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Sihai Yang received his BSc in Chemistry from Peking University (2007) and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Nottingham (2010). He has been awarded the EPSRC PhD Plus Fellowship in 2011, the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in 2011, and the Nottingham Research Fellowship in 2013. In 2015, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester and holds a Chair in Inorganic Chemistry. His academic awards include the Diamond Young Investigator Award (2011), the Honourable Mention Award of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Prize for Young Chemists (2012), the Institute of Physics B T M Willis Prize (2013), the ISIS Neutron & Muon Source Impact Awards (2019), the CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists (2019), and the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize (2020).

Research interests

We develop porous materials for applications in clean-air technology, catalysis, biomass conversion, energy storage, separation and conductivity. We study a wide range of porous solids based upon metal-organic frameworks, zeolites, and inorganic materials. Our key research interest is to investigate the host-guest chemical processes underpinning their materials property using state-of-the-art structural and dynamic studies by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy and neutron scattering, combined with modelling. Recent finding includes the discovery of catalytic origins for a range of important catalytic reactions, and a series of new metal-organic frameworks showing properties for the clean-up of air pollutants, such as SO2, NOx and NH3

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Sustainable Futures


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