Dr. Jihye Park
Assistant Professor

Office: Ekeley M335 


Ph.D.: Texas A&M University, Chemistry, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow: Stanford University, 2016 - 2019

Areas of Expertise

Inorganic; Nanotechnology/Materials; Photochemical Reactions & Multi-electron Chemistry; Physical Organic Chemistry; Renewable Energy

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 – 2018:  Camille & Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2017: ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award 
  • 2016: Dow Chemical Company Charlene Black Miller ’79 Endowed Memorial Fellow
  • 2015: Eastman Chemical Travel Award
  • 2012 – 2013: Welch Foundation International Fellow
  • 2009 – 2011: Fulbright & GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Fellow


We are a synthetic chemistry group developing functional hybrid materials with atomic/molecular precision to address fundamental challenges in sustainable energy and human health-related applications. By enabling synthetic tunability, we will manipulate the material’s physical properties (e.g., length-scale, shape, dimension) to understand transport/transfer processes.

Specifically, we will focus on framework materials (e.g., metal-organic frameworks) and their heterostructures to explore and further to leverage the emergent optical and electrical properties for targeted applications, including electrochemical energy storage/conversion, sensing, and electronic/photonic devices. Our research will also involve methodology development and in-depth characterization to advance materials development.

Selected Publications

Google Scholar link 

  • Park, J.; Hinckley, A.; Huang, Z.; Feng, D.; Yakovenko, A.; Lee, M.; Chen, S.; Zou, X.; Bao, Z.* “Synthetic Routes for a 2D Semiconductive Copper Hexahydroxybenzene Metal–Organic Framework, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 14533–14537
  • Park, J.; Lee, M.; Feng, D.; Huang, Z.; Hinckley, A.; Yakovenko, A.; Zou, X.; Cui, Y.; Bao, Z.* “Stabilization of Hexaaminobenzene in a 2D Conductive Metal–Organic Framework for High Power Sodium Storage,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 10315–10323
  • Park, J.; Xu, M.; Li, F.*; Zhou, H.-C.* “3D Long-range Triplet Migration in a Water-stable Metal–Organic Framework for Upconversion-based Ultralow-power in vivo Imaging,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 5493–5499
  • Feng, D.; Lei, T.; Lukatskaya, M.; Park, J.; Huang, Z.; Lee, M.; Shaw, L.; Chen, S.; Yakovenko, A.A.; Kulkarni, A.; Xiao, J.; Fredrickson, K.; Tok, J.B.; Zou, X.; Cui, Y.; Bao, Z.* “Robust and Conductive Two-Dimensional Metal–Organic Frameworks with Exceptionally High Volumetric and Areal Capacitance,” Nat. Energy 2018, 3, 30–36
  • Park, J.; Jiang, Q.; Feng, D.; Mao, L.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Size-Controlled Porphyrinic Metal–Organic Framework and Functionalization for Targeted Photodynamic Therapy,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 3518–3525 (Highlighted in Hanbitsa as a rising researcher’s work in Korea)
  • Park, J.; Jiang, Q.; Feng, D.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Controlled Generation of Singlet Oxygen in Living Cells by Tuning the Ratio of Photochromic Switch in Metal–Organic Frameworks,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7188–7193 (Featured as a “hot paper” and “inside cover”)
  • Park, J.; Feng, D.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Dual Exchange in PCN-333: A Facile Strategy to Chemically Robust Mesoporous Chromium Metal–Organic Framework with Functional Groups,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 11801–11809
  • Park, J.; Feng, D.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Structure-Assisted Functional Anchor Implantation in Robust Metal–Organic Frameworks with Ultralarge Pores,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 1663–1672
  • Park, J.; Feng, D.; Yuan, S.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Photochromic Metal–Organic Frameworks: Reversible Control of Singlet Oxygen Generation,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 430–435 (Featured as a “hot paper” and “frontispiece”; Highlighted in ChemistryViews and EFRC Newsletter, US Department of Energy)
  • Lu, W.; Wei, Z.; Gu, Z.-Y.; Liu, T.-F.; Park, J.; Park, J.; Tian, J.; Zhang, M.; Zhang, Q.; Gentle III, T.; Bosch, M.; Zhou, H.-C.* “Tuning the Structure and Function of Metal–Organic Frameworks via Linker Design,” Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 5561–5593

(equal contribution; * corresponding author)