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EIU Master of Science in Chemistry

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Dr. Hongshan He, Professor - Inorganic Chemistry

Office: 4440 - Physical Sciences
Phone: 217-581-6231

Dr. He joined Eastern Illinois University in 2013 and was promoted to a Full Professor in 2022. He is a four-time recipient of the EIU’s Achievement and Contribution Award in research. Dr. He served as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances from 2016 to 2021 and is a regular reviewer for numerous scientific journals. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, and Eastern Illinois University President Research Fund and Creativity. He successfully organized three symposia for the Materials Research Society in 2013, 2014, and 2016. For details, please visit our Research Group Website


Ph.D. (1996), Inorganic Chemistry, Sun Yat-Sen University 
M.Sc. (1993), Organometallic Chemistry,Lanzhou University
B.Sc. (1990), Chemistry,Lanzhou University


The first research theme in our lab is near-infrared (NIR) emitting lanthanide materials for medical and optical applications. We use a molecular engineering approach to develop novel lanthanide complexes that can be sensitized effectively under the excitation of red light. Specifically, we are using porphyrin and BODIPY dyes as building blocks to make stable and functionalized lanthanide complexes. As demonstrated in the following graph, attaching iodinated BODIPY moieties to a phenanthroline ligand and expanding π-conjugation of porphyrin have great potential to address the aforementioned problems. The second theme in our lab is to design, synthesize and evaluate photoredox catalysts for efficient chemical conversion. In particular, we try to develop "two-in-one" catalysts, in which organic chromophores are integrated into a conventional catalyst to realize the intramolecular SET or EnT process as shown in the following figure. We found that the BODIPY-functionalized palladium (II) complex catalyzed Sonogashira C-C cross-coupling reactions efficiently. The third theme in our group is to study broadband light-harvesting materials for cost-effective solar energy utilization. We found that 8-hydroxyquinoline is an excellent anchoring group in dye-sensitized solar cells as shown in the following graph. The goal of this research is to construct stable and efficient electrodes using well-designed broadband light absorbers for solar water splitting. For details, please visit our Research Group Website.


Selected Publications

  • Kukoyi, A., He, H., Wheeler, K., Quinoline-functionalized BODIPY dyes: structural and photophysical properties, J. Photochem. Photobio. A Chem.em> 2022, 425, 113686. PDF
  • Li, W., He, Y., Miao, T., Lv, X.*, Fu, G.*, Wong, W-Y.*, He, H.* All-solution-processed multilayered white polymer -light-emitting diodes (WPLEDs) based on cross-linked [Ir(4-vb-PBI)2(acac), ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2021, 13 (9), 11096-11107 PDF
  • Balasooriya, D., Liu, B., He, H.*, Sykes, A., May, P. S. A conjugated porphyrin as a red-light sensitizer for near-infrared emission of ytterbium (III) ion, New J. Chem.2020, 44, 18756 – 18762 PDF
  • He, Y., Li, W., Fu, G., Wang, B., Miao, T., Tan, M., Feng, W., Lv, X.*, He, H.* Efficient and exclusively NIR-emitting (lamda = 780 nm) [Ir(C^N)2(O^O)]-heteroleptic complexes with -diketonate- or pyrazolonate-typed O^O-chelate ancillary. J. Lum.2020, 220, 116983 PDF
  • Fu, G., He, Y., Li, W., Miao, T., Lv, X.*, He, H., Liu, L., Wong, W.-Y.* Efficient white polymer light-emitting diodes (WPLEDs) based on covalent-grafting of [Zn2(MP)3(OAc)] into PVK. Chem. Sci.em>, 2020, 11, 2640-2646 PDF
  • Liu, J., Li, W., Wang, B., Tan, M., He, Y., Miao, T., Lv, X.*, Fu, G., He, H.* Ternary complexes [Sm(acac)3(5-Br-2,2'-bpy)] for the solution-processed white polymer light-emitting diodes (WPLED), Opt. Mater.2020, 107, 109936 PDF
  • Fu, G., Liu, L., Li, W., He, Y., Miao, T., Lv, X.*, He, H.* Efficient white polymer light-emitting diode (WPLED) based on single-component Eu3+-Tb3+-containing metallopolymer. Adv. Opt. Mater. 2019, 7, 1900776 PDF
  • Dissanayake, K., Ebukuyo, P., Dhahir, Y., Wheeler, K., He, H.* A BODIPY-functionalized PdII photoredox catalysts for Sonogashira C-C cross-coupling reactions. Chem. Commun.2019, 55, 4973- 4976 PDF
  • Kukoyi, A., Micheli, E., Liu, B., He, H.*, May, P. S. BODIPY functionalized 1,10-phenanthrolines as long-wavelength sensitizers for near-infrared emission of ytterbium (III) ion, Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 13880-13887 PDF
  • Fu, G., He, Y., Li, W., Wang, B., Lv, X.*, He, H.*, Wong, W-Y.* Efficient polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) based on chiral [Pt(C^N)(N^O)] complexes with near-infrared luminescence and circularly polarize (CP) light. J. Mater. Chem. C2019, 7, 13743 – 13747 PDF



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