2021 Foresight Fellow in Molecular Machines and Robust Dynamics
Liang Feng is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Prof. Fraser Stoddart’s group at Northwestern University. He earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Wuhan University in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Hexiang Deng, and obtained his Ph.D. in 2020 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. Hong-Cai Zhou. During this graduate period, he focused on the synthesis of framework nanomaterials with hierarchical nanoporosities, architectures, and compositions and their applications in catalysis, transportation, and gas separation. More specifically, he developed several general synthetic strategies, including linker thermolysis, reinstallation and migration, modular synthesis and programming, in a quest to engineer hierarchical porosity, distribution and composition in multicomponent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and their hierarchical superstructures. He is currently most enthusiastic about achieving the repeated dynamics of molecular machines in systems that exhibit “robust dynamics”.
Dr. Feng was the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Student Award from the Foresight Institute. Over the past three years, Liang has published twenty-eight peer-reviewed articles as a first/co-first author and sixteen peer-reviewed articles as a contributing author in prestigious journals. His graduate research accomplishments have also been recognized by, in 2020, the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, the Elsevier Reaxys PhD Prize Finalist, Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, Dow Chemical Company Charlene Black Miller ’79 Endowed Memorial Fellowship in Chemistry, and the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Currently, his work has received a total citation of 2,062 with an h-index of 19 (accessed on Dec. 7, 2020).