We are a group working on the design, synthesis, and application of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Current work includes molecular recognition in the pores, MOFs with multi-building units and multi-functions, and their applications in energy storage.

Recent Publications

Anisotropic Reticular Chemistry
Nat. Rev. Mater., 5, 764-779 (2020)

Evolution of a Metal–Organic Framework into Brønsted Acid Catalyst for Glycerol Dehydration to Acrolein
ChemSusChem, 13, 5073-5079 (2020)

Standard Practices of Reticular Chemistry
ACS Cent. Sci., 6, 1255-1273 (2020)


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Qiaowei Li obtained his B.S. degree in the University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), M.S. in University of Michigan, and Ph.D in UCLA. Currently, he is a professor of Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Fudan University in China.


The adsorption and recognition properties of porous crystalline materials come from the host-guest interactions in the pores. However, due to the complexity on the interface, we still lack the deep understanding of the physics and chemistry involved in the specific host-guest interactions. Working in the interdisciplinary area between coordination chemistry, organic supramolecular chemistry and electrochemistry, our group have been investigating the host-guest interactions that happen in the pores of crystalline microporous materials. We introduced host-guest recognition, which usually happens in the solution state, to the interface of solid and solution in the pores.  Research on the host-guest interactions between the intrinsic vacancies in the crystals and the incoming ions has introduced a new strategy to build multi-component materials with multi-functionalities by filling the vacancies.  Recently, we have explored the use of metal–organic frameworks to recognize, enrich, and transport electrochemical related molecules and ions to enhance the performance of lithium-based batteries.
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Qiaowei Li 李巧伟
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Fudan University
Qiaowei Li obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Science & Technology of China (USTC) in 2004, M.S. from University of Michigan in 2006, and Ph.D from UCLA in 2010 with Prof. Omar M. Yaghi. He was an associate professor of Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Fudan University in China since 2010, and he was promoted to full professor of Chemistry in 2017.
He has been the recipient of Outstanding Research Award in Inorganic Chemistry, UCLA (2010), Shanghai Pujiang Talent (2011), Shanghai "Rising-Star Program" Scholar (2015), and Shanghai "Top-Notch Talent" Award (2017). He also received the "National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholar" (2019). Li has published papers in journals such as Science, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., and Adv. Mater., with himself being the first author or the corresponding author. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals with total citation number of more than 2000, and 2 US patents. His research work has been highlighted in journals such as Nature Chemistry, C&EN etc. 
ResearcherID: G-2115-2010
ORCID: 0000-0002-5987-9465
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Huoshu Xu 徐活书
6th year Ph.D student
Lingyi Yang 杨凌毅
4th year Ph.D student
Junyi Wang 王君怡
4th year Ph.D Student
Weimin Lin 林伟民
3rd year M.S. student
Yichen Wu  吴翌宸
2nd year Ph.D student
Zhongwen Jiang 江忠文
2nd year M.S. student
Yin Rao 饶崟
1st year Ph.D student
Shuyin Peng 彭书吟
1st year M.S. student