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Affiliates – Ziling (Ben) Xue

Prof. Ziling (Ben) Xue
[email protected]

Professor of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research focus: Quantum Materials Synthesis



Dr. Xue received B.S. degree from Nanjing University/College of Pharmacy and Ph.D. degree from UCLA. After postdoctoral research at Indiana University, he has been a faculty member at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Xue was named earlier as an NSF Young Investigator and Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He is a fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and ACS (American Chemical Society). Dr. Xue’s research has recently focused on characterization and development of single-molecule magnets, chemical qubits, and 2-D Haldane topological materials. Techniques his group has used include inelastic neutron scattering (INS), neutron diffraction, far-IR magneto-spectroscopy (FIRMS), and Raman magneto-spectroscopy (RaMS).

Research Description

Development of molecular quantum systems and Haldane topological materials.

Recent research

(1) Inorg. Chem. 2022, 61, 17123;

(2) Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 11110;

(3) Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 5218;

(4) Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 15846;

(5) Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 2572;

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The two-dimensional (2-D) coordination polymer (CP) displays single-molecule magnet (SMM) behaviors. Magnetic properties of the CP have been studied by advanced spectroscopies and computations, giving spin Hamiltonian parameters. Ab initio calculations explore the origin of the magnetic anisotropy and magnetostructural correlations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations give spin densities in the CP and a calculated spectrum of inelastic neutron scattering (INS) to compared with that from experiments. J. Phys. Chem. C 2022, 126, 13268 (