Feng Deng


Telephone: 027-87198820 

Address: West Xiaohongshan 30#, Wuhan 430071, P. R. China

Postcode: 430071 

Research Areas

Solid-state NMR methodology
Heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic reactions studied by solid-state NMR spectroscopy and
DFT calculations
Solid-state NMR characterization of functional materials





09/1984-06/1988 B.S. in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now Sichuan University), P. R. China
09/1988 -06/1991 M.S. in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Wuhan Institute of Physics, CAS (supervisor: Prof. Youru Du)
09/1993 - 06/1996 Ph.D in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Wuhan Institute of Physics, CAS (supervisor: Prof. Chaohui Ye and Prof. Youru Du)

Postdoctoral Training

10/1997-12/1998 Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, Texas A & M University, USA (with Prof. James F. Haw; In-situ solid-state NMR studies of heterogeneous catalytic reactions on zeolites)

Work Experience
07/1991-05/1993 Research assistant, Wuhan Institute of Physics, CAS
06/1993-06/1996 Assistant professor, Wuhan Institute of Physics, CAS
07/1996-11/1999 Associate professor, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, CAS
12/1999-present Professor, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, CAS; Group Leader of Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy and Heterogeneous Catalysis
09/2008-07/2020 Vice director of National Centre for Magnetic Resonance in Wuhan
04/2005-11/2016 Vice director of State Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics
12/2016-present Director of State Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics

Honors & Distinctions

Wang T. C. Award for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2000)
Distinguished Young Scholars supported by National Science Foundation of China (Physical Chemistry, 2004)


More than 300 papers have been published in international journals including Chem Rev, Acc Chem Res, JACS, Angew Chem Int Ed, PRL, Adv Mater, Nat Commun, Chem Sci, Chem Commun, JPCL, JPC, JCP, PCCP, ACS Catal, J Catal, J Magn Reson, Solid State Nucl Magn Reson etc, which have been cited over 11000 times by other authors in SCI journals.


1 Establishing a link between the dual cycles in methanol-to-olefins conversion on H-ZSM-5: aromatization of cycloalkenes, ACS Catal., 2020.
2 Metal active sites and their catalytic functions in zeolites: insights from solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Acc. Chem. Res., 2019.
3 Observation of an oxonium ion intermediate in ethanol dehydration to ethene on zeolite, Nat. Commun., 2019.
4 The acidic nature of “NMR-invisible” tri-coordinated framework aluminum species in zeolites, Chem. Sci., 2019.
5 Extra-framework aluminum-assisted initial C-C bond formation in methanol-to-olefins conversion on zeolite H-ZSM-5, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018.
6 Brønsted/Lewis acid synergy in methanol-to-aromatics conversion on Ga-modified ZSM-5 zeolites as studied by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, ACS Catal., 2018.
7 A mechanistic study of methanol-to-aromatics reaction over Ga-modified ZSM‑5 zeolites: understanding the dehydrogenation process, ACS Catal., 2018.
8 Transfer Channel of Photoinduced Holes on a TiO2 Surface As Revealed by Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017.
9 31P NMR Chemical Shifts of Phosphorus Probes as Reliable and Practical Acidity Scales for Solid and Liquid Catalysts, Chem. Rev., 2017.
10 Host-Guest Interactions and Their Catalytic Consequences in Methanol to Olefins Conversion on Zeolites Studied by 13C–27Al Double-Resonance Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, ACS Catal, 2017.
11 Synergic Effect of Active Sites in Zinc-Modified ZSM-5 Zeolites as Revealed by High-Field Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016.
12 Acidic properties and structure-activity correlations of solid acid catalysts revealed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Acc. Chem. Res., 2016.
13 Direct detection of superamolecular reaction centers in the methanol-to- olefins conversion over zeolite H-ZSM-5 by 13C-27Al solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016.
14 Methylbenzene hydrocarbon pool in methanol-to-olefins conversion over zeolite H-ZSM-5, J. Catal., 2015.
15 Experimental evidence on the formation of ethene through carbocations in methanol conversion over H-ZSM-5 Zeolite, Chem. Eur. J., 2015.
16 Room temperature stable zinc carbonyl complex formed in zeolite ZSM-5 and its hydrogenation reactivity: a solid-state NMR study, Chem. Commun., 2015.
17  Alkylation of benzene with carbon monoxide over Zn/H-ZSM-5 zeolite studied by in situ solid-state NMR spectroscopy., Chem. Commun., 2014.
18 Host-Guest Interactions in Dealuminated HY Zeolite Probed by 13C-27Al Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. , 2014.
19 Low-temperature reactivity of Zn+ ions confined in ZSM-5 zeolite toward carbon monoxide oxidation: insight from in situ DRIFT and ESR spectroscopy, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013.
20 Understanding the high photocatalytic activity of (B,Ag)-codoped TiO2 under solar-light irradiation with XPS, solid-state NMR and DFT calculations, J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 2013.
21 Signal enhancement of J-HMQC experiments in solid-state NMR involving half-integer quadrupolar nuclei , Chem. Commun., 2013.
22  Insight into dimethyl ether carbonylation reaction over mordenite zeolite from in-situ solid-state NMR spectroscopy , J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013.
23 Alkylation of Benzene with methane over ZnZSM-5 zeolites studied with solid-state NMR spectroscopy , J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013.
24 NMR-spectroscopic evidence of intermediate-dependent pathways for acetic acid formation from methane and carbon monoxide over a ZnZSM-5 zeolite catalyst, Angew. Chem.Int. Ed., 2012.
25 Ferroelectricity induced by ordering of twisting motion in a molecular rotor, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012.
26 Room temperature activation of methane over Zn modified H-ZSM-5 zeolites: insight from solid-state NMR and theoretical calculations, Chem. Sci., 2012.
27 Enhancement of Bronsted acidity in zeolitic catalysts due to an intermolecular solvent effect in confined micropores, Chemical Communications, 2012.
28 Influence of Acid Strength and Confinement Effect on the Ethylene Dimerization Reaction over Solid Acid Catalysts: A Theoretical Calculation Study, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012.
29 Covariance spectroscopy with a non-uniform and consecutive acquisition scheme for signal enhancement of the NMR experiments, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 2012.
30 Brnsted/Lewis Acid Sites Synergy in H-MCM-22 Zeolite Studied by 1H and 27Al DQ-MAS NMR Spectroscopy, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2012.
31 Influence of acid strength on the reactivity of alkane activation on solid acid catalysts: A theoretical calculation study, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2012.
32 Adsorption Structure and Energy of Pyridine Confined inside Zeolite Pores, Acta Phys. Chim. Sin., 2012.
33 Hydrogenated mesoporous TiO2-SiO2 with increased moderate strong Bronsted acidic sites for Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction, Catalysis Science and Technology, 2012.
34 A study of the acidity of SAPO-34 by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2012.
35 Insights into the Dealumination of Zeolite HY Revealed by Sensitivity-Enhanced 27Al DQ-MAS NMR Spectroscopy at High Field , Angew Chem Int Ed, 2010.
36 A Novel Phase Transformation Phenomenon in Mesostructured Aluminophosphate, J Phys Chem C, 2010.
37  Combined Solid-State NMR and Theoretical Calculation Studies of Brnsted Acid Properties in Anhydrous 12-Molybdophosphoric Acid, J Phys Chem C, 2010.
38  New Insights into the Effects of Acid Strength on the Solid Acid-Catalyzed Reaction: Theoretical Calculation Study of Olefinic Hydrocarbon Protonation Reaction, J Phys Chem C, 2010.
39 13C Chemical shift of Adsorbed Acetone for Measuring the Acid Strength of Solid Acids: A Theoretical Calculation Study, J Phys Chem C, 2010.
40 Extra-framework aluminium species in hydrated faujasite zeolite as investigated by two-dimensional solid-state NMR spectroscopy and theoretical calculations, Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2010.
41 Measurement of hetero-nuclear distances using a symmetry-based pulse sequence in solid-state NMR, Phys Chem Chem Phys , 2010.
42  , Breaking the T-1 Constraint for Quantitative Measurement in Magic Angle Spinning Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, J Am Chem Soc, 2010.

Research Interests

Heterogeneous catalysts such as zeolites, metal oxides and heterpoly acids are important in the catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, and isomerization reactions in the petrochemical industry and their widespread application is mainly attributed to their acid-base catalyzed activity. In order to better understand the catalytic reaction process, the fundamental issues lie in characterization the detailed active center as well as elucidation of the catalysis reaction mechanism. The main objective of our research is to solve scientific problems involving the acid-catalyzed zeolites in the petrochemical industry.



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