Taimin Yang

Post Doc

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Works at Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Room C 560
Postal address Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Brief about me:

  • Experienced researcher in electron crystallography and transmission electron microscopy
  • Extensive hands-on experiences in programming in python and R
  • Experienced practitioner in cloud computation, data analytics, business intelligence and advance analytics, including machine learning and deep learning

I moved to Sweden to pursuit my PhD degree in 2015. My research projects involved mainly in electron diffraction data quality analysis and building automatic data processing pipelines. During my years as a research assistant, I designed and implement several programs in C++, python and R. In 2019, I received my PhD degree in Stockholm University.

After that in order to get deeper understanding of state-of-the-art cloud technology and experience updated working methodology, I worked in Nordea Bank Abp as a business analyst. In Nordea, I was working in reguatory reporting in an agile team. My daily job is developing automatic tools for accounting process of Nordea’s balance sheet and producing regulatory report under Basel III framework later communicate with central banks and reply to their queries about the liquidity, risk and capital adequacy. I also worked closely with developers from IT department and correct internal logic errors in databases and data warehouse product. During the process, I developed a general view about what commercial products should look like.

After one year of epxerience in industry, I understand how to work with a large project and how to divide and define every procedure and action required for completing the project. Then I would like to apply what I have learned in the industry back to method development in research field. 


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2020. Xia Sheng (et al.). Applied Catalysis B 264

    Materials design of efficient electrochemical micro-reactors is challenging, although hierarchically structured, self-standing electrodes with catalyst arrays offer promise. Herein, catalyst function in compact micro-reactor electrodes is designed by nanostructural tailoring of carbonized wood for efficient water splitting. Specifically, NiFe rod tipped, N-doped graphitic carbon nanocapsule arrays are self-assembled in hierarchical wood, and the benefit of this unique presentation and its promotive effect on accessibility of the catalyst surfaces is apparent. This report also comprises the first wood based micro-reactor electrodes for electrocatalytic water oxidation demonstrating excellent performance. The overpotential for oxygen evolution reaction was as low as 180 mV for 10 mA cm(-2) current density and TOFredox was high at a level of 5.8 s(-1) (at 370 mV overpotential). This hierarchical electrode can also work as bifunctional catalyst (both as anodic and as cathodic electrode) for total water splitting with a cell potential of 1.49 V for 10 mA cm(-2) in alkaline solution, suggestive of their potential also in other electrochemical applications.

  • 2018. Bin Wang (et al.). Chemistry - A European Journal 24 (66), 17429-17433

    Single-crystal electron diffraction has shown to be powerful for structure determination of nano- and submicron-sized crystals that are too small to be studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. However, it has been very challenging to obtain high quality electron diffraction data from beam sensitive crystals such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). It is even more difficult to locate guest species in the pores of MOF crystals. Here, we present synthesis of a novel porous cobalt MOF with 1D channels, [Co-2(Ni-H4TPPP)]center dot 2DABCO center dot 6H(2)O, (denoted Co-CAU-36; DABCO=1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane), and its structure determination using continuous rotation electron diffraction (cRED) data. By combining a fast hybrid electron detector with low sample temperature (96 K), high resolution (0.83-1.00 angstrom) cRED data could be obtained from eight Co-CAU-36 crystals. Independent structure determinations were conducted using each of the eight cRED datasets. We show that all atoms in the MOF framework could be located. More importantly, we demonstrate for the first time that organic molecules in the pores, which were previously difficult to find, could be located using the cRED data. A comparison of eight independent structure determinations using different datasets shows that structural models differ only on average by 0.03(2) angstrom for the framework atoms and 0.10(6) and 0.16(12) angstrom for DABCO and water molecules, respectively.

  • 2018. Hongyi Xu (et al.). Structure 26 (4), 667-675

    Recent developments of novel electron diffraction techniques have shown to be powerful for determination of atomic resolution structures from micronand nano-sized crystals, too small to be studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In this work, the structure of a rare lysozyme polymorph is solved and refined using continuous rotation MicroED data and standard X-ray crystallographic software. Data collection was performed on a standard 200 kV transmission electron microscope (TEM) using a highly sensitive detector with a short readout time. The data collection is fast (similar to 3 min per crystal), allowing multiple datasets to be rapidly collected from a large number of crystals. We show that merging data from 33 crystals significantly improves not only the data completeness, overall I/sigma and the data redundancy, but also the quality of the final atomic model. This is extremely useful for electron beam-sensitive crystals of low symmetry or with a preferred orientation on the TEM grid.

  • 2019. Taimin Yang, Xiaodong Zou, Grüne Tim.

    The crystal structure determines the physical properties of a material. The structure can be analysed at different levels, from atomic level, mesoscale level, all the way up to the macroscale level. Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) is a powerful tool for studying the structure of materials at atomic scale level and mesoscale level because of the short wavelength of the electrons. At atomic scale level, structure determination using TEM can be performed in diffraction mode. The recent developments in 3D electron diffraction methods make structure determination from nano- and micron-sized crystals much easier than before. However, due to the strong interactions, electrons can be scattered multiple times through the crystal, causing the measured intensities to be less accurate than that in the X-ray case.

    In this thesis, we use the continuous rotation electron diffraction (cRED) developed in our group to investigate the structure of materials and the accuracy of this method. In the third chapter, we use cRED method to determine the structure of two aluminophosphate zeolites, PST-13 and PST-14. We presented that these structures can be built from two pairs of enantiomeric structural building units. In the fourth chapter, we show that despite the inaccuracy in measured intensities originated from dynamical effect, it is still possible to determine the structure accurately. We show that the atomic coordinates of ZSM-5 and sucrose crystal structure determined by multiple electron diffraction datasets is identical to that determined from X-ray data or neutron data. We also assessed the linearity between calculated structure factor and observed structure factor and use this as a coarse assessment indicator for diffraction data quality for protein crystals.

    Apart from atomic structure, mesoscale structures, such as mesopores, can also determine the property of materials. For the 3D structures of these nanoscale structures, we can also use TEM electron tomography techniques to investigate. In chapter five, we performed electron tomography for two different materials with mesoporous structure and illustrated the formation mechanism of mesoporous magnesium carbonate and the internal tunnel structure of hierarchical TS-1 zeolite.

  • 2018. Junzhong Lin (et al.). Catalysis communications 115, 82-86

    Hierarchical MFI zeolites with open pores were synthesized by a temperature programmed dissolution-recrystallization post-treatment. By controlling the temperature of post-treatment using TPAOH, open macropores and mesopores were created by simply regulating the kinetics of dissolution and recrystallization. Benzyl alcohol self-etherification reaction, which only occurs in micropores, was tested on ZSM-5 to understand the effect of hierarchical pore system. The catalytic activity of hierarchical TS-1 was tested with cyclohexanone ammoximation. Hierarchical ZSM-5 and TS-1 zeolites with open pores showed higher catalytic activity compared with both hollow and conventional ones. The increased catalytic activities can be ascribed to the enhanced diffusion.

  • 2018. Junzhong Lin (et al.). Chemistry - A European Journal 24 (56), 14974-14981

    Zeolites have been widely used in various fields in industry, such as catalysis, separation, and adsorption, etc. The small pore size of the micropores in the zeolite could lead to severe diffusion resistance in mass transfer. Numerous efforts have been dedicated to imposing hierarchical pore systems into zeolites by using templates or leaching methods. Here, we report the synthesis of single‐crystalline hierarchical shell‐like ZSM‐5 by utilizing a dissolution–recrystallization post‐treatment on mesoporous ZSM‐5. Tetrapropylammonium hydroxide solution was used in the post‐treatment. The hierarchical porosity in the crystalline shell can be controlled by adding sodium cations into the synthesis system. The hierarchical shell‐like ZSM‐5 reported here shows higher catalytic activity in acetalization reactions containing bulky molecules.

  • 2018. Yunchen Wang (et al.). Journal of applied crystallography 51, 1094-1101

    The continuous rotation electron diffraction (cRED) method has the capability of providing fast three-dimensional electron diffraction data collection on existing and future transmission electron microscopes; unknown structures could be potentially solved and refined using cRED data collected from nano-and submicrometre-sized crystals. However, structure refinements of cRED data using SHELXL often lead to relatively high R1 values when compared with those refined against single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. It is therefore necessary to analyse the quality of the structural models refined against cRED data. In this work, multiple cRED data sets collected from different crystals of an oxofluoride (FeSeO3F) and a zeolite (ZSM-5) with known structures are used to assess the data consistency and quality and, more importantly, the accuracy of the structural models refined against these data sets. An evaluation of the precision and consistency of the cRED data by examination of the statistics obtained from the data processing software DIALS is presented. It is shown that, despite the high R1 values caused by dynamical scattering and other factors, the refined atomic positions obtained from the cRED data collected for different crystals are consistent with those of the reference models refined against single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The results serve as a reference for the quality of the cRED data and the achievable accuracy of the structural parameters.

  • Article PST-29
    2018. Hwajun Lee (et al.). Chemistry of Materials 30 (19), 6619-6623
  • 2018. Seungwan Seo (et al.). Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57 (14), 3727-3732

    Herein we report the synthesis and structures of two new small-pore aluminophosphate molecular sieves PST-13 and PST-14 with mutually connected 8-ring channels. The structure of PST-13, synthesized using diethylamine as an organic structure-directing agent, contains penta-coordinated framework Al atoms bridged by hydroxy groups and thus edge-sharing 3- and 5-rings. Upon calcination, PST-13 undergoes a transformation to PST-14 with loss of bridging hydroxy groups and occluded organic species. The structures of both materials consist nonjointly of pairs of previously undiscovered 1,5- and 1,6-open double 4-rings (d4rs) which are mirror images of each other. We also present a series of novel chemically feasible hypothetical structures built from 1-open d4r (sti) or 1,3-open d4r (nsc) units, as well as from these two enantiomeric structural building units.

  • 2016. Ocean Cheung (et al.). RSC Advances 6 (78), 74241-74249

    The structure of mesoporous magnesium carbonate (MMC) first presented in 2013 is investigated using a bottom-up approach. MMC is found to be built from the aggregation of nanoparticles of amorphous MgCO3 and MgO with a coating of amorphous MgCO3. The nanoparticles have dimensions of approximately 2-5 nm as observed using transmission electron microscopy and the aggregation of the particles creates the pore structure of MMC. We further show that the average pore diameter of MMC can be controlled by varying the temperature during the powder formation process and demonstrate that altering the pore size opens the possibility to tune the amorphous phase stabilisation properties that MMC exerts on poorly soluble drug compounds. Specifically, we show the loading and release of the antifungal drug itraconazole using MMC as a drug carrier.

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Last updated: June 2, 2020

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