Research Guides

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Dr Pu Zhao

Glasstone Research Fellow

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QR

Twitter: @puzhao_zhaopu


- Part II (Oxford)
- Joint MSc and DPhil with Professor Edman Tsang 


Our research focuses on designing high-performance heterogeneous catalysts and functional materials based on zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. State-of-the-art diffraction, spectroscopy, microscopy techniques are essential tools for us to understand chemical reaction pathways and physical properties at the atomic level.


Pu graduated from Fudan University (China) in 2011 with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry. She then moved to Cambridge for her Ph.D. (2015) with Professor Simon Redfern on flexible metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). She expanded her interest to heterogeneous catalysis when she did her postdoctoral research with Professor Edman Tsang in Oxford. Since 2019, she has been appointed as a Glasstone research fellow. She is also a junior research fellow at Wolfson College.  

Selected Publications

“Structural dynamics of a metal-organic framework induced by CO2 migration in its non-uniform porous structure”
P. Zhao*, H. Fang, S. Mukhopadhyay, A. Li, S. Rudić, I. J. McPherson, C. C. Tang, D. Fairen-Jimenez, S. C. E. Tsang, S. A. T. Redfern*
Nat. Commun., 2019, 10 (1), 999. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08939-y

“Entrapped single tungstate site in zeolite for cooperative catalysis of olefin metathesis with Brønsted acid site”
P. Zhao, L. Ye, Z. Sun, B. T. W. Lo, H. Woodcock, C. Huang, C. Tang, A. I. Kirkland, D. Mei, S. C. E. Tsang
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140 (21), 6661-6667. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b03012

“Phase transitions in zeolitic imidazolate framework 7: the importance of framework flexibility and guest-induced instability”
P. Zhao, G. I. Lampronti, G. O. Lloyd, M. T. Wharmby, S. Facq, A. K. Cheetham, S. A. T. Redfern
Chem. Mater., 2014, 26 (5), 1767-1769. DOI: 10.1021/cm500407f

“Direct of carbon dioxide adsorption in gate-opening zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-7”
P. Zhao, G. I. Lampronti, G. O. Lloyd, E. Suard, S. A. T. Redfern
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2 (3), 620-623. DOI: 10.1039/C3TA13981F

Collaborative institutes

Diamond Light Source (UK), ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (UK), Institut Laue-Langevin (France), Swiss Light Source (Switzerland), Swiss Spallation Neutron Source – SINQ (Switzerland), China Spallation Neutron Source (China), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (US), SPring-8 (Japan).