Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation (2016)
  • Goldwater Scholar, Barry M. Goldwater Foundation (2014)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Secretary of Education and Outreach, Stanford Polymer Collective (2017 - Present)

Education & Certifications

  • B.Mus., Oberlin College, Percussion (2015)
  • B.A., Oberlin College, Chemistry and Materials Physics (2015)

Stanford Advisors

  • Yan Xia, Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)

All Publications

  • Functionalized Rigid Ladder Polymers from Catalytic Arene-Norbornene Annulation Polymerization ACS MACRO LETTERS Lai, H. H., Teo, Y., Xia, Y. 2017; 6 (12): 1357–61
  • Supramolecular Assembly of Tris(4-carboxyphenyl)arenes: Relationship between Molecular Structure and Solid-State Catenation Motifs CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN Lai, H. W., Wiscons, R. A., Zentner, C. A., Zeller, M., Rowsel, J. L. 2016; 16 (2): 821-833
  • Orientational ortho-H-2 pair interactions in the microporous framework MOF-5 PHYSICAL REVIEW B FitzGerald, S. A., Eckdahl, C. T., McDonald, C. S., Nelson, J. N., Shinbrough, K., Lai, H. W., Rowsell, J. L. 2015; 92 (13)
  • High surface area and Z ' in a thermally stable 8-fold polycatenated hydrogen-bonded framework CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS Zentner, C. A., Lai, H. W., Greenfield, J. T., Wiscons, R. A., Zeller, M., Campana, C. F., Talu, O., Fitzgerald, S. A., Rowsell, J. L. 2015; 51 (58): 11642-11645


    1,3,5-Tris(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene assembles into an intricate 8-fold polycatenated assembly of (6,3) hexagonal nets formed through hydrogen bonds and π-stacking. One polymorph features 56 independent molecules in the asymmetric unit, the largest Z' reported to date. The framework is permanently porous, with a BET surface area of 1095 m(2) g(-1) and readily adsorbs N2, H2 and CO2.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c5cc04219d

    View details for Web of Science ID 000357618200024

    View details for PubMedID 26099041

  • Conformational Preferences of N,N-Dimethylsuccinamate as a Function of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metal Salts: Experimental Studies in DMSO and Water As Determined by H-1 NMR Spectroscopy JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A Lai, H. W., Liu, A. T., Emenike, B. U., Carroll, W. R., Roberts, J. D. 2014; 118 (11): 1965-1970


    The fraction of gauche conformers of N,N-dimethylsuccinamic acid (1) and its Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), and N(Bu)4(+) salts were estimated in DMSO and D2O solution by comparing the experimental vicinal proton-proton couplings determined by (1)H NMR spectroscopy with those calculated using the Haasnoot, de Leeuw, and Altona (HLA) equation. In DMSO, the gauche preferences were found to increase with decreasing Ahrens ionic radius of the metal counterion. The same trend was not seen in D2O, where the gauche fraction for all of the metallic salts were estimated to be approximately statistical or less. This highlights the importance of metal chelation on the conformation of organic molecules in polar aprotic media, which has implications for protein folding.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jp4106508

    View details for Web of Science ID 000333381700001

    View details for PubMedID 24506581