Dr Hamish H-M Yeung MRSC MInstP

Dr Hamish Hei-Man Yeung

School of Chemistry
Lecturer in Materials Chemistry

Contact details

Haworth Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Hamish Hei-Man Yeung is a Lecturer in Materials Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. His research interests lie in the formation, structures and properties of new materials and his main expertise are in materials synthesis and characterisation using X-ray diffraction. Materials of interest include metal–organic frameworks, hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites and molecular conductors for applications such as energy storage, electronics and sensing.

The Yeung Group uses a variety of synthetic techniques to discover new materials and specialises in crystallographic characterisation of materials using single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. In addition, the group uses and develops in situ experimental techniques to understand materials’ behaviour and formation.

As well as performing experiments at the School of Chemistry, the Yeung Group has several collaborations around the world and uses central scientific facilities, such as Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron.


  • PhD in Materials Science, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • BA/MSci in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Institute of Physics


Dr Hamish Hei-Man Yeung is a Lecturer in the School of Chemistry. He studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, going on to pursue a PhD in Materials Science with Prof. Tony Cheetham. During 2014-2016 he held an independent research position at the International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan. He returned to the UK to take up a Glasstone Fellowship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, which he held from 2016-2019 before moving to Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Yeung is seeking motivated students to work in the following areas:

  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites
  • Molecular conductors
  • Materials formation and phase behaviour
  • Chemical sorption, separation and sensing
  • Ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity and dielectric properties
  • Ionic and electronic conductors
  • In situ crystallography

Interested applicants should contact Dr Yeung to discuss possible projects and funding sources, including a CV and brief letter of motivation.


Current research projects

  • Formation of metal-organic frameworks (EPSRC, UoB)
  • Pre-nucleation behaviour of metal-organic frameworks (Royal Society)
  • Discovery of hybrid perovskite ferroelectrics (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Electric field-induced distortions in hybrid perovskites (Diamond Light Source, UoB)
  • Multi-lengthscale characterisation of MOF formation (Diamond Light Source, UoB)
  • Structure control of mixed-component MOFs (UoB, BAM)
  • High pressure behaviour of molecular conductors

Other activities

  • British Crystallographic Association Chemical Crystallography Group (2022-)
  • Diamond Light Source Peer Review Panel (2020-; chair 2021-)
  • Midlands Materials Chemistry (2019-)


Selected publications on hybrid perovskites:

“Materials discovery and design limits in MDABCO perovskites”
S. D. Gale, H. J. Lloyd, L. Male, M. R. Warren, L. K. Saunders, P. A. Anderson, H. H.-M. Yeung
CrystEngComm 202224, 7272–7276.

“Mechanisms for collective inversion-symmetry breaking in dabconium perovskite ferroelectrics”
D. Allen, N. C. Bristowe, A. L. Goodwin, H. H.-M. Yeung    
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2021, 9, 2706–2711. DOI: 10.1039/D1TC00619C.

Selected publications on metal–organic frameworks:

“Single-step synthesis and interface tuning of core–shell metal–organic framework nanoparticles”
K. W. P. Orr, S. M. Collins, E. M. Reynolds, F. Nightingale, H. Boström, S. J. Cassidy, D. Dawson, S. E. Ashbrook, O. V. Magdysyuk, P. A. Midgley, A. L. Goodwin, H. H.-M. Yeung    
Chemical Science 202112, 4494–4502. DOI: 10.1039/D0SC04892E.

“Strain-based chemical sensing using metal–organic framework nanoparticles”
H. H.-M. Yeung, G. Yoshikawa, K. Minami, K. Shiba
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 20208, 18007–18014. DOI: 10.1039/D0TA07248F.

“Control of Metal–Organic Framework Crystallization by Metastable Intermediate Pre‐equilibrium Species”
H. H.-M. Yeung, A. F. Sapnik, F. Massingberd-Mundy, M. W. Gaultois, Y. Wu, D. X. Fraser, S. Henke, R. Pallach, N. Heidenreich, O. Magdysyuk, N. T. Vo, A. L. Goodwin
Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 201958, 566–571. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201810039.

Selected publications on molecular conductors:

“High-Pressure Crystal Structure and Unusual Magnetoresistance of a Single-Component Molecular Conductor [Pd(dddt)2] (dddt = 5,6-dihydro-1,4-dithiin-2,3-dithiolate)”
H. Cui, H. H.-M. Yeung, Y. Kawasugi, T. Minamidate, L. K. Saunders, R. Kato
Crystals 202111, 534. DOI: 10.3390/cryst11050534.

“High Pressure Crystal Structure and Electrical Properties of a Single Component Molecular Crystal [Ni(dddt)2] (dddt = 5,6-dihydro-1,4-dithiin-2,3-dithiolate)”
H. Cui, T. Tsumuraya, H. H.-M. Yeung, C. S. Coates, M. R. Warren, R. Kato 
Molecules 201924, 1843. DOI: 10.3390/molecules24101843

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