Dr. Jie Ling

An Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ling has a close collaborative relationship with scientists from both the industry and academia.


Dr. Ling received his B.S. in chemistry from Wuhan University, China and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Auburn University, AL, US. Upon completion his Ph.D., Dr. Ling worked at University of Notre Dame, IN, as a postdoctoral associate. Before joining Claflin University as a faculty member, he had worked at National Gypsum and Rockwood Lithium over four years. 


  • Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US
  • B.S. in Chemistry from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of various inorganic or inorganic-organic hybrid materials, including magnetic nanoparticles, non-linear optical crystals, metal organic framework, actinide bearing materials, and industrial minerals.
  • Characterization of inorganic materials using single crystal XRD and other analytical techniques, including powder XRD, elemental analysis (ICP-MS, EDS), vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis), thermal analysis (TGA, DSC), electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), and particle size analysis (microtrac, DLS), etc.
  • Investigation of the structure-related optical, electric, magnetic properties and study of the relationship between structure and property.
  • Development new separation methods for recovering useful industrial minerals, such as Li and U, and removing toxic (As, Cr) or radioactive elements (Tc99, I129, Cs133) from aqueous solution using nanomaterials and nanotechniques.
  • Study of the fundamental coordination chemistry of actinide elements (Th, U, Np) in both solid state and aqueous solution.

Activities and Honors

  • Best Graduate Research Poster, Auburn University, 2007
  • Graduate Travel Award, Auburn University, 2005
  • Baogang Graduate Student Award, Wuhan University, 2002
  • Renmin Undergraduate Student Scholarship, Wuhan University, 1997
  • National Scholarship of Analysis & Measurement, Analysis & Measurement Society of China, 1996
  • Runner-up of Intramural Soccer Tournament, Auburn University, 2005
  • Captain of Environmental Department Soccer Team, University of Notre Dame, 2009-2011
  • Board Member of Chemistry Graduate Student Association, Auburn University, 2005-2006
  • Vice President of Chinese Student & Scholars Organization, Auburn University, 2004-2005

Recent Publications

  • J. Ling, F. HobbsS. Prendergast, P. Adelani, J. Babo, J. Qiu, Z. Weng, P. C Burns, “Hybrid Uranium–Transition-Metal Oxide Cage Clusters” Inorg. Chem. 53 (2014) 12877
  • J. Qiu, J. Ling, L. Jouffret, R. Thomas, J.E.S. Szymanowski, P.C. Burns, “Water-soluble multi-cage super tetrahedral uranyl peroxide phosphate clusters” Chem. Sci. 5 (2014) 303
  • J. Ling, M. OzgaM. Stoffer, P. C. Burns, “Uranyl peroxide pyrophosphate cage clusters with oxalate and nitrate bridges” Dalton Trans. 41 (2012) 7278
  • J. Qiu, J. Ling, A. Sui, J.E.S. Szymanovski, A. Simonetti, P. C. Burns, “Time-resolved self-assembly of fullerene-topology core-shell cluster containing 68 uranyl polyhedra” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 1810
  • J. Ling, J. Qiu, J. E. S. Szymanovski, P. C. Burns, “Low-symmetry uranyl pyrophosphate cage clusters” Chem.- Eur. J. 17 (2011) 2571
  • J. Ling, J. Qiu, G. E. Sigmon, M. Ward, P. C. Burns, “Uranium pyrophosphate and diphosphonate polyoxametalates” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 13395
  • S. Wang, E. Alekseev, J. Ling, G. Liu, W. Depmeier, T. Albrecht-Schmitt, “Polarity and chirality in uranyl borates: insights into understanding the vitrification of nuclear waste and the development of nonlinear optical materials” Chem. Mater. 22 (2010) 2155
  • J. Ling, C. Wallace, J. E. S. Szymanovski, P. C. Burns, “Hybrid uranium-oxalate fullerene topology polyoxometalates” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 49 (2010) 7271 (hottest paper selected by Wiley-VCH)
  • S. Wang, E. V. Alekseev, J. Ling, S. Skanthakumar, L. Soderholm, W. Depmier, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt, “Neptunium diverges sharply from uranium and plutonium in crystalline borate matrixes: Insights into the complex behavior of the early actinide relevant to nuclear waste storage”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 49 (2010) 1263 (selected as inside cover art)
  • J. Ling, S. Wu, F. Chen, J. T. Shafer, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt, “Does iodate incorporate into layered uranyl phosphates during hydrothermal crystallization? ”, Inorg. Chem. 48 (2009) 10995
  • G. E. Sigmom, J. Ling, D. K. Unruh, M. Ward, P.C. Burns, “Uranyl-peroxide interactions favor nano-cluster assembly” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (2009) 16648
  • G. E. Sigmom, D. K. Unruh, J. Ling, B. Weaver, M. Ward, P.C. Burns, “Symmetry vs minimal pentagonal adjacencies in uranium-based polyoxometalate fullerene topologies”, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 48 (2009) 2737 (highlighted by Nature)
  • J. Ling, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt, “Intercalation of iodic acid into the layered uranyl iodate, UO2(IO3)2(H2O)”, Inorg. Chem. 46 (2007) 346
  • J. Ling, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt, “Square-planar noble metal iodate [M(IO3)4]n- (M= PdII, AuIII; n=2,1) anions and their ability to form polar and centrosymmetric architectures”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 5 (2007) 652
  • Y. Liu, J. Ling, W. Li, X.G. Zhang, “Effective synthesis of carbon-coated Co and Ni naocrystallites with improved magnetic properties by AC arc discharge under an N2 atmosphere”, Nanotech. 15 (2004) 43
  • J. Ling, Y. Liu, G.M. Hao, X.G. Zhang, “Preparation of carbon-coated Co and Ni nanocrystallites by a modified AC arc discharge method”, Mater. Sci. and Eng. B 100 (2003) 186

Note: undergraduate co-authors are underlined and for full publication please check: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=pEyCqysAAAAJ&hl=en

Recent Presentations

  • “Behavior of actinide nanoclusters in aqueous solution and the effect on the environmental fate of nuclear waste” Tennessee Tech University, Chemistry Department, Cookeville, TN, Feb 26, 2015
  • “Mineralogy inspired uranyl peroxide cage nanoclusters - potential application in spent nuclear fuel Reprocessing”Colorado School of Mines, Nuclear Engineering, Golden, CO, April 24, 2012
  • “Transition metal incorporated uranyl peroxide polyoxometalates” 241th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 22, 2011
  • “Expansion of uranyl peroxide clusters through incorporating organic ligands” Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC, October 10, 2010
  • “Investigation of the possible reactions of iodate with actinides (U, Np, Pu) in spent nuclear fuels” 3rd International Workshop for Radionuclide ImmigrationPeking University, Beijing, China, October 13, 2008

Jie Ling
Dr. Jie Ling
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
MSRC 102