Prof. Liang Zhao


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Mailing Address: Room 304, Hetian Building

Department of Chemistry

Tsinghua University

Beijing 100084

P. R. China


Dr. Liang Zhao firstly studied chemistry at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering in Peking University and obtained his bachelor degree in 2002. After staying for another year as a research assistant at the State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species also in Peking University, he enrolled in the Chemistry Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the guidance of Prof. Thomas C. W. Mak and graduated with a PhD degree in Chemistry in 2007. Subsequently, he joined Prof. Peter J. Stang’s research group at University  of Utah and completed two-year postdoctoral studies until September 2009. In November 2009, he joined the faculty of Chemistry Department in Tsinghua University and now serves as a full professor. He was sponsored by The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2020.

Research Interests:

Metal Cluster Chemistry & Supramolecular Chemistry

Selected Publications:

1. Han Wu, Xin He, Biao Yang, Cui-Cui Li, Liang Zhao*, “Assembly-Induced Strong Circularly Polarized Luminescence of Spirocyclic Chiral Silver(I) Clusters”Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 1535.

2. Kui Xiao, Yang Xue, Biao Yang, Liang Zhao*, “Ion-Pairing Chirality Transfer in Atropisomeric Biaryl-Centered Gold Clusters” CCS Chem. 2020, 2, 555.

3. Kui Xiao, Yu Zhao, Jun Zhu*, Liang Zhao*, “Hyperconjugative aromaticity and protodeauration reactivity of polyaurated indoliums”Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 5639.

4. Siqi Zhang, Liang Zhao*, “A merged copper(I/II) cluster isolated from Glaser coupling”Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 4848.

5. Siqi Zhang, Liang Zhao*, “Macrocycle-encircled polynuclear metal clusters: Controllable synthesis, reactivity studies, and applications”, Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 2535-2545.

6. Ping Guo, Biao Yang, Li Zhang, Liang Zhao*, “Temperature dependent chiroptical response of sigmoidal gold clusters: probing the stability of chiral metal clusters”, Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 5614-5622.

7. Xin He, Yang Xue, Cui-Cui Li, Yuechao Wang, Hong Jiang, Liang Zhao*, “Synthesis of stable polymetalated aromatic complexes through metal–macrocycle capsuletriggered cyclization”, Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 9, 1481-1487.

8. Qiong-You Zhang, Xin He, Liang Zhao*, “Macrocycle-assisted synthesis of nonstoichiometric silver(I) halide electrocatalysts for efficient chlorine evolution reaction”, Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 5662-5668.

9. Jun Yuan, Tingting Sun, Xin He, Ke An, Jun Zhu*, Liang Zhao*, “Synthesis of Tetra- and Octa-aurated Heteroaryl Complexes Toward Probing the Most Aromatic Indolium”, Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 11489.

10. Xin He, Yuechao Wang, Hong Jiang, Liang Zhao*, “Structurally Well-defined Sigmoidal Gold Clusters: Probing the Correlation between Metal Atom Arrangement and Chiroptical Response”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5634-5643.