Cluster Chemistry

Metal-Metal Bonds

Coordination Chemistry

Main-group Elemental Chemistry


1997-2001    Wuhan University                                         B.S.

2001-2006    Fujian Inst. Structure & Matter , CAS     Ph.D

2006-2008    PNNL (USA)                                                     PD               

2008-2010    NDSU (USA)                                                     PD

2010-2018    Changchun Inst. Applied Chem. CAS     Professor

2018-               Nankai University                                         Professor

Representative results


1. Lei Qiao, John E. McGrady, Zhong-Ming Sun*

Zintl Chemistry: From Zintl ions to Zintl clusters

Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry III, Chapter 12 (18500 words), 2021, Accepted

2. M. Kulichenko, N. Fedik, N. V. Tkachenkoa, Á. Muñoz-Castro, Zhong-Ming Sun, A. I. Boldyrev 

“Spherical aromaticity in inorganic chemistry“

Aromaticity, Chapter 14, 447-488 下载Aromaticity.pdf

3. Nikolay V. Tkachenko, Zhong-Ming Sun, A. I. Boldyrev, A. Muñoz-Castro

Advances in Cluster Bonding. Bridging Superatomic Building Blocks via Intercluster Bonds

Atomic Clusters with Unusual Structure, Bonding and Reactivity, 2022, Chapter 18

4. Yu-He Xu, N. V. Tkachenko, A. Muñoz-Castro, A. I. Boldyrev, Zhong-Ming Sun*

A Branch of Zintl Chemistry: Metal Clusters of Group 15 Elements”

Atomically Precise Nanochemistry2022,  Chapter X


1. Wei-Qiang Zhang, Harry W. T. Morgan, John E. McGrady*, Zhong-Ming Sun*

Synthesis and characterisation of the ternary intermetalloid clusters {M@[As8(ZnMes)4]}3– (M = Nb, Ta) from binary [M@As8]3– precursors

Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 6744-6748

2. Harry W. T. Morgan, Cong-Cong Shu, Zhong-Ming Sun*, John E. McGrady*

A missing link in the growth of lead-based Zintl clusters: isolation of the dimeric plumbaspherene [Cu4Pb22]4–

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 8007-8017


3. Zi-Chuan Wang, Lei Qiao, Zhong-Ming Sun*, Manfred Scheer

Inorganic Ferrocene Analogue [Fe(P4)2]2-

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 6698-6702  (JACS spotlightACS Editors' Choice, highlighted by Chemistry World,ChemistryViews)


4. Hong-Lei Xu, N. V. Tkachenko, D. W. Szczepanik, I. A. Popov, A. Muñoz-Castro, A. I. Boldyrev,* Zhong-Ming Sun*

Symmetry Collapse due to the Presence of Multiple Local Aromaticity in [Ge24]4- 

Nature Commun. 2022, 13, 2149 (Feature Article)

5. Yu-He Xu, N. V. Tkachenko, Ivan A. Popov, Lei Qiao, A. Muñoz-Castro, A. I. Boldyrev, Zhong-Ming Sun*

Ternary Aromatic and Anti-aromatic Clusters Derived from the Hypho Species [Sn2Sb5]3- 下载.pdf

Nature Commun. 2021, 12, 4465

6. Yi Wang, John E. McGrady, Zhong-Ming Sun*

Solution-Based Group 14 Zintl Anions: New Frontiers and Discoveries下载.pdf

Acc. Chem. Res. 2021, 54, 1506-1516

7. Hong-Lei Xu, Nikolay V. Tkachenko, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro,  Alexander I. Boldyrev*, Zhong-Ming Sun*
 [Sn8]6--bridged mixed-valence Zn(I)/Zn(II) in {[K2ZnSn8(ZnMes)]2}4- Inverse Sandwich-Type Cluster Supported by Zn(I)-Zn(I) Bond anie.下载.pdf
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60(18), 9990-9995

8. Hong-Lei Xu, Nikolay V. Tkachenko, Zi-Chuan Wang, Wei-Xing Chen,  Lei Qiao, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, A.I. Boldyrev*, Zhong-Ming Sun

A Sandwich-Type Cluster Containing Ge@Pd3 Planar Fragment Flanked by Aromatic Nonagermanide Caps 下载pdf

Nature Commun. 2020, 11, 5286 (Feature Article)

9. Lei QiaoChao Zhang, Cong-Cong Shu, Harry Morgan, John E. McGrady,*  Zhong-Ming Sun* 

[Cu4@E18]4– (E=Sn, Pb): Fused Derivatives of Endohedral Stannaspherene and Plumbaspherene“ 下载pdf

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142(31), 13288–13293

10. Hong-Lei Xu, I. A. Popov, N. V. Tkachenko, Zi-Chuan Wang, A. Muñoz-Castro, A.I. Boldyrev,* Zhong-Ming Sun,*  

sigma-Aromaticity-Induced Stabilization of Heterometallic Supertetrahedral Clusters [Zn6Ge16]4- and [Cd6Ge16]4-下载pdf

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59 (39), 17286 (Hot Paper)

11. Cong-Cong Shu, H. W. T. Morgan, L. Qiao, J. E.McGrady*, Zhong-Ming Sun*  

A family of lead clusters with precious metal cores” 下载pdf

Nature Commun. 2020, 11, 3477  (Feature Article)

12.  Chao Liu, N. V. Tkachenko, I. A. Popov, N. Fedik, Xue Min, C.-Q. Xu,Jun Li, J. E. McGrady, A. I. Boldyrev, Zhong-Ming Sun*

Structure and Bonding in [Sb@In8Sb12]3- and [Sb@In8Sb12]5–下载pdf

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58(25), 8367-8371  (Inside Cover)


13. Chao Liu, Xiao Jin, Lei-Jiao Li, Jun Xu, John E. McGrady*  Zhong-Ming Sun*

Synthesis and structure of a family of rhodium polystannide clusters [Rh@Sn10]3–, [Rh@Sn12]3–, [Rh2@Sn17]6– and the first triply-fused stannide, [Rh3@Sn24]5–

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 4394-4401 (Cover)

14Xue Min, Ivan A. Popov, Fu-Xing Pan, Lei-Jiao Li, Eduard Matito, Zhong-Ming Sun,Lai-Sheng Wang, Alexander I. Boldyrev*

All-Metal Antiaromaticity in Sb4-Type Lanthanocene Anions下载pdf

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55(18), 5531-5535 

For a  highlight of this paper, see: Ritter, S. K. “Cyclic antimony complexes take aromaticity to a new level Chemical & Engineering News, 2016, 94, P5

15 Ivan A. Popov, Fu-Xing Pan, X.-R. You, Lei-Jiao Li, E. Matito, C. Liu, H.-J. Zhai, Zhong-Ming Sun, Alexander I. Boldyrev* 

“Peculiar All-Metal sigma-Aromaticity of the [Au2Sb16]4-  Anion in the Solid下载pdf

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55(49), 15344–15346

16Fu-Xing Pan , Lei-Jiao Li , Ying-Jin Wang , Jin-Chang Guo , Hua-Jin Zhai*, Li Xu, Zhong-Ming Sun

An All-Metal Aromatic Sandwich Complex [Sb3Au3Sb3]3-下载pdf

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 10954-10957.  

For a  highlight of this paper, see: Ritter, S. K. “All-Metal Sandwich Is Now On The Menu,Chemical & Engineering News 2015,93 (34) 24.  This article was also featured as a JACS spotlight

17Jing Zhang, Jun-Feng Liu, Angel Ugrinov, Anthony F. X. Pillai, Zhong-Ming Sun*, Pinjing Zhao* 

Methoxy-Directed Aryl-to-Aryl 1,3-Rhodium Migration

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135 (46), 17270–17273


18. Zhong-Ming Sun, Jing Zhang, Rajith S. Manan, Pinjing Zhao*  

Rh(I)-Catalyzed Olefin Hydroarylation with Electron-Deficient Perfluoroarenes

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010,132, 6935-6937.

19. Zhong-Ming Sun, Pinjing Zhao*  

Rhodium-Mediated Decarboxylative Conjugate Addition of Fluorinated Benzoic Acids: Stoichiometric and Catalytic Transformations

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 6854-6858.

20. Zhong-Ming Sun,Hai Xiao, Jun Li, Lai-Sheng Wang*

“[Pd2@Sn18]4-: Fusion of two endohedral stannaspherenes

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 9560-9561.