Research Guides

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Dr Hamish Yeung

Glasstone Research Fellow,

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory


Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow,

The Queen's College,

University of Oxford

Research website

Generously supported by:

The Violette and Samuel Glasstone Bequest 

The Queen’s College, Oxford

The Queens College Oxford Logo

Oxford University Press John Fell Fund


SCG Innovation Fund



Our research covers a variety of aspects of materials, from how they form to their performance in real-world applications. We test model systems to develop a fundamental understanding of materials’ formation and structural behaviour, in order to design materials with new and improved functions for applications like batteries, superconductors and sensors. State of the art experiments in our laboratory are complemented with those performed at national facilities and by international collaborations. 

Please see our research website for more information.


Undergraduate Research Projects 2019

Students interested in undertaking research projects starting in 2019- summer vacation or Part II (Oxford only)- are encouraged to get in touch by email to discuss potential topics.  Research will be conducted in collaboration with the Goodwin group. Typical themes include the following:

  • Synthesis of functional coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks
  • In-situ studies of metal-organic framework crystallisation
  • Structural characterization by advanced X-ray scattering
  • Investigation of phase behaviour and formation of solids
  • Solvothermal, mechanochemical and flow synthesis

Candidates for summer projects should be currently in the 2nd or 3rd year of an undergraduate degree course and are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible, attaching a brief CV, so as to maximise the possibility of funding.



Hamish read Natural Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry and graduating with 1st class honours in 2008. He then moved across the city to complete his PhD (2012) and a postdoc in Materials Science under the guidance of Anthony Cheetham. From 2014 until 2016 he held an independent research position at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, where his research was focused on the fundamental chemistry of crystallization and the applications of new materials in battery and sensor technology. He is currently the holder of a Glasstone Research Fellowship in Inorganic Chemistry and an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, studying the formation and crystallography of flexible materials under temperature, pressure and electric fields in collaboration with Andrew Goodwin. Outside of the laboratory he enjoys public engagement, cooking, music, eating and getting outdoors. He writes a blog about life as a young scientist here.


Selected Publications

“Thermodynamic and Kinetic Effects in the Crystallization of Metal–Organic Frameworks”
Anthony K. Cheetham, G. Kieslich and H. H.-M. Yeung
Acc. Chem. Res. 201851, 659-667. DOI 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00497. 

“Hidden negative linear compressibility in lithium L-tartrate”
H. H.-M. Yeung, R. Kilmurray, C. L. Hobday, S. C. McKellar, Anthony K. Cheetham, D. R. Allan and  S. A. Moggach
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 201719, 3544-3549. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP08690J.

“In Situ Observation of Successive Crystallizations and Metastable Intermediates in the Formation of Metal–Organic Frameworks”
H. H.-M. Yeung, Y. Wu, S. Henke,  A. K. Cheetham, D. O’Hare, R. I. Walton
Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 201655, 2012-2016. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201508763.

“Ligand-Directed Control over Crystal Structure and Solid Solution Formation in Inorganic-Organic Frameworks”
H. H.-M. Yeung, W. Li, P. J. Saines, T. K. J. Köster, C. P. Grey, A. K. Cheetham
Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 201321, 5544-5547. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201300440.