Associate Prof. Dr. Zhongqiang YANG

Tel.: +86-10-62798297







2003 - 2007         Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry

                            University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

                            Supervisor: Prof. Wilhelm T. S. Huck

2000 - 2003         M.S. in Polymer Chemistry

                            Jilin University, Changchun, China

                            Supervisor: Prof. Fengqi Liu

1996 - 2000         B.E. in Applied Chemistry

                            Heilongjiang University, Harbin, China


Research Experience:

2010 - present      Associate Professor

                             Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University

2007 - 2010          Postdoc Research Associate

                             Prof. Nicholas L. Abbott’s Lab

                             Chemical & Biological Engineering Department

                             University of Wisconsin-Madison, US


Research Interests:

The preparation of DNA-related functional materials and their applications in biosensing, tissue engineering, cell culture; liquid crystal/aqueous interface for biosensing; smart-responsive materials; colloids and interface.



Gates Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK (2003-2007) Financial award from Bill Gates, given to 4 Chinese students studying at University of Cambridge in 2003.


Selected Publications:

1.        J. Zhou, Y. Dong, Y. Zhang, D. Liu, Z. Yang*

           The Assembly of DNA Amphiphiles at Liquid Crystal-Aqueous Interface.

           Nanomaterials, 2016, 6, 229-9.

2.        D. Wang, Z. Da, B. Zhang, M. A. Isbell, Y. Dong, X. Zhou, H. Liu, J. Y. Y. Heng,* Z. Yang*

           The Stability Study of Tubular DNA Origami in the Presence of Protein Crystallisation Buffer.

           RSC Advances 2015, 5, 58734-58737.

3.        Y. Dong, D. Liu, Z. Yang*

           A Brief Review of Methods for Terminal Functionalization of DNA.

           Methods 2014, 67, 116-122.

4.        Y. Dong, Z. Yang*

           Beyond Displays: The Recent Progress of Liquid Crystals for Bio/Chemical Detections.

           Chin. Sci. Bull. 2013, 58, 2557-2562. (invited review)

5.        T. Zhang, Z. Yang, D. Liu

           DNA Discrete Modified Gold Nanoparticles.

           Nanoscale 2011, 3, 4015-4021.

6.        Z. Yang, N. L. Abbott

           Spontaneous Formation of Water Droplets at Oil-Solid Interfaces.

           Langmuir 2010, 26, 13797-13804.

7.        Z. Yang, G. A. Herd, S. M. Clarke, A. R. Tajbakhsh, E. M. Terentjev, W. T. S. Huck*

           Thermal and UV Shape Shifting of Surface Topography.

           J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1074-1075.

8.        Z. Yang, W. T. S. Huck,* S. M. Clarke, A. R. Tajbakhsh, E. M. Terentjev

           Shape-Memory Nanoparticles from Inherently Non-spherical Polymer Colloids.

           Nat. Mater. 2005, 4, 486-490.