Department of Chemistry
Part of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and member of WestCHEM
Dr Deliang Long


Born in Hunan, China, I obtained my BSc (1983) and MSc (1986) degrees in Chemistry from Wuhan University and completed my PhD (1996) on cluster materials and optical nonlinearity under the supervision of Professor Xin-Quan Xin at Nanjing University. I was appointed as a Teaching Assitant (1986-1988) and Lecturer (1989-1993) in Hubei University and a Research Assistant Professor in Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1996-1998), where I was promoted to Associate Professor (Oct. 1998). I was awarded the Royal Society KC Wong Fellowship and moved to the University of Nottingham in 1999 working with Professor Martin Schröder on the project of coordination polymers and chemical topology. In 2002 I joined Professor Lee Cronin's group at the University of Birmingham and soon moved to University of Glasgow where I was promoted to Senior Research Fellow (Grade 9) in 2008. I am member of RSC, ACS and IUCr. My current research interests are in polyoxometalates, inorganic synthesis, coordination chemistry, cluster based materials and chemical crystallogaphy.

Research Group Pages

Selected Recent Publications

1. Polyoxometalates: Building Blocks for Functional Nanoscale Systems. De-Liang Long, Ryo Tsunashima, Leroy Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1736-1758.

2. Unveiling the Transient Template in the Self-Assembly of a Molecular Oxide Nanowheel. Haralampos N. Miras, Geoffrey J. T. Cooper, De-Liang Long, Hartmut Bögge, Achim Müller, Carsten Streb, Leroy Cronin, Science 2010, 327, 72-74.

3. Face-directed self-assembly of an electronically active Archimedean polyoxometalate architecture. Scott G. Mitchell, Carsten Streb, Haralampos N. Miras, Thomas Boyd, De-Liang Long & Leroy Cronin, Nat. Chem. 2010, 2, 308-312.

4. Discovery of Heteroatom-"Embedded" Te subset of {W18O54} Nanofunctional Polyoxometalates by Use of Cryospray Mass Spectrometry. Jun Yan, De-Liang Long, Elizabeth F. Wilson, and Leroy Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 4376-4380.

5. Synthesis of Modular "Inorganic-Organic-Inorganic" Polyoxometalates and Their Assembly into Vesicles. Chullikkattil P. Pradeep, Mauricio F. Misdrahi, Feng-Yan Li, Jie Zhang, Lin Xu, De-Liang Long, Tianbo Liu, Leroy Cronin. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 8309-8313.

6. Micropatterned Surfaces with Covalently Grafted Unsymmetrical Polyoxometalate-Hybrid Clusters Lead to Selective Cell Adhesion. Yu-Fei Song, Nicola McMillan, De-Liang Long, Struan Kane, Jakob Malm, Mathis O Riehle, Chullikkattil P. Pradeep, Nikolaj Gadegaard, and Leroy Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 1340-1341.

7. "Bottom-Up" Meets "Top-Down" Assembly in Nanoscale Polyoxometalate Clusters: Self-Assembly of [P4W52O178](24-) and Disassembly to [P3W39O134](19-). Chullikkattil P. Pradeep, De-Liang Long, Carsten Streb, and Leroy Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 14946-14946.

8. Structural Evolution of "S"-Shaped [H4W22O74](12-) and "§"-Shaped [H10W34O116](18-) Isopolyoxotungstate Clusters. Haralampos N. Miras, Jun Yan, De-Liang Long, and Leroy Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 8420-8423.

9. Unravelling the complexities of polyoxometalates in solution using mass spectrometry: Protonation versus heteroatom inclusion. De-Liang Long, Streb, C.; Song, Y. F.; Mitchell, S.; Leroy Cronin, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 1830-1832.

10. Capture of periodate in a {W18O54} cluster cage yielding a catalytically active polyoxometalate [H3W18O56(IO6)](6-) embedded with high-valent iodine. De-Liang Long, Yu-Fei Song, Elizabeth F. Wilson, Paul Kgerler, Si-Xuan Guo, Alan M. Bond, Justin S. J. Hargreaves, and Leroy Cronin, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 4384-4387.

Full Publication List


Recent Research Talks

The 40th IUPAC Congress, Beijing, China, Aug. 2005.

UK Macrocyles & Supramolecular Chemistry Group and Coordination Chemistry Annual Meeting, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Dec. 2006.

Structural and Materials Seminar, WestChem, Glasgow University, Mar. 2007.

American Chemical Society 234th annual meeting, Boston, USA, Aug. 2007.

China National Structural Chemistry Conference , Fuzhou, China. Oct, 2007.

Structural and Materials Seminar, WestChem, Glasgow University, Nov. 2007.

European Cost D40 WG1 “Innovative Catalysis in Oxidation Reactions ", Tarragona, Spain. May, 2008.

Polyoxometalate Symposium, Bremen, Germany, July, 2009.

The 42nd IUPAC Congress, Glasgow, UK, Aug. 2009.

China National Polyoxometalate Meeting, Fuzhou, China, Oct 2009.

Research Area


Ligand desgin and metal complexes

Cluster synthesis and properties

Coordination polymers and chemical topology

Chemical crystallography.

Department of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Room: A4-15
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 5437
Fax: +44 (0) 141 330 4888
Email: longd@chem.gla.ac.uk