Dr Hamish Yeung MRSC

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 the School of Chemistry. His research involves studying the formation and behaviour of materials for energy storage, electronics and sensing. His group uses in situ experimental techniques to understand how materials adapt and evolve during synthesis and when exposed to extreme conditions, such as high temperatures or high pressure.

As well as performing experiments in their Birmingham laboratory, The Yeung Research Group is a regular user of central scientific facilities, such as Diamond, the UK’s national synchrotron. Current topics of interest include metal-organic frameworks for sensing and separations, and hybrid perovskites and molecular switches for data storage.


  • 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:

  • Formation mechanisms and structure control of porous materials
  • In situ crystallography of materials for data storage
Interested applicants should contact Dr Yeung to discuss possible projects, including a CV and brief letter of motivation.


Current research projects

  • Formation mechanisms of metal-organic frameworks
  • Structure control of mixed-component molecular materials
  • High-pressure behaviour of molecular switches
  • In situ crystallography of materials under electric fields
  • Phase behaviour and dynamics of hybrid perovskites

Other activities

  • Industry consultancy
  • British Crystallographic Association Committee representation
  • Materials Horizons journal Community Board


Selected publications

  • H. Cui,* T. Tsumuraya, H. H.-M. Yeung,* C. S. Coates, M. R. Warren, and R. Kato (2019), 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) Molecules, 24, 1843.
  • H. H.-M. Yeung,* A. F. Sapnik, F. Massingberd-Mundy, M. W. Gaultois, Y. Wu, D. A. X. Fraser, S. Henke, R. Pallach, N. Heidenreich, O. V. Magdysyuk, N. T. Vo, and A. L. Goodwin (2019),  Control of Metal–Organic Framework Crystallization by Metastable Intermediate Pre-equilibrium Species, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 58, 566-571.
  • A. F. Sapnik, H. S. Geddes, E. M. Reynolds, H. H.-M. Yeung,* and A. L. Goodwin (2018), Compositional Inhomogeneity and Tuneable Thermal Expansion in Mixed-Metal ZIF-8 Analogues Chemical Communications, 54, 9651-9654.
  • H. H.-M. Yeung,* Y. Wu, S. Henke, A. K. Cheetham, D. O’Hare, and R. I. Walton (2016), In-Situ Observation of Successive Crystallisations and Metastable Intermediates in Metal-Organic Framework Formation Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 55, 2012-2016.
  • H. H.-M. Yeung, W. Li, P. J. Saines, T. K. J. Köster, C. P. Grey, and A. K. Cheetham (2013), “Ligand-Directed Control over Crystal Structure and Solid Solution Formation in Inorganic-Organic Frameworks” Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 21, 5544-5547.

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