Current Research Interests
Our research focuses on exotic materials and their applications including:
- 1.Design, synthesis and characterization of novel organic conjugated materials as well as their applications in flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices, both in thin films (field-effect transistors, photovoltaics, memory, OLEDs, thermoelectric, sensing, etc) and at the nanoscale.
- Novel electrode materials as well as new design for Microbial Fuel Cells.
- Design and synthesis of Novel crystalline inorganic materials for photocatalytic and thermoelectric applications.
- Inorganic-organic upconversion nanoprobes as next generation biomarkers for biosensing, bioimaging, and NIR-drug release.
Dr. Qichun Zhang obtained his B.S. at Nanjing University in China in 1992, MS in physical organic chemistry (organic solid lab) at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Prof. Peiji Wu/Daoben Zhu’s group, ICCAS, Beijing) in 1998, MS in organic chemistry (Prof. Fred Wudl’s group) at University of California, Los Angeles (USA), and completed his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at University of California Riverside (Prof. Pingyun Feng’s group, USA) in 2007. Then, he joined Prof. Kanatzidis’ group at Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Oct. 2007 –Dec. 2008). Since Jan. 2009, he joined School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) as an Assistant Professor. On Mar 1st, 2014, he has promoted to Associate Professor with tenure and on Dec 1st, 2014, he became an adjunct Associate Professor at Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. Besides these, he also had three-year working experience in research institute of Nanjing Chemical Industry Co. (Aug. 1992 – Aug. 1995) and two-year’s research experience in ICCAS (Aug. 1998 – Jun 2000). He received TCT fellowship in 2013 and lectureship from National Taiwan University in 2014. Currently, he is an associate editor of J. Solid State Chem. He has published > 215 papers and 4 patents (H-index: 43).
Jing Zhang, Chengyuan Wang, Guankui Long, Naoki Aratani, Hiroko Yamada, Qichun Zhang*, “Fusing N-heteroacene Analogues into One “Kinked” Molecule with Slipped Two-dimensional Ladder-like Packing”, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 1309 – 1313. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03604F (2016).
Jing Zhang, Peiyang Gu, Guankui Long, Rakesh Ganguly, Yongxin Li, Naoki Aratani, Hiroko Yamada, and Qichun Zhang* “Switching Charge-Transfer Characteristic from p-Type to n-Type through Molecule “Doping” (Co-crystallization)” Chem. Sci. 2016,7, 3851 – 3856. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04954G (2016)
Chengyuan Wang, Jing Zhang, Guankui Long, Naoki Aratani, Hiroko Yamada, Y. Zhao, Qichun Zhang, Synthesis, Structure and Air-stable N-type Field-Effect Transistor Behaviors of Functionalized Octaazanonacene-8,19-dione, Angew. Chem Int. Ed., 54(21), 6292–6296. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201500972 (2015).
Jiansheng Wu, Xianhong Rui, Guankui Long, Wangqiao Chen, Qingyu Yan, Qichun Zhang, Pushing Up Lithium Storage through Nanostructured Polyazaacene Analogues as Anode,Angew. Chem Int. Ed., 54, 7354-7358. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201503072 and 10.1002/ange.201503072 (2015).
Wei-wei Xiong, Qichun Zhang, Surfactants As Promising Media for Preparing Crystalline Inorganic Materials Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 127, 11780-11788. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201502277 and 10.1002/ange.201502277 (2015).