Dr Mingshui Yao

Mingshui Yao

School of Chemical Engineering
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

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Centre for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Research

Mingshui Yao is a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow within the Du Group at the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Dr. Yao’s research involved the design of novel dual-ligand redox-active PCPs (also known as MOFs) and dual-functional PCP based composites that exhibit both responsive conductivity and flexible behaviours when exposed to gases/vapours or various stimuli. His work provided new insight through the skillful use of in situ/operando characterization of properties and structure. Currently, his research focuses on the reduction of fuel crossover and enhancement of electrode performance using the thin film of crystalline porous materials in PEMFCs.


Ph.D. in Material Sciences, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences / University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2014

BSc in Chemical Engineering and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China, 2009


Mingshui Yao received his Ph.D. in Materials Science (2014) from the Institute of Process Engineering, CAS. Then he worked (2014-2018) at FJIRSM, CAS, and Kyoto Univerisity as a JSPS fellow (Prof. Susumu Kitagawa, 2018-2022). He does research in Materials Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, and Electrical Devices.

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Editor / Editorial Board Member:

Nano Research (Young Star Editor, 2021-2023)

Frontiers in Chemistry (Associate Editor, 2022)

 Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer:

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Nano-Micro Letters, Journal of Hazardous Materials, iScience, ChemNanoMat, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Chemistry Letters, etc.


  1. M.-S. Yao, P. Wang, Y.-F. Gu, T. Koganezawa, H. Ashitani, Y. Kubota, Z.-M. Wang, Z.-Y. Fan, K.-i. Otake,* S. Kitagawa,* A comparative study of honeycomb-like 2D π-conjugated metal–organic framework chemiresistors: conductivity and channels. Dalton Trans. 2021, 50,13236-13245. 10.1039/D1DT02323C.
  2. M.-S. Yao, K.-i. Otake, Z. Xue, S. Kitagawa,* Concluding Remarks: Current and Next Generation MOFs. Faraday Discuss. 2021, 231, 397-417. 10.1039/D1FD00058F. (review)
  3. M.-S. Yao, W.-H. Li, G. Xu,* Metal–organic frameworks and their derivatives for electrically-transduced gas sensors. Coord. Chem. Rev. 2021, 426, 213479. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2020.213479. (review, ESI highly cited paper)
  4. A.-Q. Wu, W.-Q. Wang, H.-B. Zhan, L.-A. Cao, X.-L. Ye, J.-J. Zheng, P. N. Kumar, K. Chiranjeevulu, W.-H. Deng, G.-E. Wang, M.-S. Yao,* G. Xu,* Layer-by-layer assembled dual-ligand conductive MOF nano-films with modulated chemiresistive sensitivity and selectivity. Nano Res. 2021, 14, 438-443. 10.1007/s12274-020-2823-8.
  5. M.-S. Yao, J. J. Zheng, A. Q. Wu, G. Xu, S. S. Nagarkar, G. Zhang, M. Tsujimoto, S. Sakaki, S. Horike, K. Otake,* S. Kitagawa,* A Dual-Ligand Porous Coordination Polymer Chemiresistor with Modulated Conductivity and Porosity. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 172-176. 10.1002/anie.201909096.
  6. Y. Jian, W. Hu, Z. Zhao, P. Cheng, H. Haick,* M.-S. Yao,* W. Wu,* Gas Sensors Based on Chemi-Resistive Hybrid Functional Nanomaterials. Nano-Micro Lett. 2020, 12, 71. 10.1007/s40820-020-0407-5. (review, ESI highly cited paper)
  7. W. Hu, L. Wan, Y. Jian, C. Ren, K. Jin, X. Su, X. Bai, H. Haick,* M.-S. Yao,* W. Wu,* Electronic Noses: From Advanced Materials to Sensors Aided with Data Processing. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2019, 4, 1800488. doi:10.1002/admt.201800488. (review, Best 20 papers of 2019)
  8. Y. Wang, M.-S. Yao, L. J. Zhao, W. Wang, W. N. Xue, Y. Li,* CuxS nanoparticle@carbon nanorod composites prepared from metal-organic frameworks as efficient electrode catalysts for quantum dot sensitized solar cells. J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 2210-2218. 10.1039/c8ta10629k.
  9. M.-S. Yao, L.-A. Cao, Y.-X. Tang, G.-E. Wang, R.-H. Liu, P. N. Kumar, G.-D. Wu, W.-H. Deng, W.-J. Hong,* G. Xu,* Gas transport regulation in a MO/MOF interface for enhanced selective gas detection. J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 18397-18403. 10.1039/C9TA05226G.
  10. M.-S. Yao, X.-J. Lv, Z.-H. Fu, W.-H. Li, W.-H. Deng, G.-D. Wu, G. Xu,* Layer-by-Layer Assembled Conductive Metal–Organic Framework Nanofilms for Room-Temperature Chemiresistive Sensing. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 16510-16514. 10.1002/anie.201709558. (ESI highly cited paper)
  11. W. H. Li, K. Ding, H. R. Tian, M.-S. Yao, B. Nath, W. H. Deng, Y. B. Wang, G. Xu,* Conductive Metal-Organic Framework Nanowire Array Electrodes for High-Performance Solid-State Supercapacitors. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1702067. 10.1002/adfm.201702067. (ESI highly cited paper)
  12. M.-S. Yao, W.-X. Tang, G.-E. Wang, B. Nath, G. Xu,* MOF thin film-coated metal oxide nanowire array: significantly improved chemiresistor sensor performance. Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 5229-5234. 10.1002/adma.201506457. (ESI highly cited paper)
  13. T. Guo, M.-S. Yao, Y. H. Lin,* C. W. Nan,* A comprehensive review on synthesis methods for transition-metal oxide nanostructures. CrystEngComm 2015, 17, 3551-3585. 10.1039/c5ce00034c. (review)
  14. M.-S. Yao, Q. Li, G. Hou, C. Lu, B. Cheng, K. Wu, G. Xu, F. Yuan,* F. Ding,* Y. Chen, Dopant-Controlled Morphology Evolution of WO3 Polyhedra Synthesized by RF Thermal Plasma and Their Sensing Properties. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 2856–2866. 10.1021/am5081277.

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