Prof. He TIAN



Dean of School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
Academician of Chinese Academy of Science
Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: Room 303, Researching Building 13
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  • Office Phone: +86 21 642 52756
  • Office Fex: +86 21 642 52756


  • 1989.01 Ph.D. Applied Chemistry, East China University of Science &
  •                         Technology, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • 1986.07 M.Sc. Physics, East China University of Science & Technology
  •                         Shanghai, P. R. China
  • 1982.07 Eng.  Organic Chemistry, Nanjing University of Science & Technology
  •                         Nanjing, P. R. China

Group Members


Dr. Lei Zou

Dr. Ping Zhao

Dr. Jing Li

Dr. Junji Zhang

Research Interests

  • Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Machines & Switches, Photochromic Materials
  • Organic Electronic and Optical Functional Materials: OLED, Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
  • Fluorescence Sensors

  • Synthesis of Novel Functional Organic Dyes and Polymers

Professional Experience

  • 2011-now    Selected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciencel
  • 2001             Sabbatical at The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, California, USA
  • 2000             Sabbatical,  supported by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  •                      Max  Planck Institute of Polymer Research, Mainz, GERMANY
  • 1999-now    Appointed as Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor, the Education Ministry of China

                         East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, CHINA

  • 1996             National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China
  •                      East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, CHINA
  • 1994-now    Full professor and director of the Institute of Fine Chemicals

                         East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, CHINA

  • 1991-1993    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

                         Siegen University, GERMANY


1.  Sun, R. Y.; Xue, C. M.; Ma X., Gao, M.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Li, Q.* (2013): Light-Driven Linear Helical Supramolecular Polymer Formed by Molecular-Recognition-Directed Self-Assembly of Bis(p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene) and Pseudorotaxane. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135: 5990-5993.

2.  Ying, Y. -L.; Zhang, J. J.; Meng, F. –N.; Cao, C.; Yao, X. Y.; Willner, I.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Long, Y. –T.* (2013): A Stimuli-Responsive Nanopore Based on a Photoresponsive Host-Guest System. Sci. Rep., 3: DOI: 10.1038/srep01662.

3.  Zhang, J. J.; Zou, Q.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2013): Photochromic Materials: More Than Meets The Eyes. Adv. Mater., 25: 378-399.

4.  Wu, X. M.; Chang, S.; Sun, X. R.; Guo, Z. Q.; Li, Y. S.*; Tang, J. B.*; Shen, Y. Q.; Shi, J. L.; Tian, H. and Zhu, W. H.* (2013): Constructing NIR silica-cyanine hybrid nanocomposite for bioimaging in vivo: a breakthrough in photo-stability and bright fluorescence with large Stokes shift. Chem. Sci., 4: 1221-1228.

5.  Chen, S. J.; Chen, L. –J.; Yang, H. –B.*; Tian, H. and Zhu, W. H.* (2012): Light-Triggered Reversible Supramolecular Transformations of Multi-Bisthienylethene Hexagons. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134: 13596-13599.

6.  Mao, J. Y.; He, N. N.; Ning, Z. J.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, F. L.; Chen, L.; Wu, W. J.; Hua, J. L.* and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2012): Stable Dyes Containing Double Acceptors without COOH as Anchors for Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51: 9873-9876.

7.  Qin, L. –X.; Li, Y.; Li, D. –W.; Jing, C.; Chen, B. –Q.; Ma, W.; Heyman, A.; Shoseyov, O.; Willner, I.; Tian, H. and Long, Y. –T.* (2012): Electrodeposition of Single-Metal Nanoparticles on Stable Protein 1 Membranes: Application of Plasmonic Sensing by Single Nanoparticles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51: 140-144.

8.  Zhang, J. J.; Riskin, M.; Freeman, R.; Tel-Vered, R.; Balogh, D.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Willner, I.* (2011): Electrochemically Triggered Au Nanoparticles "Sponges" for the Controlled Uptake and Release of a Photoisomerizable Dithienylethene Guest Substrate. ACS Nano, 5: 5936-5944.

9.  Zhu, W. H.; Wu, Y. Z.; Wang, S. T.; Li, W. Q.; Li, X.; Chen, J.; Wang, Z. –S.* and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2011): Organic D-A-pi-A Solar Cell Sensitizers with Improved Stability and Spectral Response. Adv. Funct. Mater., 21: 756-763.

10.  Cheng, L. –Y.; Long, Y. –T.; Kraatz, H. –B. and Tian, H. (2011): Evaluation of an immobilized artificial carbonic anhydrase model for CO2 sequestration. Chem. Sci., 2: 1515-1518.

11.  Zhu, W. H.*; Yang, Y. H.; Metivier, R.; Zhang, Q.; Guillot, R.; Xie, Y. S.; Tian, H. and Nakatani, K.* (2011): Unprecedented Stability of a Photochromic Bisthienylethene Based on Benzobisthiadiazole as an Ethene Bridge. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50: 10986-10990.

12.  Zhang, Z. Y.; Xu, B.; Su, J. H.; Shen, L. P.; Xie, Y. S. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2011): Color-Tunable Solid-State Emission of 2,2-Biindenyl-Based Fluorophores. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50: 11654-11657.

13.  Qu, D. –H.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2011): Novel and efficient templates for assembly of rotaxanes and catenanes. Chem. Sci., 2: 1011-1015.

14.  Kim, H. N.; Guo, Z. Q.; Zhu, W. H.; Yoon, J.* and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2011): Recent progress on polymer-based fluorescent and colorimetric chemosensors. Chem. Soc. Rev., 40: 79-93.

15.  Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2010): Data Processing on a Unimolecular Platform. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49: 4710-4712.

16.  Ma, X.; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2010): Bright Functional Rotaxanes. Chem. Soc. Rev., 39: 70-80.

17.  Ning, Z. J.; Chen, Z.; Zhang, Q.; Yan, Y. L.; Qian, S. X.; Cao, Y. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2007): Aggregation-induced emission (AIE)-active starburst triarylamine fluorophores as potential non-doped red emitters for organic light-emitting diodes and Cl-2 gas chemodosimeter. Adv. Funct. Mater., 17: 3799-3807.

18.  Credi, A.*; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2007): Big Challenges for Tiny Machines. Adv. Funct. Mater., 17: 679-682.

19.  Ma, X.; Wang, Q. C.; Qu, D. H.; Xu, Y.; Ji, F. Y. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2007): A light-driven pseudo[4]rotaxane encoded by induced circular dichroism in a hydrogel. Adv. Funct. Mater., 17: 829-837.

20.  Guo, Z. Q.; Zhu, W. H.*; Shen, L. J. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2007): A Fluorophore Capable of Crossword Puzzles and Logic Memory. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46: 5549-5553.

21.  Qu, D. –H.; Ji, F. –Y.; Wang, Q. –C. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2006): A Double INHIBIT Logic Gate Employing Configuration and Fluorescence Changes. Adv. Mater., 18: 2035-2038.

22.  Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Wang, Q. C. (2006): Recent Progress on Switchable Rotaxanes. Chem. Soc. Rev., 35: 361-374.

23.  Yuan, W. F.; Sun, L.; Tang, H. H.; Wen, Y. Q.; Jiang, G.; Huang, W.; Jiang, L.; Song, Y. L.*; Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Zhu, D. B. (2005): A novel thermally stable spironaphthoxazine and its application in rewritable high density optical data storage. Adv. Mater., 17: 156-160.

24.  Qu, D. H.; Wang, Q. C. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2005): A Half Adder Based on a Photochemically Driven [2]Rotaxane. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 44: 5296-5299.

25.  Tian, H.* (corresponding author) and Yang, S. J. (2004): Recent Progresses on Diarylethene Based Photochromic Switches. Chem. Soc. Rev., 33: 85-97.

26.  Wang, Q. C.; Qu, D. H.; Ren, J.; Chen, K. C. and Tian, H.* (corresponding author) (2004): A Lockable Light-Driven Molecular Shuttle with a Fluorescent Signal. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43: 2661-2665.

27.  Tian, H.* (corresponding author); Qin, B.; Yao, R. X.; Zhao, X. L.; Yang, S. J. (2003): A Single Photochromic Molecular Switch with Four Optical Outputs Probing Four Inputs. Adv. Mater., 15: 2104-2107.

28.  Tian, H.* (corresponding author); Chen, B. Z.; Tu, H. Y.; Müllen, K. (2002): Novel Bisthienylethene-based Photochromic Tetraazaporphyrin with Photoregulating Luminescence. Adv. Mater., 14: 918-923.

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