• Ph.D. (2003)

    Inorganic Chemistry

    , Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

  • M.Sc. (1999)

    Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry

    Chemistry, Zanjan university, Zanjan, Iran

  • B.Sc. (1995)


    , Tarbiat Moallem (kharazmi), Tehran, Iran

  • Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • Supramolecular Nanochemistry

    Dr. Ali Morsali was born in the Hidaj, Zanjan, Iran. He attended Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran and earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry. He received his MS degree in Inorganic Chemistry in Zanjan University, Zanjan. He then attended graduate school at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran and earned his Ph.D. in 2003 and he began his independent career at the Tarbiat Modares University where he has been a Professor in the Department of Chemistry since 2012. In 2016, he passed six months as a sabbatical period in Prof. Hupp and Prof. Farha group, Northwestern University. He also passed the other six months as a sabbatical period in Prof. Omar Yaghi group, Berkeley in 2017. His research interests are primarily in the area of inorganic chemistry, coordination polymers and metalorganic frameworks.


    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Metal–organic frameworks based on multicarboxylate linkers

    Hosein Ghasempour, Kun-Yu Wang, Joshua A Powell, Farnoosh ZareKarizi, Xiu-Liang Lv, Ali Morsali, Hong-Cai Zhou
    Journal Paper , Volume 426 , 2021 January 1, {Pages 213542 }


    When designing metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), linker design is one of the most important factors in constructing a wide variety of structures. Judicious choice of linker size, geometry, and connectivity can create diverse structures and topologies, which can aid in the quest to design MOFs with both high stability and permanent porosity. Multi-connected linkers have become a focus in the MOF community, as high connectivity can improve stability and tunability of frameworks. In particular, multicarboxylate ligands have been reported extensively in the literature to construct stable MOFs with versatile pore environments, which can be termed as metal-multicarboxylate frameworks (MMCFs). These structures have great application potential in

    High performance of ultrasonic-assisted synthesis of two spherical polymers for enantioselective catalysis

    Zahra Sharifzadeh, Kayhaneh Berijani, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperUltrasonics Sonochemistry , 2021 February 20, {Pages 105499 }


    Chiral polymers have aroused great attention in among chiral supramolecular materials based on their features. Herein, for the first time, the synthesis of chiral polymeric composites (CMNPs/1,4-Zbtb &1,3-Zbtb) have been reported with entrapment through three strategies: ultrasonic irradiation, solvothermal, and mechanical stirring. According to the obtained results, it is found that ultrasound-assisted synthesis can be considered as an inexpensive and efficient method than the others, from the point of?view?of energy and time consuming. In this strategy, encapsulation of chiral magnetic nanoparticles (CMNPs) by using tetrazole-based polymers (Zbtbs) happens, in-situly. These chiral sphere-like inorganic-organic polymers can be considered a

    Metal-organic framework composites as green/sustainable catalysts

    Kuan-Guan Liu, Zahra Sharifzadeh, Farzaneh Rouhani, Massomeh Ghorbanloo, Ali Morsali
    Journal Paper , Volume 436 , 2021 June 1, {Pages 213827 }


    Porous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have always been of interest to scientists in all fields of chemistry since their introduction. Due to their brilliant characteristic features, MOFs have been employed in various applications, especially as heterogeneous catalysts. The composite method is among the most important and practical approaches to optimize the performance of MOFs as a catalyst. Combination of MOFs with selected materials provides many benefits for the newly formed compounds (MOF composites) including the synergistic effect that has a vital role in catalysis applications, and elimination of the obstacles associated with the use of bare MOFs. However, environmental hazards should be considered during the synthesis and process

    PMo12@ UiO-67 nanocomposite as a novel non-leaching catalyst with enhanced performance durability for sulfur removal from liquid fuels with exceptionally diluted oxidant

    Reza Abazari, Leili Esrafili, Ali Morsali, Yuhang Wu, Junkuo Gao
    Journal PaperApplied Catalysis B: Environmental , Volume 283 , 2021 April , {Pages 119582 }


    In the present study, Keggin-type phosphomolybdic acid (H3PMo12O40) was encapsulated in a sized-matched Zirconium metal-organic framework (PMo12@UiO-67) to be used as a heterogeneous catalyst for oxidative desulfurization. A proper cage size and narrow window of UiO-67 were exploited to avoid the phosphomolybdic acid leaching to provide a suitable platform for a majority of the sulfur compounds. The prepared composite demonstrated remarkable catalytic activity for ultra-deep oxidative desulfurization of 5 sulfur compounds under mild conditions. 37.50 ppm sulfur remained in the oil after 20 min and no sulfur compounds were detected after 30 min. The trapping experiments indicated no contribution of the radical scavenger to the desulfurizat

    Fabrication of Transparent Ultraviolet Blocking Films Using Nanocomposites Derived from Metal-Organic Frameworks

    Somayeh Tarasi, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperJournal of Alloys and Compounds , 2021 February 13, {Pages 158996 }


    This study has developed a novel approach to the design of nanocomposites derived from Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which are capable of absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In this work, two various nanocomposites namely ZnO/C and ZnO/C-W were obtained at 800 ?C from the TMU-21 in an argon and argon atmosphere saturated with water vapors, respectively. Water was used as a weak oxidizing agent to control the ratios of C to ZnO. This is a facile rout to adjust the properties of the obtained nanocomposites. The structure of these nanocomposites was determined by XRD, SEM, FTIR and elemental mapping analysis. Then, to investigate the optical properties of the obtained nanocomposites, two hybrid films were synthesized using poly (vinyl alco

    Simultaneous Presence of Open Metal Sites and Amine Groups on a 3D Dy(III)-Metal–Organic Framework Catalyst for Mild and Solvent-Free Conversion of CO2 to?…

    Reza Abazari, Soheila Sanati, Ali Morsali, Alexander M Kirillov, Alexandra MZ Slawin, Cameron L Carpenter-Warren
    Journal PaperInorganic Chemistry , Volume 60 , Issue 3, 2021 January 15, {Pages 2056-2067 }


    Carbon dioxide (CO2) fixation to generate chemicals and fuels is of high current importance, especially toward finding mild and efficient strategies for catalytic CO2 transformation to value added products. Herein, we report a novel Lewis acid–base bifunctional amine-functionalized dysprosium(III) metal–organic framework [Dy3(data)3?2DMF]?DMF (2,5-data: 2,5-diamino-terephthalate), NH2-TMU-73. This compound was fully characterized and its crystal structure reveals a 3D metal–organic framework (MOF) with micropores and free NH2 groups capable of promoting the chemical fixation of CO2 to cyclic carbonates. NH2-TMU-73 is built from the Dy(III) centers and data2– blocks, which are arranged into an intricate underlying net with a rare typ

    Stable supercapacitor electrode based on two-dimensional high nucleus silver nano-clusters as a green energy source

    Jing Zhuge, Farzaneh Rouhani, Fahime Bigdeli, Xue-Mei Gao, Hamed Kaviani, Hong-Jing Li, Wei Wang, Mao-Lin Hu, Kuan-Guan Liu, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperDalton Transactions , Volume 50 , Issue 7, 2021 January , {Pages 2606-2615 }


    Atomically precise silver nanoclusters (Ag-NCs) are known as a hot research area owing to their brilliant features and they have attracted an immense amount of research attention over the last year. There is a lack of sufficient understanding about the Ag-NC synthesis mechanisms that result in optimal silver nanoclusters with an appropriate size, shape, and morphology. In addition, the coexisting flexible coordination of silver ions, the argentophilic interactions, and coordination bonds result in a high level of sophistication in the self-assembly process. Furthermore, the expansion of clusters by the organic ligand to form a high dimensional structure could be very interesting and useful for novel applications in particular. In this study

    New 3D Porous Silver Nanopolycluster as a Highly Effective Supercapacitor Electrode: Synthesis and Study of the Optical and Electrochemical Properties

    Qing-Shi Wu, Fahime Bigdeli, Farzaneh Rouhani, Xue-Mei Gao, Hamed Kaviani, Hong-Jing Li, Wei Wang, Kuan-Guan Liu, Mao-Lin Hu, Xiao-Qing Cai, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperInorganic Chemistry , Volume 60 , Issue 3, 2021 January 20, {Pages 1523-1532 }


    A high-nucleus silver nanopolycluster as a new type of silver-based polymer supercapacitor (SSc) by a simple and single-step synthesis process was designed and synthesized. The structural, optical, and electrochemical properties of SSc-2 were determined. This highly stable conductive 3D nanopolycluster shows great cycling stability, large capacity, and high energy density without any modification or doping process and so acts as an excellent SSc (412 F g–1 at 1.5 A g–1). In addition, there was a stable cycling performance (94% capacitance) following 7000 cycles at 3 A g–1 current density. The presence of fluorinated groups, 3D expansion of high-nucleus metallic clusters, and porosity are the advantages of SSc-2 that lead to stability

    Synthesis of Polycarboxylate Rhodium (II) Metal-Organic Polyhedra (MOPs) and their use as Building Blocks for Highly Connected Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)

    Thais Grancha, Arnau Carne-Sanchez, Farnoosh Zarekarizi, Laura Hernandez-Lopez, Jorge Albalad, Akim Khobotov, Vincent Guillerm, Ali Morsali, Judith Juanhuix, Felipe Gandara, Inhar Imaz, Daniel Maspoch
    Journal PaperANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION , Volume 60 , Issue 11, 2021 March 8, {Pages 5729-5733 }


    Use of preformed metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) as supermolecular building blocks (SBBs) for the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remains underexplored due to lack of robust functionalized MOPs. Herein we report the use of polycarboxylate cuboctahedral Rh-II-MOPs for constructing highly-connected MOFs. Cuboctahedral MOPs were functionalized with carboxylic acid groups on their 12 vertices or 24 edges through coordinative or covalent post-synthetic routes, respectively. We then used each isolated polycarboxylate Rh-II-MOP as 12-c cuboctahedral or 24-c rhombicuboctahedral SBBs that, upon linkage with metallic secondary building units (SBUs), afford bimetallic highly-connected MOFs. The assembly of a pre-synthesized 12-c SBB with

    High specific capacitance of a 3D-metal–organic framework-confined growth in CoMn 2 O 4 nanostars as advanced supercapacitor electrode materials

    Reza Abazari, Soheila Sanati, Ali Morsali, Deepak P Dubal
    Journal PaperJournal of Materials Chemistry A , Volume 9 , Issue 17, 2021 January , {Pages 11001-11012 }


    In the presence of fossil fuels, several environmental concerns, such as energy shortage, environmental pollution, and global warming may occur in the present century. In this respect, supercapacitors have been introduced as green energy storage systems playing a central role in providing a sustainable human society. In this work, an advanced strategy was initially demonstrated through various synergistic effects to synthesize cobalt(II) metal–organic framework#CoMn2O4 nanocomposites (Co(II)-TMU-63#CoMn2O4 NCPs) having interfaces adapted at tunable chemical nanocomposites for hybrid supercapacitors. The given NCPs showed excellent electrochemical performance at 7 A g−1 current density endowed with a specific capacity of 156 mA h g−1 (

    Radiochromic Hydrogen‐Bonded Organic Frameworks for X‐Ray Detection

    Tian-Fu Liu, Mojtaba Khanpour, Wen-Zhou Deng, Zhi-Bin Fang, Yu-Lin Li, Qi Yin, An-An Zhang, Farzaneh Rouhani, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperChemistry–A European Journal , 2021 April 21, {Pages }


    Porous materials have been investigated as efficient photochromic platforms for detecting hazardous radiation, while the utilization of hydrogen bonded‐organic frameworks (HOFs) in this field has remained intact. Herein, two HOFs were synthesized through self‐assembly of tetratopic viologen ligand and formic acid (PFC‐25, PFC‐26), as a new class of “all‐organic” radiochromic smart materials, opening a gate for HOFs in this desired field. PFC‐26 is active upon both X‐rays and UV light, while PFC‐25 is only active upon X‐rays. The same building block yet different radiochromic behaviors of PFC‐25 and PFC‐26 allow us to gain a deep mechanistic understanding of the factors that control the detection specificity. Theore

    A pillared metal-organic framework with rich π-electron linkers as a novel fluorescence probe for the highly selective and sensitive detection of nitroaromatics

    Fahimeh Dehghani Firuzabadi, Mohammad Amin Alavi, Farnoosh Zarekarizi, Alireza Azhdari Tehrani, Ali Morsali
    Journal PaperColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects , 2021 April 20, {Pages 126631 }


    Fast and selective recognition of nitro explosives (NEs) is an emerging issue of interest. Among different detection systems, pillared metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) demonstrated high applicability in the detection of NEs. A novel pillar-layered MOF, specifically {[Zn2(2,6-NDC)2(dabco)].7DMF?3H2O} (TMU-14) were synthesized by solvothermal reaction of Zn(II) nitrate hexahydrate, 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid (2,6-NDC) as the O-donor ligand and 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) as the N-donor ligand. This MOF was characterized through Single Crystal X-ray crystallography. This study demonstrated that TMU-14 with a 3D layered structure and a suitable pore window of 10.933?A˚ was an efficient luminescent sensory material through host-g

    Mechanochemical solid state architectonics on Lead (II) coordination polymer by anion-exchange

    GY Yan, YN Zhao, L Hashemi, F Bigdeli, ZJ Qian, LP Qiao, KG Liu, ...
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    Engineering cobalt-based nanoparticles encapsulated in hierarchical porous N-doped carbon as an efficient electrode for Li storage

    S Javadian, Z Parviz, P Salimi, M Nasrollahpour, H Gharibi, H Kashani, ...
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    Metal-Organic Frameworks with Heterogeneous Structures

    A Morsali, K Berijani
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    Sono-synthesis of basic metal-organic framework for reusable catalysis of organic reactions in the eco-friendly conditions

    P Abdolalian, A Morsali, SK Tizhoush
    Journal Paper , , {Pages }


    Highly Sensitive Amine Functionalized Metal-organic Framework For Selective Fluorometric Determination of Cr (III) in Aqueous Solution

    M Abbasi-Azad, F Rouhani, A Morsali
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    Chiral metal–organic frameworks based on asymmetric synthetic strategies and applications

    Z Sharifzadeh, K Berijani, A Morsali
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    Crystal structures and evaluated of structural transformations of three novel Lead (II) halide/pseudohalide coordination polymers: Effect of sonochemical synthesis conditions …

    L Aboutorabi, A Morsali
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    Two new Cu (II) complexes based on 5‐fluorouracil‐1‐yl acetic acid and N‐donor ligands: Investigation of their interaction with DNA and anticancer activity

    YH Xi, X Yan, F Bigdeli, Q Zhang, L Esrafili, Y Hanifehpour, WB Zhang, ...
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    Current Teaching

    • MS.c.

      Advanced Topics in Chemistry

    • Ph.D.

      Chemistry of Macromolecules and Nano chemistry

    Teaching History

    • MS.c.

      Advanced Topics in Chemistry

    • Ph.D.

      Chemistry of Macromolecules and Nano chemistry

    • 1981
      kayhaneh, Berijani
    • 1981
      farzaneh, Rouhani
    • 1981
      Lida, Hashemi
    • 1981
      masoumeh, chamack
    • 1981
      reza, abazari
    • 2019
      Synthesis of porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) contains of bi-functionl carboxylate linkers and their catalytic functions
    • 2015
      Tarasi, Somayeh
      Synthesis and characterization of new nano Metal-Organic Frameworks with amine ad imine functional group Pillar and study of the structural, luminescence, gas adsorption and drug delivery.
    • 2018
      Sharifzadeh, Zahra
    • 2019
      Piroozzadeh, Maryam
    • 2019
      Habibi Shabestari, Behnam
    • .Distinguished collegian of country, Tarbiat Modares University, 2001,Tehran, Iran
    • 21th Khwarizmi International Award, Feb. 5th, 2008, Tehran, Iran
    • Best Book of 2010 as "Superamolecules nano chemistry
    • Distinguished Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (Selected of Iranian Chemical Society)
    • Distinguished Researcher Award in Nano Technology festival, 2009, Tehran, Iran
    • Distinguished researcher of Nano Technology Association, 2011, Tehran, Iran
    • Distinguished researcher of Nano Technology Association, 2012, Tehran, Iran
    • Elected scholar of Islamic Countries in 2009
    • Fifth place award in Nano Technology festival, 2017, Tehran, Iran
    • First place award in Nano Technology festival, 2011, Tehran, Iran
    • First place award in Nano Technology festival, 2012, Tehran, Iran
    • Forth place award in Nano Technology festival, 2015, Tehran, Iran
    • ISI elected scholar in 2010 until now
    • Second place award in Nano Technology festival, 2010, Tehran, Iran
    • Second place award in Nano Technology festival, 2013, Tehran, Iran
    • The most cited Iranian author of the 2011in international profile and selected Iranian Ministry of Science and Technology
    • Third place award in Nano Technology festival, 2014, Tehran, Iran
    • Third place award in Nano Technology festival, 2016, Tehran, Iran
    • Third place award in Nano Technology festival, 2019, Tehran, Iran
    • TWAS Prize’ winner
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