Lei TaoAssociate Professor

AddressDepartment of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Chemistry-Building-402, 100084

Phone (Office)086-10-62794694



BS: 1994/09-1999/07

University of Science and Technology of China, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering

MS: 1999/09-2002/07

University of Science and Technology of China, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering. Supervisor: Prof. Caiyuan Pan

PhD: 2003/10-2006/09

University of Warwick (UK), Department of Chemistry. Supervisor: Prof. David Haddleton

Work experience:

2006.12 ~ 2008.7 UCLA (USA), Post-docProf. Heather Maynard

2008.9 ~ 2010.8 UNSW (Australia), Post-docProf. Tomas Davis

2010.10 ~ 2016.7 Tsinghua University, Department of Chemistry, Associate Researcher

2016.7 ~ now Tsinghua University, Department of Chemistry, Associate Professor

Research interests:

--Polymer synthesis methodology

--New functional polymers via multicomponent reactions

--Self-healing/adapting hydrogels and bio-applications


2021, Outstanding Reviewer of Polymer Chemistry (Journal)

2019, Clarivate, Highly cited researcher (Cross-field); Top Peer Reviewer

2018, Clarivate, Highly cited researcher (Cross-field)

2018, The first prize of the 8th young teachers teaching competition of Tsinghua University

Selected Publications

1. Zeng, Y.; Liu, G. Q.; Lv, T.; He, X. Z.; Wei, Y.; Pan, R. H.; Yang, L.*; Tao, L.*, Antioxidant Polymers via the Ugi Reaction for In Vivo Protection of UV-Induced Oxidative Stress. Chem Mater 2022, 34 (6), 2645–2654.

2. He, X. Z.; Zeng, Y.; Liu, G. Q.; Tian, Y.; Wei, Y.; Zhao, L. Y.; Yang, L.*; Tao, L.*, Magnetic Self-Healing Hydrogel from Difunctional Polymers Prepared via the Kabachnik-Fields Reaction. Acs Macro Lett 2022, 11 (1), 39-45.

3. Liu, G. Q.; Xu, Z. Y.; Dai, X. B.; Zeng, Y.; Wei, Y.; He, X. Z.; Yan, L. T.*; Tao, L.*, De Novo Design of Entropy-Driven Polymers Resistant to Bacterial Attachment via Multicomponent Reactions. J Am Chem Soc 2021, 143 (41), 17250-17260.

4. Liu, G. Q.; Zeng, Y.; Lv, T.; Mao, T. F.; Wei, Y.; Jia, S. J.; Gou, Y. Z.; Tao, L.*, High-throughput preparation of radioprotective polymers via Hantzsch's reaction for in vivo X-ray damage determination. Nat Commun 2020, 11 (1), 6214.

5. Liu, G. Q.; Zhang, Q.; Li, Y. S.; Wang, X.; Wu, H. B.; Wei, Y.; Zeng, Y.; Tao, L.*, High-Throughput Preparation of Antibacterial Polymers from Natural Product Derivatives via the Hantzsch Reaction. Iscience 2020, 23 (1), 100754.

6. Li, Y. S.; Yang, L.; Zeng, Y.; Wu, Y. W.; Wei, Y.; Tao, L.*, Self-Healing Hydrogel with a Double Dynamic Network Comprising Imine and Borate Ester Linkages. Chem Mater 2019, 31 (15), 5576-5583.

7. Mao, T. F.; Liu, G. Q.; Wu, H. B.; Wei, Y.; Gou, Y. Z.; Wang, J.; Tao, L.*, High Throughput Preparation of UV-Protective Polymers from Essential Oil Extracts via the Biginelli Reaction. J Am Chem Soc 2018, 140 (22), 6865-6872.

8. Sun, Q.; Liu, G. Q.; Wu, H. B.; Xue, H. D.; Zhao, Y.; Wang, Z. L.; Wei, Y.; Wang, Z. M.; Tao, L.*, Fluorescent Cell-Conjugation by a Multifunctional Polymer: A New Application of the Hantzsch Reaction. Acs Macro Lett 2017, 6 (5), 550-555.

9. Xue, H. D.; Zhao, Y.; Wu, H. B.; Wang, Z. L.; Yang, B.; Wei, Y.; Wang, Z. M.; Tao, L.*, Multicomponent Combinatorial Polymerization via the Biginelli Reaction. J Am Chem Soc 2016, 138 (28), 8690-8693.

10. Yang, B.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, X. Q.; Huang, Z. F.; Wei, Y.*; Tao, L.*, Fabrication of aggregation-induced emission based fluorescent nanoparticles and their biological imaging application: recent progress and perspectives. Mater Today 2016, 19 (5), 284-291.

11. Tao, L.*; Zhao, Y.; Yang, B.; Wei, Y.; Wu, H. B., Multicomponent Click Chemistry in Polymer Synthesis - New Opportunity for Polymer Chemistry. Acta Polym Sin 2016, (11), 1482-1494.

12. Zhang, Q. D.; Zhang, Y. L.; Zhao, Y.; Yang, B.; Fu, C. K.; Wei, Y.; Tao, L.*, Multicomponent Polymerization System Combining Hantzsch Reaction and Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer to Efficiently Synthesize Well-Defined Poly(1,4-dihydropyridine)s. Acs Macro Lett 2015, 4 (1), 128-132.