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Shengqian  Ma

Shengqian Ma

Shengqian Ma
Associate Professor, Director SMMARTT Research Center


Office: IDRB 202G
Phone: (813) 974-5217
Lab: IDRB 211
Fax: (813) 974-3203



B.S., Jilin University, China, 2003
Ph.D., Miami University (Ohio), 2008
Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, 2008 - 2010


We are a synthetic inorganic and organic materials research group focusing on task-specific design and functionalization of advanced porous materials. The space within nanoporous materials provides virtually unlimited room for imagination, allowing designed incorporation of different functionalities for numerous potential applications. The research of our group aims to engineering the nanospace of advanced porous materials for energy/environmental/biological-related applications including catalysis/biocatalysis/electrocatalysis/photocatalysis/energy storage/oil spill cleanup/removal of contaminants from water and air.

Selected Publications

  1. Sun, Q.; Aguila, B.; Perman, J.; Earl, L.; Abney, C.; Cheng, Y.; Wei, H.; Nguyen, N.; Wojtas, L.; Ma, S. "Post-synthetically Modified Covalent Organic Frameworks for Efficient and Effective Mercury Removal" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 2786-2793.
  2. Sun, Q.; Aguila, B.; Perman, J. A.; Nguyen, N. T.-K.; Ma, S. "Flexibility Matters: Cooperative Active Sites in Covalent Organic Framework and Threaded Ionic Polymer" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 15790-15796.
  3. Sun, Q.; He, H.; Gao, W.-Y.; Aguila, B.; Wojtas, L.; Dai, Z.; Li, J.; Chen, Y.-S.; Xiao, F.-S.; Ma, S. "Imparting Amphiphobicity on Single-Crystalline Porous Materials" Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 13300.
  4. Gao, W.-Y.; Wu, H.; Leng, K.; Sun, Y.; Ma, S. "Inserting CO2 into Aryl C-H Bond of Metal-Organic Framework: CO2 Utilization for Direct Heterogeneous C-H Activation" Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 5472-5476.
  5. Li, B.; Leng, K.; Zhang, Y.; Dynes, J.; Wang, J.; Hu, Y.; Ma, D.; Shi, Z.; Zhu, L.; Zhang, D.; Sun, Y.; Chrzanowski, M.; Ma, S. "Metal-Organic Framework based upon the Synergy of a Bronsted Acid Framework and Lewis Acid Centers as a Highly Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Fixed Bed Reactions" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 4243-4248.
  6. Li, B.; Zhang, Y.; Ma, D.; Shi, Z.; Ma, S. "Mercury nano-trap for highly effective and highly efficient removal of mercury(II) from aqueous solution" Nat. Commun., 2014, 5, 5537.
  7. Li, B.; Zhang, Y.; Krishna, R.; Yao, K.; Han, Y.; Wu, Z.; Ma, D.; Shi, Z.; Pham, T.; Space, B.; Liu, J.; Thallapally, P.; Liu, J.; Chrzanowski, M.; Ma, S. "Introduction of pi-Complexation into Porous Aromatic Framework for Highly Selective Adsorption of Ethylene over Ethane" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 8654-8660.
  8. Gao, W.-Y.; Chen, Y.; Niu, Y.; Williams, K.; Cash, L.; Perez, P. J.; Wojtas, L.; Cai, J.; Chen, Y.-S.; Ma, S. "Crystal engineering of an nbo topology MOF for chemical fixation of CO2 under ambient conditions" Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 2615-2619.
  9. Li, B.; Zhang, Y.; Ma, D.; Ma, T.; Shi, Z.; Ma, S. "Metal cation directed de novo assembly of functionalized guest molecule into the nanospace of metal-organic framework" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 1202-1205.
  10. Nugent, P.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Burd, S. D.; Cairns, A. J.; Forrest, K.; Ma, S.; Space, B.; Wojtas, L.; Luebke, R.; Eddaoudi, M.; Zaworotko, M. J. "Porous materials with optimal adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics for effective CO2 separations" Nature, 2013, 495, 80-84.

Graduate Students

Briana Aguila, Meng Chen, Xueying Ge, Wilarachchige (Bhagya) Gunatilleke, Steve (Pui Ching) Lan, Zachary Magnuson, Junyu Ren, Chuan Shan, Yanpei Song, Harsh Vardhan, Gaurav Verma, Xiaoliang Wang

Specialty Area

Metal-organic frameworks, porous organic polymers, covalent organic frameworks, microporous carbon materials, fuel cell, catalysis, environmental remediation.