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Professor Dr. Chi ZHANG



Chi Zhang, State-designated Professor, RSC Fellow, RACI Fellow

School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tongji University



Chemistry Building 236

Siping Road 1239, Shanghai 200092, P. R. China












Current Professional Appointments:

Dean, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tongji University

Director, China-Australia Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials

Director, International Joint Research Centre for Photo-Response Functional Materials



Research Interests:

Organic-Inorganic Conjugated Materials, Transition Metal Clusters/Supermolecules, Nano Particles/Heterojunctios and the Optoelectronic Functions

(1) Correlations between molecular structures and nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters, porphyrins-functionalized graphenes or multi-/ single-walled carbon nanotubes;

(2) Third-order nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters or porphyrins-functionalized graphemes/carbon nanotubes as the molecular precursors for functional materials;

(3) Rational design and molecular architecture of functionalized chalcogenide clusters and assemblies and porphyrins-functionalized graphemes/carbon nanotubes;

(4) Facile fabrication of nanoparticles and nano-heterojunctions for photoelectrolysis and optical functions;

(5) Photoluminescence properties of organic-inorganic functional molecules and clusters;

(6) Transition metal clusters and supermolecules for magnetic properties.



Awards and Honors:

(1) Distinguished Young Scholar Award, NSFC, PR China


(2) Awardee for Thousand Talent Project, MOE & MOST, PR China

(3) Leading Scientist of Changjiang Innovative Research Team, MOE, PR China

(4) Awardee for Hundred Talent Project, CAS, PR China

(5) Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC, UK

(6) Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, RACI, Australia

(7) Leading Scientist of Key-Field Innovative Research Team of Innovative Talent Promotion Plan, MOST, PR China

(8) Chief Scientist of Research Base for Introducing Foreign Talents of Discipline to Chinese Universities, MOE & SAFEA, PR China

(9) Research Fellowship of Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan

(10) Research Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany


Research Summary:

240 peer-reviewed articles with those selected publications between 2002-2016 being listed as follows:

1. Recent Advances in Ultraviolet and Deep-Ultraviolet Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Crystals, C. Wu, G. Yang, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2018, Available online, In Press


2. Graphene and Carbon-Nanotube Nanohybrids Covalently Functionalized by Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines for Optoelectronic Properties, A.J. Wang, J. Ye, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Advanced Materials, 2018, 30, 1705704 (Inside Cover).


3. Nickel-based (Photo)electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production, L.L. Ji, C.C. Lv, Z.F. Chen*, Z.P. Huang*, Chi Zhang*, Advanced Materials, 2018, 30, 1705653.


4. Covalent-linked porphyrin/single-walled carbon nanotube nanohybrids: synthesis and influence of porphyrin substituents on nonlinear optical performance, M.F. Zhang, L.L. Fu, J. Ye, M.G. Humphrey, H. Liu, B. Yan, L. Zhang, J.D. Shao, C. Zhang*, Carbon, 2017, 124, 618-629.


5. Facile Syntheses of Ba2[B4O7(OH)2] and Na[B5O7(OH)2](H2O) Borate Salts Exhibiting Nonlinear Optical Activity in the Ultraviolet, C. Wu, L.H. Li, G. Yang, J.L. Song, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56, 1340-1348.


6. A self-supported porous hierarchical core shell nanostructure of cobalt oxide for efficient oxygen evolution reaction, H. Xia, Z.P. Huang*, C.C. Lv, C. Zhang*, ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7(12), 8205-8213.


7. A Nitrogen Doping Method for CoS2 Electrocatalysts with Enhanced Water Oxidation Performance, J.H. Hao, W.S. Yang, Z. Peng, C. Zhang*, Z.P. Huang*, W.D. Shi*, ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7(6), 4214-4220.


8. Ammonium-Crown Ether Supramolecular Cation-Templated Assembly of an Unprecedented Heterobicluster-Metal Coordination Polymer with Enhanced NLO Properties, J.F. Zhang, D. Jia, M.G. Humphrey, S.C. Meng, M.J. Zaworotko, M.P. Cifuentes, C. Zhang*, Chemical Communications, 2016, 52(19), 3797-3800.


9. Tunable carbon-dot-based dual-emission fluorescent nanohybrids for ratiometric optical thermometry in living cells, C.X. Wang, H.H. Lin, Z.Z. Xu, Y.J. Huang, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 40(11), 42-43.


10.Alkali metal–alkaline earth metal borate crystal LiBa3(OH)(B9O16)[B(OH)4] as a new deep-UV nonlinear optical material, C. Wu, J.L. Song, L.H. Li, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2016, 4(35), 8189-8196 (Back Cover).


11.Multi-walled carbon nanotubes covalently functionalized by axially coordinated metal-porphyrins: Facile syntheses and temporally dependent optical performance, A.J. Wang, J.B. Song, Z.P. Huang, Y.L. Song, W. Yu, H.L. Dong, W.P. Hu, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, L. Zhang, J.D. Shao, C. Zhang*, Nano Research, 2016, 9(2), 458-472.


12.Tetrazine-Chromophore-Based Cluster-Organic Frameworks with Unusual Configurations: Synthetic, Structural, Theoretical, Fluorescent and Nonlinear Optical Studies, J.H. Li, D. Jia, S.C. Meng, J.F. Zhang, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2015, 21(21), 7914-7926.


13.A 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition protocol to porphyrin functionalized reduced graphene oxide with a push-pull motif, A.J. Wang, W. Yu, Z.G. Xiao, Y.L. Song, L.L. Long, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Nano Research, 2015, 8(3), 870-886.


14.One-Pot Synthesis of Diiron Phosphide/Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Nanocomposite for Effective Hydrogen Generation, Z.P Huang*, C.C. Lv, Z.Z. Chen, Z.B. Chen, C. Zhang*, Nano Energy, 2015, 12, 666–674.


15.Ni12P5 Nanoparticles as an Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation via Electrolysis and Photoelectrolysis, Z.P. Huang*, Z.B. Chen, Z.Z. Chen, C.C. Lv, H. Meng, C. Zhang*, ACS Nano, 2014, 8(8), 8121-8129.


16.A Facile Approach to Hetero-Nanorods of Ag2Se-MSe (M = Cd, Zn) with Enhanced Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity, Z.P. Huang*, M.Y. Li, D. Jia, P. Zhong, F. Tian, Z.Z. Chen, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014, 2(8), 1418-1426 (Back Cover).


17.Cobalt phosphide nanorods as an efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction, Z.P. Huang*, Z.Z. Chen, Z.B. Chen, C.C. Lv, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Nano Energy, 2014, 9, 373-382.


18.Increased Optical Nonlinearities of Graphene Nanohybrids Covalently Functionalized by Axially-Coordinated Porphyrins, A.J. Wang, L.L. Long, W. Zhao, Y.L. Song, M.G. Humphrey, M.P. Cifuentes, X.Z. Wu, Y.S. Fu, D.D. Zhang, X.F. Li, C. Zhang*, Carbon, 2013, 53, 327-338.


19.Facile Synthesis and Enhanced Nonlinear Ooptical Properties of Porphyrin-Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, A.J. Wang, Y. Fang, L.L. Long, Y.L. Song, W. Yu, W. Zhao, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2013, 19(42), 14159-14170 (Inside Cover).


20.Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production Using Silicon Nanowires@MoS3, Z.P. Huang*, C.F. Wang, L. Pan, F. Tian, X.X. Zhang, C. Zhang*, Nano Energy, 2013, 2(6), 1337-1346.


21.Low-Cost, Large-Scale, and Facile Production of Si Nanowires Exhibiting Enhanced Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity, Z.P. Huang*, R.X. Wang, D. Jia, M.Y. Li, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang*, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2012, 4(3), 1553-1559.


22.Dodecanuclear-Ellipse and Decanuclear-Wheel Nickel(II) Thiolato Clusters with Efficient Femtosecond Nonlinear Absorption, C. Zhang*, T. Matsumoto, M. Samoc, S. Petrie, S.C. Meng, T. Christopher Corkery, R. Stranger, J.F. Zhang, M.G. Humphrey, K. Tatsumi, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, 49(25), 4209-4212 (Front Cover).


23.Modulation of Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties by Backbone Modification at Polymeric Pillared-Layer Heterometallic Clusters, C. Zhang*, Y. Cao, J.F. Zhang, S.C. Meng, T. Matsumoto, Y.L. Song, J. Ma, Z.X. Chen, K. Tatsumi, M.G. Humphrey, Advanced Materials, 2008, 20(10), 1870-1875.


24.Correlations between molecular structures and third-order nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters: A comparative study, C. Zhang*, Y.L. Song, X. Wang, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2007, 251(1-2), 111-141.


25.New Nickel(II) Thiolato Clusters with A Flexible Cyclo-Ni10S20 Framework, C. Zhang, S. Takada, M. Kölzer, T. Matsumoto, K. Tatsumi*, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2006, 45(23), 3768-3772 (Frontispiece).


26.Ultrafast response and superior optical limiting effects of the planar 'open' heterothiometallic clusters, C. Zhang*, Y.L. Song, F.E. Kühn, Y.X. Wang, X.Q. Xin, W.A. Herrmann, Advanced Materials, 2002, 14(11), 818-822.

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