Weihong Zhu
Professor of Chemistry, Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor, NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars, Oriental Scholar (Distinguished Professor of Shanghai), and Executive Vice Director, Institute of Science and Technology Development.


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 225 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 CoursesStudents
1Fluorescent (Sensors) Dyes Scientific EnglishBachelor
2Photochromic Dyes Dye ChemistryMaster
3Dye-sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) Industrial Chemistry and TechnologyMaster
   Organic Synthesis Principle (including Advanced Organic Chemistry)Master
   Organic Photoelectronic Functional MaterialsPh. D.
   Functional Materials (teaching in English)Ph. D.


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:
1Developing 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.
2Constructing 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.
3Enhancing stability of fluorophores for lighting up practical application in bioimaging.
4Developing industrial applications such as photochromic lens, and pH and dissolved oxygen sensors (DO) for microbioreactors.