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Dianne J. Xiao

Dianne Xiao Assistant Professor of Chemistry (starting July 2019)
Ph.D. University of California–Berkeley, 2016

(Inorganic and Materials Chemistry)

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Research Interests

The Xiao research group develops new strategies to control the structure of porous frameworks and dense coordination solids across multiple length scales, from the molecular to the nano-, meso-, and macroscale. In particular, we are interested in how controlling both the local and long range self-assembly and structure of porous materials can lead to enhanced transport properties, new catalytic activity, and novel emergent behavior. Targeted applications include electrochemical energy conversion, molecular separations, and bio-inspired chemical catalysis.


Students in the Xiao research group will receive training in synthesis (inorganic, organic, materials), characterization (spectroscopy, diffraction, gas sorption, electron microscopy), device fabrication, and catalysis.

Representative Publications


Xiao, D. J.; Oktawiec, J.; Milner, P. J.; Long, J. R. Pore Environment Effects on Catalytic Cyclohexane Oxidation in Expanded Fe2(dobdc) AnaloguesJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 14371–14379.

Xiao, D. J.; Gonzalez, M. I.; Darago, L. E.; Vogiatzis, K.; Gagliardi, L.; Long, J. R. Selective, Tunable O2 Binding in Cobalt(II)–Triazolate/Pyrazolate Metal–Organic Frameworks. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 7161–7170.

Reed, D. A.;  Xiao, D. J.; Gonzalez, M. I.; Darago, L. E.; Long, J. R. Reversible CO Scavenging via Adsorbate-Dependent Spin State Transitions in an Iron(II)–Triazolate Metal–Organic FrameworkJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 5594–5602.

Verma, P.; Vogiatzis, K.; Planas, N.; Borycz, J.;  Xiao, D. J.; Long, J. R.; Gagliardi, L.; Truhlar, D. Mechanism of Oxidation of Ethane to Ethanol at Iron (IV)–Oxo Sites in Magnesium-Diluted Fe2(dobdc)J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015137, 5770-5781.

Xiao, D. J.; Bloch, E. D.; Mason, J. A.; Queen, W. L.; Hudson, M. R.; Planas, N.; Borycz, J.; Dzubak, A. L.; Verma, P.; Lee, K.; Bonino, F.; Crocell à, V.; Yano, J.; Bordiga, S.; Truhlar, D. G.; Gagliardi, L.; Brown, C. M.; Long, J. R. Oxidation of Ethane to Ethanol by N2O in a Metal–Organic Framework with Coordinatively Unsaturated Iron(II) SitesNat. Chem. 20146, 590–595.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Xiao, D. J.; Atanasov, M.; Long, G. J.; Grandjean, F.; Neese, F.; Long, J. R. Magnetic Blocking in a Linear Iron(I) ComplexNat. Chem. 2013, 5, 577–581.

Fout, A. R.; Zhao, Q.; Xiao, D. J.; Betley, T. A. Oxidative Atom-Transfer to a Trimanganese Complex to Form Mn66-E) (E = O, N) Clusters Featuring Interstitial Oxide and Nitride Functionalities. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 16750–16753.


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Awards & Activities

  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2012)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (2012)
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Thesis Prize (2011)

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