Department Head, Chair Professor Department of Chemistry

Personal Profile

       Professor Zhiping Zheng attended Peking University (B.S. 1987, M.S. 1990) prior to his adventure in the United States.  He was a graduate student at The University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. 1995 with Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne) and conducted his postdoctoral research at Harvard University (with Professor Richard H. Holm) before he joined the faculty of The University of Arizona in 1997.  He was Guest Professor at Xiamen University from 2006 to 2012, and at Xi’an Jiaotong University from 2011 to 2016 where as a National  Distinguished Expert, he served as Director of The Center for Applied Chemical Research and was the founding chair of The Frontier Institute of Chemistry.  Trained as a coordination chemist, his research interest lies primarily in the synthetic and structural chemistry of both transition metal and the lanthanide elements and their corresponding materials applications.  He has been a leader in the coordination chemistry of the lanthanide elements, in particular that of cluster-type polynuclear lanthanide complexes.  He was a Topic Editor for Crystal Growth and Design and is now on the Advisory Board.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, and is an Overseas Managing Editor for Journal of Rare Earths.  In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society.
2. Education & Professional Background
  2018-Present     Chair, Department of Chemistry, Southern University of Science and Technology
  2018-Present     President, Shenzhen Grubbs Institute
  2017-Present     Chaired Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
  2011-2016         Director, Center for Applied Chemical Research Founding Chair, Frontier Institute of Chemistry, Xi’an Jiaotong University
  2006-2012         “Minjiang Scholar” Guest Professor, Xiamen University
  1997-2017         Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor University of Arizona
  1995-1997         Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard University
  1991-1995         Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  1983-1990         M.S. Peking University  
  1983-1987         B.S. Peking University
3. Research Interests
  1) Coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry
  2) Luminescent and magnetically active lanthanide complexes
  3) Cluster compounds of transition and lanthanide elements
  4) Cluster-based green catalysts
  5) Cluster-based light-limiting materials
4. Awards & Recognitions
   National Distinguished Expert (2011)
   Excellence in Teaching, University of Arizona (2007)
   Young Observer, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2005)
   International Junior Award, European Rare Earth and Actinide Society (2003)
   US NSF CAREER Award (2003)
   China Bridges International Fellowship (1999)
   Research Corporation Innovation Award (1998)
   Outstanding Dissertation Award(Inorganic Chemistry, UCLA (1995)
   Ralph Bauer Prize for Excellence in Research, UCLA (1994)
   Graduate Achievement Award, UCLA (1994)


5. Representative Publications
   1)“High-Nuclearity Lanthanide-Containing Clusters as Potential Molecular Magnetic Coolers” Xiu-Ying Zheng, Xiang-Jian Kong  , Zhiping Zheng, La-Sheng Long ,and Lan-Sun Zheng.Acc. Chem. Res., 2018, 51 (2), pp 517–525。
   2)“Selective formation of Chromogen I from N-acetyl-D-glucosamine upon lanthanide coordination“ Zheng, X.; Peng, J.; Livera, M. M. S.; Luo, Y.; Wang, Y.; Kong, X.; Long, L.; Zheng, Z.; Zheng, L-S. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 110-113 (Highlighted in C&EN, issue of January 2, 2017).
   3)“Amidine production by the addition of NH3 to nitrile(s) bound to and activated by the Lewis acidic [Re6(m3-Se)8]2+ cluster core” Corbin, W. C.; Nichol, G. S.; Zheng, Z. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 9505-9508. 
   4)“High proton conduction at above 100°C mediated by hydrogen bonding in a lanthanide metal-organic framework” Tang, Q.; Liu, Y.; Liu, S.; He, D.; Miao, J.; Wang, X.; Yang, G.; Shi, Z.; Zheng, Z. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 12444-12449.
   5)“Keplerate magnetic cluster featuring an icosidodecahedron of Ni(II) ions encapsulating a dodecahedron of La(III) ions” Kong, X.; Ren, Y.; Long, L.; Zheng, Z.; Huang, R.; Zheng, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 7016-7017 (Highlighted as “News of the Week” in C&EN 2007, issue of May 21; p9; Research Highlights in Nature Nanotechnology 2007, 2, 388-389; Research Highlights in Nature 2007, 447, 1035).
   6)“First oxadiazole-functionalized terbium(III) -diketonate for organic electroluminescence” Wang, J.; Wang, R.; Yang, J.; Zheng, Z.; Carducci, M. D.; Cayou, T.; Peyghambarian, N.; Jabbour, G. E. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 6179-6180 (Highlighted in “Science and Technology” in C&EN 2001, issue of July 2, 2001; p23).



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