• November 2017 — Aizhao’s paper on Pea-pod assembly of Perovskite nanocrystals is published on Nanoscale.
  • October 2017 — Yi’s news and views article is published on Nat. Chem.
  • September 2017 — Aizhao and Matt J’s paper on the perovskite/GO/polymer nanorod composites has been published on Nano Lett. Congratulations to all of our collaborators.
  • September 2017 — Welcome to the new crew to the group: Mr. Harry Bergman, Prof. Yun Zhao, Mr. Liangang Xiao, Mr. Jiatao Liang, Ms. Xiaohe Lei, Ms. Mai Thi Quynh Do.
  • September 2017 — Farewell to Dr. Bin Yang and Soon-to-Be Dr. Xuncheng Liu. We wish them great success in their future career!
  • August 2017 — Matt K. is a Poster Award winner of the Molecular Foundry annual user meeting. Well done, Matt!
  • August 2017 — The group enjoys a summer party at Yi’s place.
  • July 2017 — Matt J., Thomas and Erica’s work on anisotropic emission of perovskite nanocrystals is published on Nano Lett. Congratulations to all of our collaborators for the great teamwork!
  • June 2017 — Azaquinodimethane chemistry is accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jacs.7b04031). Congratulations to Xuncheng, Bo and all the collaborators.
  • May 2017 — Better understanding of electron transport in disk-shaped molecules is now published on ACS Appl. Mater. Interface (http://cdn-pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsami.7b03795)
  • May 2017 — Second generation Click SUFEX chemistry gets better and better, as reported in the collaboration papers with Peng Wu and Barry Sharpless in Nat. Chem. and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201701160/abstract)
  • April 2017 — Transitions in COF thin film growth unraveled and now on J. Mater. Chem. C. (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/tc/c7tc01324h#!divAbstract)
  • February 2017 — Farewell to Qijian Zhang and Baoyi Ren. We wish them great success in their future career!
  • January 2017 — Dr. Bin Yang and Dr. Xinle Li joined the group. Big welcome to both of them.
  • December 2016 — 2D COF with the brick-wall topology was designed and synthesized for the first time. See the recent ACS Macro Lett. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00805) paper from our collaboration with Songliang and Prof. Weiguang Zhang at South China Normal University
  • November 2016 — Congratulations to Chris Anderson for passing his qualification exam!
  • October 2016 — Molecular machines and three prominent scientists are recognized for 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Congratulations to Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Prof. Sauvage and Prof. Feringa — well deserved, and couldn’t go to better scientists or person.
  • October 2016 — Synthesis of BAI just became more efficient and versatile. The protocol is now published on Org. Lett. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.orglett.6b02504). Thanks to Matt K. and Bo who spearheaded the effort.
  • September 2016 — Welcome Xuncheng Liu from South China University of Technology as a CSC visiting student.
  • August 2016 — Our group really enjoyed Prof. Bary Sharpless’s visit at the Foundry.
  • August 2016 — Carboxylic acids, alkyl amines, cesium precursors, all matter in the synthesis and morphological control of CsPbBr3 perovskite nanoparticles, as reported in the ACS Nano paper. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.6b03863)
  • July 2016 — Defective TiO2 has led to better and stable Perovskite solar cells. This collaborative work with Ian Sharp and Francesca Toma at JCAP has been accepted for publication in Nat. Commun.
  • June 2016 — Our long time collaborator and also a Foundry user, Prof. Zhan-Ting Li from Fudan University, visited the group.
  • June 2016 — New host materials for green and red PhOLEDs by Baoyi was published on Org. Electronics.
  • May 2016 — 3D SOF splits water more efficiently. See how homogeneous 3D supramolecular metal-organic framework photocatalysts are assembled and in action in the recent Nat. Commun. paper.
  • April 2016 — Congratulations to Vincent Hipwell and Jason Lam for winning Senior Undergraduate Research awards! And wish them the best in their graduate studies.
  • April 2016 — Polycationic COFs have a strong environmental impact by adsorbing dye pollutants. See the article in Poly. Chem.
  • March 2016 — Farewell to Dr. Bo He. After three years postdoctoral research work in the group, Bo will join Ubiquitous Energy Inc. in the bay area. Best of luck to Bo.
  • March 2016 — Feature article on SOFs makes the front cover of Chem. Commun.
  • March 2016 — BAI polymers for highly stable electrochromic devices are published in ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. (Collaborating with Prof. Jianwei Xu at National University of Singapore)
  • February 2016 — Congratulations to Matt Kolaczkowski for passing his qualification exam. Well done Dr. Kolaczkowski!
  • January 2016 — Orthogonal 2D tuning chemistry leads to new design rules of panchromatic small molecules. See Bo’s recent work on Chem. Sci.
  • May 2015 – New chemistry to the discotic thienoazacoronene family was published on Chem. Sci.
  • April 2015 — NTU collaboration with Prof. Qichun Zhang on small molecule memory effects was published on J. Mater. C.
  • March 2015 — SULI intern, Victoria Steffes, was awarded NSF graduate fellowship. Many congratulations!
  • March 2015 — Ultrastrong hydrogels from single layer 2D SOFs has been published on Poly. Chem. (in collaboration with Prof. Xin Zhao at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry)
  • February 2015 — Check out the recent blossoms from the Organic Flatland, which was recently published on Adv. Mater. as Research News article.
  • December 2014 — Taking the supramolecular organic framework to 3D. A periodic 3D framework was built in aqueous solution, and has been shown to be a potent “ion sponage”. This work, in collaboration with Prof. Zhan-Ting Li at Fudan University, was published on Nat. Commun.
  • September 2014 – Bo’s new paper on J. Am. Chem. Soc. revives an old dye as a potent electron acceptor for electronics.
  • August 2014 – Songliang’s TTF-COF finds its home at Chem. Sci., describing the oriented growth of conductive COF thin films and its tunable doping.
  • June 2014 – Bo’s elegant chemistry on a new family of polycyclic heteroaromatic hydrocarbons, known internally as TACs, is just published on Chem. Mater.
  • June 2014 – Summer is packed with science and new faces. Warm welcome to Summer SULI interns Adam Levi from University of Chicago and Ryan Lu from UC San Diego.
  • May 2014 – Yi is awarded the Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and will be supported for an extended stay during his visit at the institute.
  • April 2014 – This is the harvesting season! Current and former undergraduate student researchers have been busy collecting fellowships. Each of Andrew Pun, Antonio Francesco, and David Hanifi is awarded a NSF Graduate Fellowship. David Hanifi additionally grabs DoD NDSEG fellowship and the Paul and Daisy Soros fellowship. Congratulations to all of them!

  • April 2014 – TTF radical dimerization leads to macrocycles, with the role of intramolecular hydrogen bonding and solvent effects explained in Chem. Asian J.
  • April 2014 – Vincent Hipwell joined the group as an undergraduate student researcher. Welcome Vincent!

  • March 2014 – Kelvin Lo joined the group as a graduate student researcher. Welcome Kelvin!
  • March 2014 – More 2D supramolecular polymeric frameworks are constructed based on viologen radical dimerization. See recent publication in Poly. Chem. as a result of collaboration with Prof. Zhan-Ting Li and Prof Danwei Zhang at Fudan University.
  • February 2014 – Electrostatic or Solvophobic? The nature of the driving aromatic-aromatic interactions was revealed in the competing dynamic rotaxane assembly, as reported in Org. Chem. Front.
  • February 2014 – Energy alignment between ligands and quantum dots have resulted in abnormally high field effect mobilities. This multi-group collaboration was published in ACS Nano.
  • February 2014 – Jing Dai has joined our group as a visiting student. Welcome Jing!
  • December 2013 – SOFs take to water. The 2D SOFs is featured as a JACS cover art, and also under the spotlight of LBNL news center and many other media such as SciTechDaily and ScienceDaily.
  • October 2013 – Molecular "aligner", when blended in 1wt% ratio with the "matrix" molecules, can induce changes of crystallites' orientation, and subsequently results in enhanced n-type field effect mobility. Yue and David's latest work will soon appear in Adv. Mater.
  • September 2013 – In collaboration with Prof. Zhan-Ting Li at Fudan University and Prof Xin Zhao at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, supramolecular polymeric frameworks are realized through cooperative radical dimerizations between electron donors or acceptors. A more elegant design based on host-guest inclusion complexes led to a 2D soluble organic framework in solution. These results are published recently in J. Am. Chem. Soc. , Polym. Chem. , and Chem. Eur. J.

  • August 2013 – Visiting PhD student Songliang Cai from South China Normal University joined the group. Welcome!

  • August 2013 – Thomas Schwei from San Jose State University joined the group for master thesis. Welcome!
  • August 2013 – Florian and Andrew have demonstrated in their J. Mater. Chem. C paper that substrate-induced crystallization of n-type rylene diimides can be induced at liquid-solid-air interface, which result in better OFET performances.

  • July 2013 – In collaboration with Marcus Scheele and Jessie Engle in Alivisatos's group at UC Berkeley, nonmonotonic size dependence in the hole mobility of methoxide stabilized PbSe quantum dot solids has been revealed in ACS Nano.

  • June 2013 - Liana's ligands led to the discovery of cooperative reorganization of mineral and template during directed nucleation of calcium carbonate. This is a collaboration with Dr. Jon Lee at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Dr. Jim De Yoreo at Pacific Northwest National Lab. See the full article in J. Phys. Chem. C.

  • May 2013 – Alexandra McGough joined the group as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome Alexandra!

  • April 2013 - Dr. Bo He has joined our group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Bo!

  • October 2012 -- Triply threaded interlocked structures have been realized by one pot clipping reaction and will soon appear in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. This discovery complements the linear templated method we reported three years ago.
  • September 2012 -- An invited review on "A Dynamic Route to Structure and Function – Recent Advances in Imine-Based Organic Nanostructured Materials" will be published on Aust. J. Chem.
  • August 2012 – SULI student Victoria Steffes joined the group from Columbia University. Welcome!Steffes
  • July 2012 – A new family of bisphosphole-bridged n-type semiconductors has been reported in Chem. Asian J. [PDF]
  • April 2012 – Liana's work on the complementary disk-shaped donor-acceptor pair has been accepted by Chem. Sci. The donor–acceptor (DA) pair forms a strong charge-transfer complex in both solution and the bulk.
  • February 2012 – The collaboration with Prof. Zhan-Ting Li's group at Fudan university, looking at the multifunctional foldamers in tuning molecular switches  and recognition with organohalogens, has led to two papers published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and one in Tetrahedron Lett. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040402011017108)
  • November 2011 – New intern student Florian Geyer joined our group. Welcome!
  • November 2011 – It is getting bigger! Yue’s second generation n-type disk-shaped trisaroylenediimide was published on Organic Letters . Thanks to all the coworkers for their hard work.
  • October 2011 – The stability of Janus gold nanoparticles gets a boost, thanks to UV crosslinking of diacetylene-based surface ligands. See this collaborative work (with Prof. Shaowei Chen at UC Santa Cruz) published on Langmuir
  • September 2011 - In collaboration with Prof. Zhan-Ting Li at Fudan University, a paper was published on Angew. Chem., discussing how to fine tune molecular bistability using foldamers.
  • August 2011 - SULI student Kyle Ferguson successfully finished a 10-week research internship and delivered a poster presentation. Congratulations!
  • June 2011 - Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Containing Oligothiophene-Fullerene Triads performs in OPVs. See this collaborative work (with Dr. Biwu Ma) published on Appl. Mat. Inter.
  • April 2011 – Yi passed The Molecular Foundry Career Review and now advances to the position of Career Staff Scientist.
  • David Hanifi has received a competitive travel award to the 42nd National Organic Chemistry Symposium to be held in June at Princeton University. He will also give a poster presentation. Congratulations, David!
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    April 2011 - Group alumnus Dennis Cao has been honored with the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He is now a graduate student with Sir Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University. Way to go Dennis!
  • March 2011 – Liana’s paper on efficient bio-orthogonal labeling using CuAAC has been accepted by Agnew. Chem. Congratulations to her and the Peng Wu Lab for all the hard work!


  • March 2011 - David’s Chem. Commun. paper on novel n-type discotics was one February’s top ten most accessed articles.
  • February 2011 – The user project in collaboration with Prof. Peng Wu at Albert Einstein School of Medicine on in vivo labeling of glycans is just accepted to be published on Angew. Chem.
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  • January 2011 -- David, Dennis and Liana’s paper on novel n-type discotics was just published on Chem. Commun. Congratulations! Read it here.



  • October 2010 – Multi-layer nanowire work based on triphenylene derivatives was published on Chem. Commun., and was featured as a “Hot Paper.” Read it here.