Professor WU Jishan
(Dean's Chair Professor)
B.Sc., 1997, Wuhan University; M. Sc., 2000, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences; PhD, 2004, Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research; Project leader, 2004 - 2005, Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research; Postdoc, 2005- 2007, University of California at Los Angeles.
| Department of Chemistry, NUS
3 Science Drive 3
| Office: MD1-14-03H
Tel: (65) 6516-2677
Fax: (65) 6779-1691
We welcome talented and self-motivated young scientists to join us to do research in multidisciplinary areas including organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and materials science. Good PhD candidates can apply for different scholarships such as NGS Scholarship, NUS Research Scholarship and A*Star Graduate Scholarship. For any assistance, please contact Dr. Wu via e-mail. We also welcome PhD students under China Scholar Council (CSC) support to conduct research in our lab (either 2 or 4-year programme)
New! Postdoc positions available. The research topics include: (1) 2D and 3D covalent organic frameworks; (2) organic optical, electronic and magnetic materials; (3) molecular magnetism. If interested, please contact the PI Jishan Wu.
Read more details in our research group website: http://jishanwu.webs.com/
Educational and professional experiences
- 2014.7-now, Dean’s Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, NUS
- 2012.1 - now, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, NUS
- 2010.08‐ now, Senior Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR
- 2007.07 - 2011.12, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, NUS
- 2005.10‐2007.06, Postdoc, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California at Los Angeles, with Sir Fraser Stoddart
- 2004.05‐ 2005.09, Project Leader , Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
- 2000.11‐2004.05, PhD, Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, with Prof. Klaus Müllen
- 1997.09‐2000.06, , MSc, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, with Prof. Xianhong Wang and Prof. Fosong Wang
- 1993.09 – 1997.06, B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University
Honors and Awards
- NUS Young Investigator Award (2007)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (Japan, 2009)
- Singapore National Young Scientist Award (2010)
- Young Chemist Award, Department of Chemistry, NUS (2011)
- Young Scientist Award, Faculty of Science, NUS (2011)
- NUS Young Researcher Award (2012)
- BASF-Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Award in Materials Science (2012)
- Invited Lecturer of Asian Excellence from the Japanese Society of Polymer Science (2012)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award from Hongkong (2012)
- Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Chemical Society of Japan (2013)
- Outstanding Chemist Award, Department of Chemistry, NUS (2013)
- Dean’s Chair Professorship (2014)
- Lead PI of MOE Tier 3 programme (2015)
- Faculty of Science Outstanding Scientist Award (2015)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award from Taiwan (2016)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award from Thailand (2016)
(1) Novel aromatic systems with unique structure and property.
We are particularly interested in polycyclic hydrocarbons (PHs) with an open-shell ground state, which show unique electronic, optical and magnetic properties and potential applications for non-linear optics, ambipolar organic field effect transistors, organic spintronics and Li ion batteries. The current systems investigated include: (1) zig-zag edged PAHs and (2) quinoidal PHs (zethrene and extended p-quinodimethane).
(2) Near infrared (NIR) dyes.
We are interested in the design and synthesis of soluble and stable NIR dyes with tunable physical properties and their applications for NIR laser protection, bio-imaging and dye-sensitized solar cells. Our approach is to combine the polycyclic hydrocarbons with heteroatom-containing aromatic systems such as porphyrin and BODIPYs.
(3) Device engineering and processing for printed electronics.
We are interested in device interface engineering and large-area processing of organic field-effect transistors and solar cells for large area flexible display and photovoltaic applications.
(4) Supramolecular chemistry and responsive materials.
We are interested in developing new approaches to construct new supramolecular architectures and materials for various applications, such as smart windows and drug delivery.
(5) Nanocarbon and nanomaterials for energy storage and environmental science.
We are interested in using well-controlled nanocarbons and nanomaterials for supercapacitors, Li ion batteries and photocatalytic water treatment.
Representative 25 RECENT Publications
(See full publication list in the research group website
- “Rylene Ribbons with Unusual Diradical Character”, W. Zeng, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, N. Aratani, Z. Zeng, H. Yamada, J. Ding, and J. Wu, Chem. 2017, 2, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2016.12.001 (selected as the Cover of the January 2017 issue).
- “Stable 3,6-Linked Fluorenyl Radical Oligomers with Intramolecular Anti-ferromagnetic Coupling and Polyradical Characters”, X. Lu, S. Lee, J. O. Kim, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, Z. L. Lim, Z. Zeng, J. Ding, D. Kim and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13049-13058.
- “Higher Order π‑Conjugated Polycyclic Hydrocarbons with Open-Shell Singlet Ground State: Nonazethrene versus Nonacene”, R. Huang, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, P. Hu, W. Zeng, S. Dong, S. Das, Y. Shen, J. Ding, D. Casanova and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10323-10330.
- “Fully Fused Quinoidal/Aromatic Carbazole Macrocycles with Polyradical Characters”, S. Das, T. S. Herng, J. L. Zafra, P. M. Burrezo, M. Kitano, M. Ishida, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, P.Hu, A. Osuka, J. Casado, J. Ding, D. Casanova, and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 7782-7790 (selected as JACS Spotlights, see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 7446-7447).
- “Super-heptazethrene”, W. Zeng, Z. Sun, T. S. Herng, T. P. Gonalves, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, K.-W. Huang, J. Ding, and J. Wu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 8816-8819 (selected as Very Important Paper; highlighted by Uwe. H. F. Bunz et al. in a “Highlight” article published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 9830-9832).
- “Towards Tetraradicaloid: The Effect of Fusion Mode on Radical Character and Chemical Reactivity”, P. Hu, S. Lee, T. S. Herng, N. Aratani, T. P. Gonçalves, Q. Qi, X. Shi, H. Yamada, K.-W. Huang, J. Ding, D. Kim and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1065-1077.
- “Diradical Approach towards BODIPY Based Near-infrared Dyes with Intense Absorption around λ=1100 nm”, Y. Ni, S. Lee, M. Son, N. Aratani, M. Ishida, H. Yamada, Y.-T. Chang, H. Furuta, D. Kim and J. Wu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 2815-2819.
- “Pro-aromatic and Anti-aromatic π-Conjugated molecules: An Irresistible Wish to Be Diradicals”, Z. Zeng, X. Shi, C. Chi,a J. T. López Navarrete, J. Casado and J. Wu, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015, 44, 6578-6596 (Theme Issue: Challenges in Aromaticity: 150 Years after Kekulé’s Benzene)
- “Push−Pull Type Oligo(N‑annulated perylene)quinodimethanes: Chain Length and Solvent-Dependent Ground States and Physical Properties”, Z. Zeng, S. Lee, M. Son, K. Fukuda, P. M. Burrezo, X. Zhu, Q. Qi, R.-W. Li, J. T. López Navarrete, J. Ding, J. Casado, M. Nakano, D. Kim and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8572-8583.
- “Phenalenyl-fused Porphyrins with Different Ground States”, W. Zeng, S. Lee, M. Son, M. Ishida, K. Furukawa, P. Hu, Z. Sun, D. Kim and J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 2427-2433.
- “Extended Zethrenes, p-Quinodimethanes and Periacenes with a Biradical Ground State”, Z. Sun, Z. Zeng and J. Wu, “Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 2582-2591.
- “N-Annulated Perylene as An Efficient Electron Donor for Porphyrin-based Dyes: Enhanced Light-harvesting Ability and High-efficiency Co(II/III)-based Dye-sensitized Solar Cells”, J. Luo, M. Xu, R. Li, K. Huang, C. Jiang, Q. Qi, W. Zeng, J. Zhang, C. Chi, P. Wang and J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 265-272.
- “A Kinetically Blocked 1,14:11,12-Dibenzopentacene: a Persistent Triplet Diradical of Non-Kekulé Polycyclic Benzenoid Hydrocarbons”, Y. Li, K.-W. Huang, Z. Sun, R. D. Webster, Z. Zeng, W. Zeng, C. Chi, K. Furukawa and J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 1908-1914.
- “Turning on the Biradical State of Tetracyano- Perylene and Quaterrylenequinodimethanes by Incorporation of Additional Thiophene Rings”, Z. Zeng, S. Lee, J. L. Zafra, M. Ishida, N. Bao, R. D. Webster, J. T. López Navarrete, J. Ding, J. Casado, D. Kim and J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 3072-3080.
- “Indolo[2,3-b]carbazoles with Tunable Ground States: How Clar’s Aromatic Sextet Determines the Singlet Biradical Character”, D. Luo, S. Lee, B. Zheng, Z. Sun, W. Zeng,K.-W. Huang, K. Furukawa, D. Kim, R. D. Webster and J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 4944-4952.
- “Pushing extended p-quinodimethanes to the limit: stable tetracyano- oligo(N-annulated perylene)quinodimethanes with tunable ground states”, Z. Zeng, M. Ishida, J. Zafra, X. Zhu, Y. Sung, N. Bao, R. Webster, B. Lee, R. Li, W. Zeng, Y. Li, C. Chi, J. López Navarrete, J. Ding, J. Casado, D. Kim, J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 6363 (featured in JACS Spotlights).
- “Tetracyano- quaterrylene and hexarylenequinodimethanes with tunable ground states and strong near-infrared absorption”, Z. Zeng, S. Lee, J. Zafra, M. Ishida, Z. Zhu, Z. Sun, Y. Ni, R. Webster, R. Li, J. López Navarrete, C. Chi, J. Ding, J. Casado, D. Kim, J. Wu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 8561 (selected as “Hot Paper”).
- “Dibenzoheptazethrene isomers with different biradical characters: an exercise of Clar’s aromatic sextet rule in singlet biradicaloids”, Z. Sun, S. Lee, K. Park, X. Zhu, W. Zhang, B. Zheng, P. Hu, Z. Zeng, S. Das, Y. Li, C. Chi, R. Li, K. Huang, J. Ding, D. Kim, J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 18229.
- “Controlled growth of large-area high-performance small-Molecule organic single crystalline transistors by slot-die coating using a mixed solvent system”, J. Chang, C. Chi, J. Zhang, J. Wu, Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 6442 (highlighted in MaterialsView China).
- “Low band gap polycyclic hydrocarbons: from closed-shell near infrared dyes and semiconductors to open-shell radicals”, Z. Sun, Q. Ye, C. Chi, J. Wu, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 7857.
- “Tetrabenzo- Chichibabin’s hydrocarbons: tunable ground state and unusual conversion between their closed-shell and open-shell resonance forms”, Z. Zeng, Y. Sung, N. Bao, D. Tan, R. Lee, J. Zafra, B. Lee, M. Ishida, J. Ding, J. López Navarrete, Y. Li, W. Zeng, D. Kim, K. Huang, R. Webster, J. Casado, J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 14513 (featured in JACS Spotlights).
- “Kinetically blocked stable heptazethrene and octazethrene: closed-shell or open-shell in the ground state?”, Y. Li, W. Heng, B. Lee, N. Aratani, J. Zafra, N. Bao, R. Lee, Y. Sung, Z. Sun, K. Huang, R. Webster, J. López Navarrete, D. Kim, A. Osuka, J. Casado, J. Ding, J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012,134, 14913.
- “Disc-like 7,14-dicyano-ovalene-3,4:10,11-bis(dicarboximide) as a solution processible n-type semiconductor for air stable field-effect transistors”, J. Li, J. Chang, H. Tan, H. Jiang, X. Chen, J. Zhang, J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 846.
- “Formation of rotaxanes by Encircling ,  and crown Ethers Onto a Dibenzylammonium Dumbbell”, S. Dasgupta and J. Wu, Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 425-432
- “Soluble and stable heptazethrenebis(dicarboximide) with a singlet open-shell ground state”, Z. Sun, K. Huang, J. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 17746 (selected as ACS Noteworthy Chemistry and highlighted in SYNFACTS).