1、 Rational synthesis of metal clusters with anionic templates



Role of Anions Associated with the Formation and Properties of Silver Clusters, Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48,1570.

An organic anion template: a 24-nucleus silver cluster encapsulating a squarate dimer, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 9896.

Giant Silver Alkynyl Cage with Sixty Silver(I) Ions Clustering around Polyoxometalate Templates, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1765.

High-nuclearity silver clusters templated by carbonates generated from atmospheric carbon dioxide fixation, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 3422.

2、Cluster-based molecular luminescent materials


Luminescent properties of clusters and their applications in cell imaging

Novel molecular structure and structure-activity relationship

Post-synthesis for chiral detection and construction of the three-dimensional metal organic framework

Special reactivity



Full Protection of Intensely Luminescent Gold(I)–Silver(I) Cluster by PhosphineLigands and Inorganic Anions. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 7117.

Intensely Luminescent Gold(I)-Silver(I) Cluster with Hypercoordinated Carbon, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 16634.

A phosphorescent silver(I)–gold (I) cluster complex that specifically lights up the nucleolus of living cells with FLIM imaging, Biomaterials, 2013, 34, 4284.

Highly Active Gold(I)-Silver(I) Oxo Cluster Activating sp3 C-H Bonds of Methyl Ketones under Mild Conditions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 5520.

Cluster Linker Approach: Preparation of a Luminescent Porous Framework with NbO Topology by Linking Silver Ions with Gold(I) Clusters, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 12771.

Postclustering Covalent Modification for Chirality Control and Chiral Sensing, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16184.

Geminal Tetraauration of Acetonitrile: Hemilabile Phosphine-Stabilized Au8Ag4 Cluster Compounds, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6435.

3、Coinage metal nanoclusters


Phosphine ligand-protected coinage metal nanoclusters

Alkynyl ligand-protected coinage metal nanoclusters

Nitrogen-donor-protected coinage metal nanoclusters

Calixarene-protected coinage metal nanoclusters

Catalytic properties of nanoclusters: ligand effect

Fluorescence properties of nanoclusters



Chiroptical Activity Enhancement via Structural Control: the Chiral Syn-thesis and Reversible Interconversion of Two Intrinsically Chiral Gold Nanoclusters, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 2384.

Same Magic Number but Different Arrangement: Alkynyl‐Protected Au25 with D3 Symmetry, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 1083.

Total Structure Determination of Alkynyl-Protected Gold Nanocluster Au22(tBuC≡C)18 and the Thermochromic Luminescence, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 2309.

Isomerization in Alkynyl-Protected Gold Nanoclusters, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020, 142, 2995.

Thiacalix[4]arene : New Protection for Metal Nanoclusters, Sci. Adv. 2016, 2: e1600323.

The stability enhancement factor beyond eight-electron shell closure in thiacalix[4]arene-protected silver clusters, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 3360.

Ligand-Protected “Golden Fullerene”: the Dipyridylamido [Au32]8+ Nanocluster, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 5906.

Chloride-Promoted Formation of a Bimetallic Nanocluster Au80Ag30 and the Total Structure Determination, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 7848.

Atomically Precise Alkynyl-Protected Metal Nanoclusters as a Model Catalyst: Observation of Promoting Effect of Surface Ligands on Catalysis by Metal Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 3278.

Ligand effects in catalysis by atomically precise gold nanoclusters, Sci. Adv. 2017, 3: e1701823.

Chiral Gold Nanocluster Au20 Protected by Tetradentate Phosphines, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 126, 2967.