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Leilei TIAN

Associate Professor

Materials Science and Engineering


Dr. Tian received her Ph.D. (2008) in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Jilin University (JLU), where she studied organic functional materials and their supramolecular chemistry. Thereafter, Dr. Tian did research in the field of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology as a Post-doctoral Scholar at University of South Carolina (USC) and Clemson University (CU) (2008-2010). Later she continued at University of Chicago (UoC), first as a Post-doctoral Scholar and then as a Research Professional Staff (2011-2014), working in the field of nanobiotechnology. In 2015, Dr. Tian joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at SUSTC. Dr. Tian’s recent research is focused on developing functional supramolecular self-assemblies for optoelectronic and biomedical applications. Self-motivated individuals (postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, and undergraduates) are welcome to join our new group at SUSTC.


Research Interests:

◆ Controlled self-assembly of organic semiconductors

◆ Supramolecular nanomaterials for molecular recognition and sensing

◆ Organic/inorganic hybrid materials

Professional Experience:

◆ 2015- , Associate Professor, South University of Science and Technology of China.

◆ 2014-2014, Research Professional Staff, University of Chicago, USA.

◆ 2011-2014, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago, USA.

◆ 2009-2010, Postdoctoral Scholar, Clemson University, USA.

◆ 2008-2009, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of South Carolina, USA.

Educational Background:

◆ 2003-2008, Ph.D., Jilin University, Polymer Chemistry and Physics.

◆ 1999-2003, B.E., Jilin University, Chemical Engineering and Technology.

Honors & Awards:

◆ Prized by the Chinese Academy of Science (2007)

◆ Jilin University Excellent Graduate Scholarship (2003-2007)

Selected Publication:

1. Tian, L.; Cronin, T. M.; Weizmann, Y.* “Enhancing-effect of gold nanoparticles on DNA strand displacement amplifications and their application to an isothermal telomerase assay”, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 4153 (Front Cover).

2. Tian, L.; Weizmann, Y.* “Real-time detection of telomerase activity using the exponential isothermal amplification of telomere repeat assay”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1661.

3. Tian, L.; Sun, Y. P.* et al. “Graphene oxides dispersing and hosting graphene sheets for unique nanocomposite materials”, ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 3052.

4. Tian, L.; Wang, X.; Cao, L.; Meziani, M. J.; Kong, C. Y.; Lu, F.; Sun, Y. P.* “Preparation of bulk 13C-enriched graphene materials”, J. Nanomater., 2010, 742167.

5. Tian, L.; Meziani, M. J.; Lu, F.; Kong, C. Y.; Cao, L.; Thorne, T. J.; Sun, Y. P.* “Graphene oxides for homogeneous dispersion of carbon nanotubes”, ACS Appl. Mater. Inter., 2010, 2, 3217.

6. Yang, S.; Lu, D.; Tian, L.; He, F.; Chen, G.; Shen, F.; Xu, H.; Ma, Y.* “Stable water-dispersed organic nanoparticles: preparation, optical properties, and cell imaging application” Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 2261.

7. Tian, L.; Wang, C.; Dawn, S.; Smith, M. D.; Krause, J. A.; Shimizu, L. S.* “Macrocycles with switchable exo/endo metal binding sites”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 17620.

8.  Tian, L.; He, F.; Zhang, H.; Xu, H.; Ma, Y.;* Shen, J. “Thermal cycloaddition facilitated by orthogonal π–π organization through conformational transfer in a swivel-cruciform oligo(phenylenevinylene)”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 3245.

9. He, F.; Tian, L.; Xu, H.; Tian, X.; Ma, Y.*; Yang, Y.*; Shen, J. “Diphenylamine-substituted cruciform oligo(phenylene vinylene): enhanced one- and two-photon excited fluorescence in the solid state”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2007, 17, 1551.

10. Tian, L.; Zhang, W.; Yang, B.; Lu, P.; Zhang, M.; Ma, Y.* “Zinc (II)-induced color-tunable fluorescence emission in the π-conjugated polymers composed of the bipyridine unit: a way to get white-light emission”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 6944.

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