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Banglin Chen


Office Phone: (210) 458-5461
Office: BSE 1.104C
E-Mail: banglin.chen@utsa.edu

Areas of Specialization
• Nanoporous metal-organic frameworks
• Nanoparticles
• Functionalization of nano-sized cavities

Research Interests

Current research interest includes solid state nanoporous metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles, self-assembled by coordination of suitable metal ions/clusters with organic building blocks. Such porous materials are of great interest for their potential applications in gas storage, separations, sensors, catalysis and electronics. The current challenge for the synthesis of such materials is to functionalize their nano-sized cavities; so that they can be well suited for specific host-guest interactions and practical applications. Our goals here are to develop synthetic approaches to address the challenge by the emerging crystal design and pre-constructed building blocks strategies. The synthesized materials will be structurally characterized, examined and rationalized for above mentioned functional properties.

Selected Publications




A Series of Metal-Organic Frameworks with high Methane Uptake and An Empirical Equation for Predicting Methane Storage Capacity

Yabing He, Wei Zhou, Taner Yildirim and Banglin Chen*,

  1. Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 2735-2744





Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Activity Induced by Ordered Dipolar Chromophores Confined in the Pores of an Anionic Metal--Organic Framework.

J. Yu, Y. Cui*, C.-D. Wu, Y. Yang, Z. Wang, M. O’Keeffe, B. Chen*, ,

  1. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 10542.





Metal-Organic Frameworks with Potential for Energy-Efficient Adsorptive Separation of Light Hydrocarbons,

Y. He, R. Krishna and B. Chen*,

  1. Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 9107





Microporous metal-organic framework with potential for carbon dioxide capture at ambient conditions.

S. Xiang, Y. He, Z. Zhang, H. Wu, W. Zhou, R. Krishna and B. Chen*,

  1. Nat. Commun. 2012, 3, 954.





Porous Metalloporphyrinic Frameworks Constructed from Metal 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(3,5-biscarboxylphenyl)porphyrin for Highly Efficient and Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Alkylbenzenes.

X.-L. Yang, M.-H. Xie, C. Zou, Y. He, B. Chen*, M. O'Keeffe, C.-D. Wu,

  1. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012134, 10638.





Interplay of Metalloligand and Organic Ligand to Tune Micropores within Isostructural Mixed-Metal Organic Frameworks (M'MOFs) for Their Highly Selective Separation of Chiral and Achiral Small Molecules, 

M. C. Das, Q. Guo, Y. He, J. Kim, C.-G. Zhao, K. Hong, S. Xiang, Z. Zhang, K. M. Thomas, R. Krishna, B. Chen*,

  1. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012134, 8703.





A Luminescent Mixed-Lanthanide Metal-Organic Framework Thermometer.

Y. Cui, H. Xu, Y. Yue, Z. Guo, J. Yu, Z. Chen, J. Gao, Y. Yang, G. Qian,*  B. Chen*,

  1. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012134, 3979.






"Functional Mixed-Metal-Organic Frameworks with Metallo-ligands"

M. C. Das, S. Xiang, Z. Zhang, B. Chen*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50. (Minireview).





"Luminescent Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks"

Y. Cui, Y. Yue, G. Qian, B. Chen*

Chem. Rev. 2011. (invited review).





"A Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks for Acetylene Storage and Separation"

Z. Zhang, S. Xiang, B. Chen*

CrystEngComm, 2011. (invited highlight).





"Rationally Tuned Micropores within Enantiopure Metal-Organic Frameworks for Highly Selective Separation of Acetylene and Ethylene"

S. Xiang, Z. Zhang, C.-G. Zhao, K. Hong, X. Zhao, D.-R. Ding, M.-H. Xie, C.-D. Wu, M. C. Das, R. Gill, K. M. Thomas, B. Chen*

Nat. Commun. 2011, 2, 204.





"A Metal-Organic Framework with Optimized Open Metal Sites and Pore Spaces for High Methane Storage at Room Temperature"

Z. Guo,  H. Wu, S. Gadipelli, T. Liao, Y. Zhou, S. Xiang, Z. Chen, Y. Yang, W. Zhou, M. O’Keeffe, B. Chen*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 3178.





"Open Metal Sites within Isostructural Metal-Organic Frameworks for Differential Recognition of Acetylene and Extraordinarily High Acetylene Storage at Room Temperature"

Xiang, S.; Zhou, W.; Zhang, Z.; Green, M. A.; Liu, Y.; Chen, B.*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 4615.




"Metal-Organic Frameworks with Functional Pores for Recognition of Small Molecules"

Chen, B.*; Xiang, S.; Qian, G.

Acc. Chem. Res, 2010, 43, 1115.





arrow"Exceptionally High Acetylene Uptake in a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework with Open Metal Sites"

Xiang, S.; Zhou, W.; Gallegos, J. M.; Liu, Y.; Chen, B.*

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 12415.




"A Luminescent Metal-Organic Framework with Lewis Basic Pyridyl Sites for Sensing of Metal Ions"
Chen, B.;* Wang, L.; Xiao, Y.; Fronczek, F. R.; Xue, M.; Cui, Y.; Qian G.
Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 500.




"A Luminescent Microporous Metal-Organic Framework for the Recognition and Sensing of Anions"
Chen, B.;* Wang, L.; Zapata, F.; Qian, G.; Lobkovsky, E. B. A
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 6718.




"Surface and quantum interactions for H2 confined in metal-organic framework pores"
Chen B.;* Zhao, X.; Putkham, A.; Hong, K.; Lobkovsky, E. B.; Hurtado, E. J.; Fletcher, A. J.; Thomas, K. M.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 6411.





"Luminescent open metal sites within a metal-organic framework for sensing of small molecules"
Chen B.;* Yang Y.; Zapata, F.; Lin, G.; Qian, G.; Lobkovsky, E. B.
Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 1693.




"Rationally designed micropores within a porous metal-organic framework for selective sorption of gas molecules"
Chen B.;* Ma S.; Zapata, F.; Fronczek, F. R.; Lobkovsky, E. B.; Zhou, H.-C.

Inorg. Chem., 2007, 46, 1233 (Most-cited paper in Inorg. Chem.).




"Microporous metal-organic framework for gas chromatographic separation of alkanes"
Chen B.;* Liang, C; Yang, J.; Contreras, D. S.; Clancy, Y. L.; Lobkovsky, E. B.; Yaghi, O. M.; Dai, S. A

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2006, 45, 1390 (Most-cited paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2006).




"High H2 adsorption in a microporous metal–organic framework with open metal sites"
Chen B.;* Ockwig, N. W.; Millward, A. R.; Contreras, D. S.; Yaghi, O. M.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, 44, 4745-4749. (Featured in the Covers of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, July 25 and Chemical & Engineering News, 2005 August 22, and highlighted in Materials Today 2005, September; Most-cited paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005).




"Solvent-dependent crystallization of Cu(pyac)2 (bis[3-(4-pyridyl)pentane-2,4-dionato]copper(II)) in 44 2D square grid and 64.82 3D NbO networks"
Chen, B.; Fronczek, F. R.; Maverick A. W.

Chem. Commun., 2003, 2166.




"Modular chemistry: Secondary building units as a basis for the design of highly porous and robust metal-organic frameworks"
Eddaoudi, M.
; Moler, D. B.; Li, H. L.; Chen, B.; Reineke, T. M.; O’Keeffe, M.; Yaghi. O. M.
Acc. Chem. Res., 2001, 34, 319.




" Interwoven metal-organic framework on a periodical minimal surface with extra-large pores"
Chen, B.; Eddaoudi, M.; Hyde, S. T.; O’Keeffe, M.; Yaghi, O. M.
Science, 2001, 291, 1021 (Highlighted in Science, 2001, 291, 994-995, Chemical & Engineering News, 2001, February 12).




(Total of 124 peer-reviewed papers and 8 patents with citation over 12000 times)




Licensed Patent (Total of 7 Patents)

Chen, B. (50%), Yaghi, O. M. (50%) High Gas Adsorption in a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework with Open-Metal Sites, US Patent 11/400,478






Current Research Grants

Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks with Open Metal Sites for Recognition of Gases, Welch Foundation (PI)









Part of group members met with Prof. Michael O’Keeffe when he visited UTSA



Job Openings
Open positions for graduate students and postdoctoral research associates are available at Dr. Chen’s group. With solid training on Chemistry and Materials Science, those who are enthusiastic, ambitious and determined to develop excellent academic and industrial careers are particularly welcome.




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