Bioinspired novel energy materials: The focus of this research is about constructing bioinspired systems for hydrogen evolution and mechanistic investigation. The main research activity includes, based on the structural information of [FeFe]-hydrogenase, design and synthesis of novel diiron mimics and the mechanistic studies of electron transfer and catalysis on hydrogen evolution, polymeric materials containing diiron mimics and assembling electrodes. Our particular interest is to fabricate membrane catalytic electrodes operational in aqueous media using appropriate polymeric materials
Iron complexes and their biological applications: The research in this area comprises CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs) and rosin-derived compounds and their anti-breast cancer activity. In the research of CO-RMs, iron-carbonyl complexes are investigated to release CO via a variety of approaches and understand their releasing kinetics and mechanism, and biocompatibility; in the research of the anti-breast cancer activity of rosin-based compounds, we focus on the modification of rosin to improve biological activity and water-solubility, and establishing relationship between the activity and structures
Transition metal complexes and their catalysis on the activation of C-H bond: The main research activity is design, synthesis, characterisation of transition metal complexes and their catalysis on the activation of C-H bond of organic substrates such as benzene and alkanes. We are particularly interested in the ligands containing both iodobenzene moiety and multidentate binding site for transition metal and concerted catalysis of their metal complexes. The metals attracting our particular attention are those cheap ones such as iron, copper, manganese.