Born in southeastern China, I went to Beijing for undergraduate education after spending 18 years in Zhejiang province. At Peking university, I conducted research in the field of organometallic chemistry in Prof. Zhenfeng Xi's lab in College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (CCME). Hoping to achieve more in chemical research, I went abroad to the east coast of the US and became a graduate student in Chemistry Department of MIT, under the supervision of Prof. Mircea Dincᾰ. My research interests during graduate school span from electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks and porous organic polymers to electrochemcial energy storage using organic or organic/inorganic hybrid materials. After 6 years at MIT, I traveled accross the country (by driving) to the west coast and am currently a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Zhenan Bao's lab, working on developing polymeric materials for electrochemical interphase in batteries.

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Chemistry, Peking University (2017)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2023)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Inorganic Chemistry (2023)
  • Bachelor of Science, Peking University, Chemistry (2017)

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All Publications

  • A Layered Organic Cathode for High-Energy, Fast-Charging, and Long-Lasting Li-Ion Batteries ACS CENTRAL SCIENCE Chen, T., Banda, H., Wang, J., Oppenheim, J. J., Franceschi, A., Dincac, M. 2024
  • High-rate, high-capacity electrochemical energy storage in hydrogen-bonded fused aromatics JOULE Chen, T., Banda, H., Yang, L., Li, J., Zhang, Y., Parenti, R., Dinca, M. 2023; 7 (5): 986-1002
  • Arresting dissolution of two-dimensional metal-organic frameworks enables long life in electrochemical devices CHEMICAL SCIENCE Dontireddy, G. R., Suman, S., Merino-Gardea, J. L., Chen, T., Dou, J., Banda, H. 2024

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d4sc02699c

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  • Cooperative Interactions with Water Drive Hysteresis in a Hydrophilic Metal-Organic Framework CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS Oppenheim, J. J., Ho, C., Alezi, D., Andrews, J. L., Chen, T., Dinakar, B., Paesani, F., Dinca, M. 2024
  • Enhanced Redox Storage and Diverse Intercalation in Layered Metal Organic Frameworks with a Staggered Stacking Mode ACS ENERGY LETTERS Suman, S., Dontireddy, G. R., Chen, T., Wang, J., Dou, J., Banda, H. 2024
  • Porous lanthanide metal-organic frameworks with metallic conductivity PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Skorupskii, G., Le, K. N., Cordova, D., Yang, L., Chen, T., Hendon, C. H., Arguilla, M. Q., Dinca, M. 2022; 119 (34): e2205127119


    Metallic charge transport and porosity appear almost mutually exclusive. Whereas metals demand large numbers of free carriers and must have minimal impurities and lattice vibrations to avoid charge scattering, the voids in porous materials limit the carrier concentration, provide ample space for impurities, and create more charge-scattering vibrations due to the size and flexibility of the lattice. No microporous material has been conclusively shown to behave as a metal. Here, we demonstrate that single crystals of the porous metal-organic framework Ln1.5(2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaoxytriphenylene) (Ln = La, Nd) are metallic. The materials display the highest room-temperature conductivities of all porous materials, reaching values above 1,000 S/cm. Single crystals of the compounds additionally show clear temperature-deactivated charge transport, a hallmark of a metallic material. Lastly, a structural transition consistent with charge density wave ordering, present only in metals and rare in any materials, provides additional conclusive proof of the metallic nature of the materials. Our results provide an example of a metal with porosity intrinsic to its structure. We anticipate that the combination of porosity and chemical tunability that these materials possess will provide a unique handle toward controlling the unconventional states that lie within them, such as charge density waves that we observed, or perhaps superconductivity.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.2205127119

    View details for Web of Science ID 001025718500005

    View details for PubMedID 35969747

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  • Thousand-fold increase in O2 electroreduction rates with conductive MOFs. ACS central science Mariano, R. G., Wahab, O. J., Rabinowitz, J. A., Oppenheim, J., Chen, T., Unwin, P. R., Dincǎ, M. 2022; 8 (7): 975-982


    Molecular materials must deliver high current densities to be competitive with traditional heterogeneous catalysts. Despite their high density of active sites, it has been unclear why the reported O2 reduction reaction (ORR) activity of molecularly defined conductive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been very low: ca. -1 mA cm-2. Here, we use a combination of gas diffusion electrolyses and nanoelectrochemical measurements to lift multiscale O2 transport limitations and show that the intrinsic electrocatalytic ORR activity of a model 2D conductive MOF, Ni3(HITP)2, has been underestimated by at least 3 orders of magnitude. When it is supported on a gas diffusion electrode (GDE), Ni3(HITP)2 can deliver ORR activities >-150 mA cm-2 and gravimetric H2O2 electrosynthesis rates exceeding or on par with those of prior heterogeneous electrocatalysts. Enforcing the fastest accessible mass transport rates using scanning electrochemical cell microscopy revealed that Ni3(HITP)2 is capable of ORR current densities exceeding -1200 mA cm-2 and at least another 130-fold higher ORR mass activity than has been observed in GDEs. Our results directly implicate precise control over multiscale mass transport to achieve high-current-density electrocatalysis in molecular materials.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acscentsci.2c00509

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  • Thousand-fold increase in O-2 electroreduction rates with conductive MOFs ACS CENTRAL SCIENCE Mariano, R. G., Wahab, O. J., Rabinowitz, J. A., Oppenheim, J., Chen, T., Unwin, P. R., Dinca, M. 2022