Prof Xiaodong Zou
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Organisation: Inorganic and Structural Chemistry (Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry)
Phone: +46 8 16 23 89
Stockholm University, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
SE-106 91 Stockholm

Further organisations:
Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry


Xiaodong Zou is a full professor at the Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, and the director of the Berzelii Centre EXSELENT on Porous Materials at Stockholm University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physics 1984 at Peking University and Master of Science in Transmission electron microscopy 1986 at Beijing University of Technology. She moved her research into chemistry after her Master study and received her PhD in structural chemistry at Stockholm University in 1995. She carried out her postdoctoral research at Lund University, working with the Tage Erlander Professor David R. Veblen from John Hopkins University, USA. She joined the faculty at Stockholm University in 1996 and became professor 2005. One of her research interests is method development for accurate atomic structure determination of nano-sized crystals by electron crystallography. She is also working on synthesis, structure determination, topology analysis and applications of inorganic open-framework materials and metal-organic frameworks. In 2006, she received 100 MSEK from VR and VINNOVA to build up the Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials.

Xiaodong Zou has received several awards including KVAs särskilda forskartjänster supported by Knut and Wallenberg Foundation, 2001-2005, the Tage Erlander Prize in Chemistry in 2002 and Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry in 2008, both given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and K.H. Kuo Award for Distinguished Scientist, 2010. Recently she was awarded the Arrhenius-Plaketten 2012 given by the Swedish Chemical Society. She has 170 publications including Nature, Science, Nature Materials and Nature Chemistry, and has > 100 invited lectures in national and international conferences, and universities.


List of ten selected publications: 

  1. T. Willhammar, J.L. Sun, W. Wan, P. Oleynikov, D.L. Zhang, X.D. Zou, M. Moliner, J. Gonzalez, C. Martínez, F. Rey, A. Corma, “Structure and catalytic properties of the most complex intergrown zeolite ITQ-39 determined by electron crystallography”, Nature Chem. (2012) 188-194.
  2. X.D. Zou, S. Hovmöller and P. Oleynikov, “Electron crystallography - Electron microscopy and electron diffraction”, IUCr texts on crystallography 16, Oxford University Press (2011) ISBN 978-0-19-958020-0.  
  3. D.L. Zhang, S. Hovmöller, P. Oleynikov and X.D. Zou, “Collecting 3D electron diffraction data by the rotation method” Z. Kristallogr. 225 (2010) 94-102.
  4.   J.L. Sun, C. Bonneau, Á. Cantín, A. Corma, M.J. Díaz-Cabañas, M. Moliner, D.L. Zhang, M.R. Li and X.D. Zou “The ITQ-37 mesoporous chiral zeolite” Nature 458 (2009) 1154-1157.
  5. Y. Han, D.L. Zhang, L. L. Chng, J.L. Sun, L Zhao, X.D. Zou, J.Y. Ying  “A tri-continuous mesoporous material with a silica pore wall following a hexagonal minimal surface”, Nature Chem. 1 (2009) 123-127. 
  6. L.Q. Tang, L.Shi, C. Bonneau, J.L. Sun, H.J. Yue, A. Ojuva, B.-L. Lee, M. Kritikos, B. Zoltán, J. Mink, R. G. Bell and X.D. Zou “A zeolite family with chiral and achiral structures built from the same building layer” Nature Mater. 7 (2008) 381-385. DOI:10.1038/nmat2169. 
  7. X.D. Zou and S. Hovmöller “Electron crystallography: imaging and single crystal diffraction on powders”, Acta Cryst. A64 (2008) 149-160.
  8. C. Baerlocher, F. Gramm, L.Massüger, L.B. McCusker, Z.B. He, S. Hovmöllerand X.D. Zou, “Structure of polycrystalline zeolite catalyst IM-5 solved by enhanced charge flipping”, Science 315 (2007) 1113-1116.
  9. X.D. Zou, T. Conradsson, M. Klingstedt, M.S. Dadachov and M. O’Keeffe “A mesoporous germanium oxide with crystalline pore walls and its chiral derivative", Nature 437 (2005) 716-719.
  10. T.E. Weirich, R. Ramlau, A. Simon, S. Hovmöller and X.D. Zou, “A crystal structure determined to 0.02 Å accuracy by electron crystallography”, Nature 382 (1996) 144-146.


Commissions of trust

Editor of Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, since 2010.

Member of the Structure Commission of International Zeolite Association, since 2010.

Member of the Swedish National Committee for Chemistry, since 2012.

Member of the Commission on Electron Crystallography of the International Union of Crystallography, 2002-2011.

Member of the SIG (Special Interested Group) on Electron Crystallography, European Crystallographic Association, since 2000.

Board Member of the Inorganic Chemistry Section, Swedish Chemical Society, since 2010.

Member of the Swedish National Committee for Crystallography 2002-2004.

Regular reviewer of more than 15 journals including NatureAngew. Chem.J. Am. Chem. Soc..

Overseas scientific expert at Fujian Inst. of Research on the Structure of Matter, since 2007.

Director of Berzelii Centre EXSELENT on Porous Materials, Stockholm Univ. 2006-2012.

Direct of Materials Analysis Centre at Arrhenius Laboratory (MACAL), SU, 2006-2011.

Int. scientific expert of the “111” Research Project of China, Jilin University, since 2006.

Guest professor of Jilin University, since 2006 -.

Member of the Evaluation group for grant applications in Chemical Engineering (NT-H), the Swedish Research Council, 2006, 2008.    

Opponent and Member of Ph.D. thesis committee for many Ph.D. students.

Organiser of the International Workshop on Advanced Electron Microscopy and Applications in Materials Science, Shenyang, China, July 11-15, 2011.

Organiser of the XIV international symposium on relations between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis (ISHHC), September 2009.

Organisers and directors of 8 international schools on electron crystallography in France, Stockholm, Finland, Poland and Italy, in total 400 participants from 23 different countries.

Organisers of the workshop “Mesoporous crystals and related nano-structured materials”, June 3-5, 2004, Stockholm.

Organisers of 4 international conferences on electron microscopy and quasicrystals. 




Contracts (9)
Collaborating with (19)
3D Electron Microscopy for Nanostructure Research (3DEM-NATUR)
Period: 1/1/13 - 12/31/17
Svensk sammanfattningProjektet "3D elektronmikroskopi för nanostrukturforskning (3DEM-NATUR)" går ut på att utveckla nya metoder för att studera atomära och mesoskopiska arrangemang i fasta ämnen, på ytor och vid gränsytor. Atomär strukturinformation behövs för att förstå egenskaper och funktioner ...
Design of functional porous materials
Period: 1/1/08 - 12/31/10
We will design, synthesize and characterize new functional porous crystalline materials. The structures will be built from molecular building units, the "LEGO blocks". We will use inorganic, metal-organic and organic molecules as the "LEGO blocks" to build open framework structures according to ...
Design of functional porous materials
Period: 1/1/11 - 12/31/13
The current proposal contains three projects: 1) zeolites and zeolite-related inorganic open-framework materials; 2) novel metal-organic frameworks; 3) New methods and strategies for structure analysis by X-ray diffraction and electron crystallography. New functional crystalline porous materials ...
Design, Functionalization and Characterization of Nanoporous Materials
Period: 1/1/14 - 12/31/18
Naturen hatar tomrum. Atomer och molekyler i alla vätskor och fasta ämnen ligger tätt packade invid varandra. Ett mycket ovanligt undantag utgörs av zeoliter som är porösa material uppbyggda av aluminiumsilikater. Hålrummen i zeoliterna bildar intrikata kanalsystem. Vissa molekyler kan tränga in i ...
Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry 2008
Period: 1/1/09 - 12/31/11
The Göran Gustafsson Prize is the largest national prize for scientific research in Sweden. The jury awarded the prize to Professor Hössjer for his work in "successfully uniting major theoretical contributions in the field of mathematical statistics with highly interesting applications within ...
Rational synthesis of porous materials and probing reactions in action within multipurpose in-situ cells (MATsynCELL)
Period: 1/1/13 - 12/31/17
Nanoporösa material har många små porer och sådana material har funnit mängder av tillämpningar. De används tex i tvättmedel, för luftrening och för att snabba på och styra kemiska reaktioner i raffinaderier och annan kemisk industri. Dessa material har mycket stora interna ytor (ofta > 1000 ...
The Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials
Period: 10/1/06 - 12/31/16
The Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials is a joint initiative to promote excellent, multidisciplinary and innovative research on porous materials. The center generates new ideas for designing and synthesizing porous materials tailored for different applications. The current research is ...
X-ray powder diffraction equipment for materials characterization
Period: 1/1/07 - 12/31/07
X-ray powder diffraction is an important characterization technique for materials research and applications. There is an urgent need for a new, state of the art X-ray powder diffractometer for the rapidly growing materials research activities at the department of physical, inorganic and structural ...