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  • BS (1991), Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • PhD (1997), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Postdoctoral researcher (1997-1999), Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Research group leader (1999-2007), molecular nanostructures group, Nanoscale Science Department, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Associate Professor (2007-2014), Physics Department of HKUST
  • Professor (2014-), Physics Department of HKUST

Research Interests

  1. Supramolecular self-assembly at solid surfaces
  2. Characterization of charge transport and energy conversion at single molecules
  3. Synthesis of 2D metal-organic quantum materials

Representative publications: (HKUST Scholar Profile)

  1. Negative differential conductance in polyporphyrin oligomers with non-linear backbones, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 570, (2018).
  2. Quasicrystallinity expressed in two-dimensional coordination networks, Nature Chemistry. 8, 657 (2016).
  3. Manipulation and characterization of aperiodical graphene structures created in a two-dimensional electron gasPhys. Rev. Lett. 113, 196803 (2014).
  4. Single-molecule resolution of an organometallic intermediate in a surface-supported Ullmann coupling reaction J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 13264 (2011)
  5. Manipulating Localized Molecular Orbitals by Single-Atom Contacts, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 126801 (2010)
  6. Charge Transfer-induced Structural Rearrangements at Both Sides of Organic/Metal Interfaces, Nature Chemistry, 2, 374, (2010).
  7. Porphyrin-Based Two-dimensional Coordination Kagome Lattice Self-assembled on a Au(111) Surface, J. Am. Chem. Soc. ,131, 5376 (2009).
  8. Supramolecular control of the magnetic anisotropy in two-dimensional high-spin Fe arrays at a metal interface, Nature Materials, 8, 189 (2009).
  9. Self-recognition and self-selection in multicomponent molecular assemblies on surfaces, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 104, 17927, (2007).
  10. Steering molecular organization and host-guest interactions using two-dimensional nanoporous coordination systems, Nature Materials 3, 229 (2004).
  11. Modular assembly of two-dimensional metal-organic coordination networks at a metal surface, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42, 2670 (2003).
  12. Real-time single-molecule imaging of the formation and dynamics of coordination compounds, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 41 (24): 4779 (2002).

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