Associate Prof. Dr. Zhongqiang YANG




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 fabrication of liquid crystal materials and its applications in the fields of detection, artificial muscles and soft robots.

Group webpage:

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-9399-4424



In 2003, 4 Chinese students were awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


Selected Publications:

1. X. Yang, X. Zhao, H. Zhao, F. Liu, S. Zhang, C. X. Zhang,* Z. Yang* Combination of Liquid Crystal and Deep Learning Reveals Distinct Signatures of Parkinson's disease Related Wild-type α-Synuclein and Six Pathogenic Mutants. Chem. Asian J. 2022, 17, e202101251. (VIP paper, Special Collection highlighting Women in Chemistry)

2. Y. Wang, J. Sun, W. Liao, Z. Yang* Liquid Crystal Elastomer Twist Fibers towards Rotating Microengines. Adv. Mater. 2022, 34, 2107840.

3. W. Liao, Z. Yang* The Integration of Sensing and Actuating based on a Simple Design Fiber Actuator towards Intelligent Soft Robots. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2021, 2101260.

4. Y. Wang, W. Liao, J. Sun, R. Nandi, Z. Yang* Bioinspired Construction of Artificial Cardiac Muscles Based on Liquid Crystal Elastomer Fibers. Adv. Mater. Technol. 2021, 7, 2100934.

5. J. Sun, Y. Wang, W. Liao, Z. Yang* UltraFast, High-Contractile Electrothermal-Driven Liquid Crystal Elastomer Fibers towards Artificial Muscles. Small 2021, 17, 2103700.

6. X. Yang, Y. Tian, F. Li, Q. Yu, S. F. Tan, Y. Chen, Z. Yang* Investigation of the Assembly Behavior of an Amphiphilic Lipopeptide at the Liquid Crystal−Aqueous Interface. Langmuir 2019, 35, 2490-2497.

7. Y. Dong, Z. Yang* Beyond Displays: The Recent Progress of Liquid Crystals for Bio/Chemical Detections. Chin. Sci. Bull. 2013, 58, 2557-2562.

8. Z. Yang, J. K. Gupta, K. Kishimoto, Y. Shoji, T. Kato, N. L. Abbott Design of Biomolecular Interfaces using Liquid Crystals containing Oligomeric Ethylene Glycol. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 2098-2106.

9. 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.

10. 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.