Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Zhao Yanli


Associate Professor
Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Email: ZHAOYANLI@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)63168792
Office: SPMS-CBC-06-18

Education
  • PhD (Chem) Nankai University 2005
  • BS (Chem) Nankai University 2000
Biography
Dr. Zhao received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Nankai University in 2000 and his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry there in 2005 under the supervision of Professor Yu Liu. He was a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart at University of California, Los Angeles (October 2005 to November 2008) and subsequently at Northwestern University (January 2010 to August 2010). In between times (December 2008 to December 2009), he was a postdoctoral scholar performing research work in the group of Professor Jeffrey Zink at University of California, Los Angeles. He received a National Research Foundation Fellowship in 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor in both the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University.
Research Interests
The research programs in the Zhao group focus on organic and materials chemistry and branch out into the related fields of biological, physical, and medicinal chemistry. We utilize interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the emerging problems at the forefront of chemistry and materials, aiming to address some of the technological needs in today’s society, such as responsive nanomaterials, general approach for controlled drug delivery, and sensing devices for medical diagnostics and gene-chip technologies. The applications in cancer therapy, energy, and sensor technology are keenly investigated at the more advanced stages.
Research Grant
  • A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (2012-2017) [by A*STAR Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2016-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Ideas Competition (2014-)
  • NRF CREATE (2011-)
  • NRF CREATE (2011-) [by National Research Foundation (NRF)]
  • NTU Internal Funding (2015-) [by Nanyang Technological University]
Current Projects
  • AIN Resonators Coated with Polymers For Improved Sensitivity
  • An Advanced Air Treatment Unit for New Generation HVAC Systems
  • Light- and pH-Operated Mechanized Nanoparticles as Controllable Drug Delivery Systems
  • Mesoporous Material Supported Single-Site Pd(II) for C-H Functionalization
  • Novel Metal-Organic Porous Materials for Heterogenous Catalysis
  • Porous Materials-Supported Heterogeneous Catalysts for Alcohol Activations
  • SPURc Subproject 1.1 - Physical CO2 Capture and Separation
  • SPURc Subproject 2.2 - Electrochemical Route for Syngas Production
  • Start Up Grant
  • Start Up Grant
  • Three-Dimensional Visualization of Stereochemistry Facilitates Student Learning in Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Ultra-Small Nanoparticle-Based Platform for Photodynamic Skin Cancer Therapy
Selected Publications

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