Prof. He TIAN





Vice President of Chinese Chemical Society

Academician of Chinese Academy of Science

Academician of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor

Contact Information


  • 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

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

  • 2019-now    Selected as Vice President of Chinese Chemical Society

  • 2011-now    Selected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Science

  • 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

Academic Services

   Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Editorial Board of Advanced Optical Materials, Science China Chemistry, International Advisory Board Member for Chemical Science, Polymer Chemistry and Dyes and Pigments.

Selected Recent Publications

1.Qi Zhang, Chen-Yu Shi, Da-Hui Qu*, Yi-Tao Long, Ben L. Feringa,* and He Tian*.Exploring a naturally tailored small molecule for stretchable, self-healing, and adhesive supramolecular polymers. Science Advance, 2018, 4(7), eaat8192.

2.Junji Zhang, Xianzhi Chai, Xiao-Peng He*, Hae-Jo Kim*, Juyoung Yoon* and He Tian, Fluorogenic probes for disease-relevant enzymes. Chemical Society Reviews, 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00907K.

3.Xiang Ma*, Chao Xu, Jie Wang and He Tian*. Heavy-Atom-Free Amorphous Pure Organic Polymers with Efficient Room-Temperature Phosphorescence Emission. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2018, 57, 10854-10858.

4.Dengfeng Li, Feifei Lu, Jie Wang, Wende Hu, Xiao-Ming Cao,Xiang Ma*and He Tian. Amorphous Metal-Free Room-Temperature Phosphorescent Small Molecules with Multicolor Photoluminescence via a Host-Guest and Dual-Emission Strategy.J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2018, 140, 1916-1923.

5.Youxin Fu, Hai-Hao Han, Junji Zhang,* Xiao-Peng He,* Ben L. Feringa, and He Tian*, Photocontrolled Fluorescence “Double-Check” Bioimaging Enabled by a Glycoprobe−Protein Hybrid. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 8671-8674.

6.Sujun Chen, Yichuan Wang, Ting Nie, Chunyan Bao*, Chenxi Wang, Tianyi Xu, Qiuning Lin, Da-Hui Qu*, Xueqing Gong, Yi Yang, Linyong Zhu*, and He Tian. An Artificial Molecular Shuttle Operates in Lipid Bilayers for Ion Transport. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 17992–17998.

7.Qi Zhang, Si-Jia Rao, Tao Xie, Xin Li, Tian-Yi Xu, Da-Wei Li, Da-Hui Qu*, Yi-Tao Long, He Tian*. Muscle-like Artificial Molecular Actuators for Nanoparticles. Chem, 2018, 4, 2670-2684.

8.Yi-Lun Ying, Zi-Yuan Li, Zheng-Li Hu, Junji Zhang,* Fu-Na Meng, Chan Cao, Yi-Tao Long,* and He Tian, A Time-Resolved Single Molecular Train Based on Aerolysin Nanopore. Chem, 2018, 4, 1893-1901.

9.Ziyuan Li, Gilad Davidson-Rozenfeld, Margarita Vázquez-González, Michael Fadeev, Junji Zhang,* He Tian, and Itamar Willner*, Multi-triggered Supramolecular DNA/Bipyridinium Dithienylethene Hydrogels Driven by Light, Redox, and Chemical Stimuli for Shape-Memory and Self-Healing Applications. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 17691-17701..

10.Hui Ma, Wei Ma, Jian-Fu Chen, Xiao-Yuan Liu, Yue-Yi Peng, Zhe-Yao Yang,He Tian*, and Yi-Tao Long*. Quantifying Visible-Light-Induced Electron Transfer Properties of Single Dye-Sensitized ZnO Entity for Water Splitting. J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2018, 140, 5272-5279.

11.Wei Chen, Chi-Lin Chen, Zhiyun Zhang, Yi-An Chen, Wei-Chih Chao, Jianhua Su,HeTian*, and Pi-Tai Chou*. Snapshotting the Excited-State Planarization of Chemically Locked N,N-Disubstituted Dihydrodibenzo[a,c]phenazines. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 5272-5279.

12.YueYi Peng Hui Ma, Wei Ma*, YiTao Long, He Tian*. SingleNanoparticle Photoelectrochemistry at a Nanoparticulate TiO2Filmed Ultramicroelectrode. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2018, 57, 3758-3762.

13.Zhiyun Zhang, ChiLin Chen, YiAn Chen, YuChen Wei, Jianhua Su,He Tian*, PiTai Chou*. Tuning the Conformation and Color of Conjugated Polyheterocyclic Skeletons by Installing orthoMethyl Groups. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2018, 57, 9880-9884.

14.Junji Zhang, Youxin Fu, Hai-Hao Han, Yi Zang, Jia Li, Xiao-Peng He*, Ben L. Feringa & He Tian*, Remote light-controlled intracellular target recognition by photochromic fluorescent glycoprobes. Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 987.

15.Qi-Wei Zhang, Dengfeng Li, Xin Li, Paul White, Jasmin Mecinovic, Xiang Ma*, Hans Ågren,Roeland Nolte, He Tian*. Multicolor Photoluminescence Including White-Light Emission by a Single Host-Guest Complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2016, 138, 13541-13550.

16.Xiaoyu Zhang, Yaoyao Xu, Fabrizio Giordano*, Marcel Schreier*, Norman Pellet, Yue Hu, Chenyi Yi, Neil Robertson, Jianli Hua*, Shaik M. Zakeeruddin*, HeTian and Michael Grätzel*. Molecular Engineering of Potent Sensitizers for Very Efficient Light Harvesting in Thin-Film Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 10742-10745.

17.Yunsong Cai, Zhiqian Guo, Jianmei Chen, Wenlong Li, Liubiao Zhong, Ya Gao,Lin Jiang, Lifeng Chi*, He Tian, and Wei-Hong Zhu*. Enabling Light Work in Helical Self-Assembly for Dynamic Amplification of Chirality with Photoreversibility.J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 2219-2224.

18.Zhiyun Zhang, Yu-Sin Wu, Kuo-Chun Tang, Chi-Lin Chen, Jr-Wei Ho, Jianhua Su, He Tian*, and Pi-Tai Chou*. Excited-State Conformational/Electronic Responses of Saddle-Shaped N,N-Disubstituted-Dihydrodibenzo[a,c]phenazines: Wide-Tuning Emission from Red to Deep Blue and White Light Combination. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 8509-8520.

19.Qi Zhang, Da-Hui Qu*, Qiao-Chun Wang, He Tian*. Dual-Mode Controlled Self-Assembly of TiO2 Nanoparticles Through a Cucurbit[8]uril-Enhanced Radical Cation Dimerization Interaction. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2015, 54, 15789-15793.

20.Da-Hui Qu, Qiaochun Wang, Qi-Wei Zhang, Xiang Ma, He Tian*. Photoresponsive Host-Guest Functional Systems. Chem. Rev., 2015, 115, 7543-7588.

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