Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Zhao Yanli

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

Prof Zhao Yanli

Dr. Zhao received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Nankai University. He was a postdoctoral scholar with Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart at University of California Los Angeles and subsequently at Northwestern University. When he was at University of California Los Angeles, he also conducted research work with Professor Jeffrey Zink. He is currently a 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 the development of integrated systems for diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as porous materials for gas/energy storage and catalysis. They utilize interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the emerging problems at the forefront of chemistry and materials sciences.
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
  • Nanowire Forest for Electrochemical Sensing of Heavy Metal Ions and Glucose
  • 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
  • Chaoliang Tan, Lingzhi Zhao, Peng Yu, Ying Huang, Bo Chen, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiaoying Qi, Min Hao Goh, Xiao Zhang, Shikui Han, Xue-Jun Wu, Zheng Liu, Yanli Zhao, and Hua Zhang. (2017). Preparation of Ultrathin Two-Dimensional TixTa1-xSyOz Nanosheets as Highly Efficient Photothermal Agents. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, .
  • DFK Toh, G Devi, KM Patil, Q Qu, M Maraswami, Y Xiao, TP Loh, Y Zhao, G Chen. (2016). Incorporating a guanidine-modified cytosine base into triplex-forming PNAs for the recognition of a CG pyrimidine–purine inversion site of an RNA duplex. Nucleic Acids Research, 44(19), 9071-9082.
  • Meiting Zhao , Yixian Wang , Qinglang Ma , Ying Huang , Xiao Zhang , Jianfeng Ping , Zhicheng Zhang , Qipeng Lu , Yifu Yu , Huan Xu , Yanli Zhao , Hua Zhang. (2015). Ultrathin 2D Metal–Organic Framework Nanosheets. Advanced Materials, 27(45), 7372-7378.
  • Wang JG, Zhao YL, Yokoi T, Kondo JN, Tatsumi T. (2014). High-Performance Titanosilicate Catalyst Obtained through Combination of Liquid-Phase and Solid-Phase Transformation Mechanisms. ChemCatChem, 6(9), 2719-2726.
  • H. Li, A. C. Fahrenbach, A. Coskun, Z. Zhu, G. Barin, Y.-L. Zhao, Y. Y. Botros, J.-P. Sauvage, J. F. Stoddart. (2011). A Light-Stimulated Molecular Switch Driven by Radical–Radical Interactions in Water. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50(30), 6782–6788.

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