Magneto-Structural Analysis of Iron(III) Keggin Polyoxometalates

Nuno A. G. Bandeira, Omid Sadegh, Toby J. Woods, Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Jürgen Schnack*, Kim Dunbar, OrcidMay Nyman, OrcidCarles Bo. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121, 1310-1318. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b10763

2016 – 2000 Selected Publications:

Trigonal Antiprismatic Co(II) Single Molecule Magnets with Large Unaxial Anisotropies: Importance of Raman and Tunnelling Mechanisms

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Silvia Gómez-Coca, Andrew J Brown, Mohamed R. Saber, Kim R. Dunbar,*. Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 6519. DOI: 10.1039/C6SC02035F

Single chain magnet tape based on hexacyanomaganate(III)

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Edward Funck, Han-Hua Zhao, Kim R. Dunbar. Angew. Chem. Ed. Int. 2015, 54, 5583. (High-lighted in Wiley-VCH Hot Topics _Magnetic Materials) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201410664

Thermochromic and Photoresponsive Cyanometalate Fe/Co Squares: Towards Control of the Electron Transfer Temperature

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Philip, Ferko, Diana Siretanu, Rodica Ababei, Nigam Rath, Michael Shaw, Rodolphe Clérac, Corine Mathoniere, Stephen Holmes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16854. (High-lighted in CNRS news) DOI: 10.1021/ja508280n

Pyrazolylborates and Their Importance in Tuning Single-Molecule Magnet Properties of {FeIII2NiII} Complexes

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma Prasad Mallik, Nigam Rath, Rodolphe Clérac, and Stephen M. Holmes, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 10537. (Highlighted in an Editorial’s Choice) DOI: 10.1021/ic2017825

Irreversible Solvent-Driven Conversion in Cyanometalate {Fe2Ni}n (n = 2, 3) Single-Molecule Magnets

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma P. Mallik, Rodolphe Clérac, Nigam Rath, and Stephen M. Holmes, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 7194. DOI: 10.1039/C1CC10679A

Reversible Thermally and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Cyano-Bridged {Fe2Co2} Square Complex

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Dong-Feng Li, Rodolphe Clérac, Marguerite Kalisz, Corine Mathonière, Stephen M. Holmes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3752. (High- lighted in CNRS news) DOI: 10.1002/anie.201000765

First Fe(II)-Based Cyano-Bridged Single Molecule Magnet [CrIIIFeII2] with a Large Anisotropy

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Bing-Wu Wang, Osamu Sato, and Song Gao, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 6959. (Highlighted in CrystEngSelects) DOI: 10.1039/C0CC01581D

A Cyano-Based Octanuclear {FeIII4NiII4} Single-Molecule Magnet

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Uma Prasad Mallik, Nigam Rath, Gordon T. Yee, Rodophe Clérac and Stephen M Holmes, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 4953. DOI: 10.1039/C0CC00317D

A Cyano-Bridged CrIIICoII Ferromagnet with a Chiral Nanotubular Structure Constituted of Interlocked Single and Double Helices

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Osamu sato, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 1271. (Cover Picture) DOI: 10.1021/ic900224b

An azido-bridged disk-like hepta-nuclear cobalt(II) complex towards single-molecule magnet

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Song Gao, Zhe-Ming Wang, Feng Pan, Chem. Commun. 2006, 3302. DOI: 10.1039/B605459E

Two molecular tapes consisting of serial or parallel cyclic azido-bridged octanuclear copper rings

Yuan-Zhu Zhang, Hai-Yan Wei, Feng Pan, Zhe-Ming Wang, Zhi-Da Chen and Song Gao, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 5841 DOI: 10.1002/anie.200501327

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