Weihong Zhu
Professor of Chemistry, Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor, NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars, Oriental Scholar (Distinguished Professor of Shanghai), and Dean of School of Chemisty and Molecular Engineering.

Prof. Weihong Zhu received his Bachelor degree of Chemistry in 1992 from Nanjing Normal University, Master degree of Organic Chemistry in 1995 from Nankai University, PhD degree of Applied Chemistry in 1999 from East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST), China. He worked in AIST Central 5, Tsukuba (Postdoctoral) and in Tsukuba University (visiting professor), Japan, from 2001 to 2005. He became a full professor in 2004 and a deputy director in 2006, and has published 186 SCI papers in international journals. He has received several awards, such as Oriental Scholar (2009) and NSFC for Distinguished Young Scholars (2013),and Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor by the Education Ministry of China (2015). His current research interests are focused on functional chromophores, including fluorescent sensors, photochromism, and metal free solar cell sensitizers.

Research Interests   Teaching Courses Students
1 Fluorescent (Sensors) Dyes   Scientific English Bachelor
2 Photochromic Dyes   Dye Chemistry Master
3 Dye-sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs)   Industrial Chemistry and Technology Master
      Organic Synthesis Principle (including Advanced Organic Chemistry) Master
      Organic Photoelectronic Functional Materials Ph. D.
      Functional Materials (teaching in English) Ph. D.

Study Background and Working
1988.09-1992.07 B.S. degree in Department of Chemistry from Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China)
1992.09-1995.07 M.S. degree of Organic Chemistry from Nankai University (Tianjin, China) supervisor: Prof. Xiaolan Wang
1996.09-1999.07 Ph. D. degree of Applied Chemistry from Institute of Fine Chemicals at ECUST, supervisor: Prof. He Tian
2001.10-2003.09 Post-doctor in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST Central 5), Tsukuba, Japan, supervisor: Dr. Nobutsugu Minami
2004.07-2005.03 Visiting Professor with Prof. Dr. Akasaka in chemical modification with N@C60 in Tsukuba University, Japan
2014.06 Senior Visiting Scholar, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (USA)
1995.09-2004.08 Institute of Fine Chemicals at ECUST, Assistant, Lecturer, Associate Professor
2004.09- Institute of Fine Chemicals at ECUST, Professor
2005.06-2016.02 Institute of Fine Chemicals at ECUST, Doctoral Supervisor, Deputy Dean
2016.03-now Institute of Fine Chemicals at ECUST, Doctoral Supervisor, Dean

Major Awards
2015 Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor
2015 Academic Leaders of Shanghai
2014 Innovative Talent Promotion Plan, Ministry of Education
2013 NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars
2013 Editorial Board Member of "Dyes and Pigments" (IF=4.0)
2011 The Seventh Editorial Board Member and Eighth Deputy Editor in Chief of "Imaging Science and Photochemistry"
2011 Oriental Scholar by Shanghai Education Committee tracking support
2010 Executive Director of the Eighth and Ninth Council of Chinese photographic Society
2009 Oriental Scholar by Shanghai Education Committee
2007 "Dawn scholar", Shanghai Municipal Education Commission
2007 "Organic fluorescent functional materials" the Second Prize of National Natural Science (rank as the third)
2006 The Sixth Editorial Board Member of "Photographic Science and Photochemistry"
2006 "Organic Optoelectronic Functional Materials and molecular machines" the First Prize of Shanghai Natural Science (rank as the third)
2006 "New Century Excellent Talents", Ministry of Education
2004 "Fok Ying Tung Young Teacher Award" Second Prize, Fok Ying Tung Education Foundations
2001 "the Venus of Shanghai Science and Technology", the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission
2001 Author of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertations of PR China

Focus on the stability enhancement of organic functional sensitizers
  Prof. Wei-Hong ZHU is mainly focused on organic fine chemicals (functional dyes and applications). Through incorporation of the specific chromophore units and receptors, he has made several achievements in advanced fine chemicals, especially for how to increase dye stability for practical applications:
1 Developing a novel model of D-A-π-A organic sensitizers, providing a clear road map showing how to modulate the energy bands, rationally extending the response wavelength, and optimizing photovoltaic efficiency step by step.
2 Constructing sterically hindered diarylethenes with a benzobis(thiadiazole) bridge to make a breakthrough in the photochromic bistability of closed forms, even fully separating all the five thermally stable isomers, offering an unrivaled unimolecular enantiospecific platform for potential applications as bistable chiroptical switches and all-photonic photomemories with optical rotation as non-destructive readout.
3 Enhancing stability of fluorophores for lighting up practical application in bioimaging.
4 Developing industrial applications such as photochromic lens, and pH and dissolved oxygen sensors (DO) for microbioreactors.

Welcome to Weihong ZHU's Group!