Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Zhao Yanli

Assistant Chair (Faculty), School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

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

Phone: (+65)63168792
Office: SPMS-CBC-06-18

  • PhD (Chem) Nankai University 2005
  • BS (Chem) Nankai University 2000
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.
Current Projects
  • An Advanced Air Treatment Unit for New Generation HVAC Systems
  • Concomitant Delivery Of Radiosensitizing And Brachytherapeutic Agents For Targeted Cancer Treatment
  • Developing Biocompatible Materials for 3D Printing
  • Light- and pH-Operated Mechanized Nanoparticles as Controllable Drug Delivery Systems
  • Mesoporous Material Supported Single-Site Pd(II) for C-H Functionalization
  • Molecular Switch-Functionalized Porous Particles for Controlled Release of Pesticides
  • Novel Color-Tunable Materials for Organic Light Emitting Devices
  • Novel Metal-Organic Porous Materials for Heterogenous Catalysis
  • Novel Porous Materials for High-Efficient CO2 Capture and Catalytic Conversion
  • Porous Materials-Supported Heterogeneous Catalysts for Alcohol Activations
  • Producing Titanium-Rich TS-1 Catalyst for Catalytic Applications
  • Self-Assembled Organic Nanoparticles for Efficient Three-Photon Imaging
  • Smart Supramolecular Prodrug Systems for Combination Cancer Theranostics
  • Start Up Grant
  • Start Up Grant
  • Super hydrophobic Boron Nitride nanotube aerogel for selective CO2 adsorption
  • 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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