Chinese postdoc joins TPU chemists to study nanoskeletons

A postdoc researcher Somboon Chaemchuen from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT, China) joined the newly-established Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences at TPU. Here he will study promising substances called metal-organic skeletons.


Photo: The head of Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences Mekhman Yusubov and postdoc researcher Somboon Chaemchuen


Somboon Chaemchuen arrived to Tomsk as part of the Chemistry of Future Network Center established at Tomsk Polytechnic University. The Center unites specialists from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Russia, and the USA.


Somboon works under the supervision of two scientists Francis Verpoort (Wuhan University of Technology) and TPU professor Mekhman Yusubov. The research teams already have substantial expertise in the field of metal-organic skeletons. During past three years, the professors published over a dozen of joint scientific articles dedicated to the topic in highly cited scientific journals.


Metal-organic skeletons are extremely promising hybrid molecules consisting of atoms of transition metals and organics. Previous studies showed that they may be used as effective catalysts in ‘green chemistry’ aimed at lower negative environmental impact. They may also be used in functional materials with programmable porosity: various gases may be absorbed in nanopores.


‘Synthesis of such skeletons is rather simple, which allows considering them as promising catalysts for industrial applications. Skeletons are now a worldwide scientific trend and chemists in laboratories conduct research of these compounds. They will be introduced into the industry in any case,’ says Somboon Chaemchuen. ‘In TPU, I expect to improve my competences in organic chemistry because I specialize in inorganic chemistry.


Here, I together with colleagues have already synthesized a new catalyst, and currently we test its activity.’


On the topic, Somboon works with Ass.Prof. Pavel Postnikov, two PhD students and two students from Tomsk Polytechnic University. They will have an opportunity to take an internship at the Wuhan University of Technology.


The head of Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences, Prof. Yusubov says: ‘The establishment of the School made it possible to invite another international specialist. This fosters its further development as an international School: about ten foreign researchers are working within the School. I am sure Somboon will acquire new skills and enrich our team with his competences.


Within the scientific community, it is necessary to exchange experience, and we believe that work in a collaboration is one of the most effective methods.’