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Xiaotai Wang


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1993 …2024

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Dr. Xiaiotai Wang joined Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) as a professor of chemistry in November 2022. He had previously worked at the University of Colorado Denver, moving up the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor (tenured), and professor (tenured). He was a visiting professor/scholar at MIT, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanxi University, and the Hoffmann Institute of Advanced Materials at Shenzhen Polytechnic. Working at XJTLU, a unique international university in China, Dr. Wang aims to cultivate future generations of scientists and world citizens.

Dr. Wang’s PhD and postdoc work were concerned with the synthesis and reactivity of organometallic complexes. Among the new compounds he created was a hexadecker molecular sandwich complex (JACS 1994, 116, 2687), which has been written into several inorganic chemistry textbooks. After beginning his independent career, Dr. Wang studied the synthesis and properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and his group reported the first lanthanide-carboxylate MOF capable of selectively adsorbing CO2 over N2 (JACS 2003, 125, 3062). This ground-breaking work has been cited 720 times so far (Google Scholar). Dr. Wang’s current research interests are mostly in computational organometallic chemistry, with a focus on elucidating the mechanisms of transition metal-catalyzed reactions useful for organic synthesis. Research in this direction addresses the experimental–theoretical synergy and provides ideas and insights for new reaction development (see publications under Articles).

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Dr. Wang is currently accepting PhD and Master’s students as well as undergraduate research students. Those interested please contact Dr. Wang by email (

Research interests

Computational studies of efficient and sustainable catalysis for organic and materials synthesis, both independently and in collaboration with experimental groups

Synthesis and properties of functional materials: metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)


Asst, Assoc, Full Professor, University of Colorado Denver, 1997-2022

Postdoc, Iowa State University, 1996.4-1997.7

Postdoc, University of Utah, 1994.11-1996.4

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Virginia, 1995.1

MS program, University of Science and Technology of China, 1987-1990

BS, Hefei Normal University, 1987

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