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
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
- 2017.7- now, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, NUS
- 2014.7 - 2017.6, Dean’s Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, NUS
- 2012.1 - 2017.6, 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)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award from Japan (2017)
- Asian Core Program Lectureship Award from Korea (2017)
(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 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, 81-92 (selected as the Cover of the January 2017 issue).
- “Fluorenyl Based Macrocyclic Polyradicaloids”, X. Lu, S. Lee, Y. Hong, H. Phan, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, T. S. Herng, T. Tanaka, M. E. Sandoval, W. Zeng, J. Ding, D. Casanova, A. Osuka, D. Kim* and J. Wu*, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 13173-13183 (selected as Cover).
- “Toward Stable Superbenzoquinone Diradicaloids”, G. Li, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, C. Liu, W. Zeng, J. Ding and J. Wu*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 5012-5016.
- “Conformationally Flexible Bis(9-fluorenylidene)porphyrin Diradicaloids”, H. Zhang, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, W. Zeng, J. Ding and J. Wu*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 13484–13488.
- “Stable Oxindolyl-based Analogues of Chichibabin’s and Müller’s Hydrocarbons”, J. Wang, X. Xu, H. Phan, T. S. Herng, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, G. Li, J. Ding, and J. Wu*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 14154-14158.
- “Three-dimensionally π-Conjugated Diradical Molecular Cage”,X. Gu, T. Y. Gopalakrishna, H. Phan, Y. Ni, T. S. Herng, J. Ding, and J. Wu*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 15383-15387.
- “Tuning Magnetoresistance in MolybdenumDisulphide and Graphene using a Molecular SpinTransition”, S. Datta, Y. Cai, I. Yudhistira, Z. Zeng, Y.-W. Zhang, H. Zhang, S. Adam, J. Wu* and K. P. Loh*, Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 677. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00727-w.
- “Efficient singlet fission and triplet-pair emission in a family of zethrene diradicaloids”, S. Lukman, J. M. Richter, L. Yang, P. Hu, J. Wu*, N. C. Greenham*, and A. J. Musser*, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 18376-18385.
- “After 60 Years of Efforts: The Chemical Synthesis of a Carbon Nanobelt”, X. Lu and J. Wu*, Chem 2017, 2, 619-620 (Preview for paper Science 2017, 356, 172-175)
- “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)
- “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.
- “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.