Dr Huangtianzhi Zhu 


Huangtianzhi Zhu was born in Hubei, China in 1993. He studied in the Pursuit Science Class (chemistry) of the Chu Kochen Honors College at Zhejiang University from 2012 to 2016 and obtain a B.S. degree. In 2013, he joined Prof. Yanguang Wang’s group as an undergraduate student studying synthetic methodology, and then in 2015, joined the group of Prof. Feihe Huang, working on pillararenes. In 2016, he became a master student in Department of Polymer Science and Engineering of the Zhejiang University under guidance of Prof. Feihe Huang and Prof. Zhengwei Mao in supramolecular biomaterials and he returned to the Department of Chemistry as a PhD candidate in 2019. Huangtianzhi completed his PhD in Huang’s group in 2021. He also had a chance to visit the group of Prof. Peter J. Stang in 2020, working on coordination-driven self-assembly. In September 2021, Huangtianzhi began to work as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Jonathan Nitschke’s group at the University of Cambridge. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, swimming and table tennis.


Selective publication list

  1. Zhu, H.; Badía-Domínguez, I.; Shi, B.; Li, Q.; Wei, P.; Xing, H.;* Ruiz Delgado, M. C.;* Huang, F.* “Cyclization-promoted ultralong low-temperature phosphorescence via boosting intersystem crossing” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 2164–2169.

  2. Zhu, H.; Li, Q.; Khalil-Cruz, L. E.; Khashab, N. M.;* Yu, G.;* Huang, F.* “Pillararene-based supramolecular systems for theranostics and bioapplications” Sci. China Chem., 2020, 64, 688–700.

  3. Zhu, H.;# Li, Q.;# Shi, B.; Xing, H.; Sun, Y.;* Lu, S.; Shangguan, L.; Li, X.; Huang, F.;* Stang, P. J.* “Formation of Planar Chiral Platinum Triangles via Pillar[5]arene for Circularly Polarized Luminescence” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 17340–17345.

  4. Zhu, H.; Li, Q.; Shi, B.; Ge, F.; Liu, Y.; Mao, Z.; Zhu, H.; Wang, S.;* Yu, G.;* Huang, F.;* Stang, P. J.* “Dual-Emissive Platinum(II) Metallacage with a Sensitive Oxygen Response for Imaging of Hypoxia and Imaging-Guided Chemotherapy” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 20208–20214. Very Important Paper (VIP).

  5. Zhu, H.; Li, Q.; Gao, Z.; Wang, H.; Shi, B.; Wu, Y.; Shangguan, L.; Hong, X.;* Wang, F.;* Huang, F.* “Pillararene Host–Guest Complexation Induced Chirality Amplification: A New Way to Detect Cryptochiral Compounds” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 10868–10872.

  6. Zhu, H.; Wang, H.; Shi, B.; Shangguan, L.; Tong, W.; Yu, G.;* Mao, Z.;* Huang, F.* “Supramolecular peptide constructed by molecular Lego allowing programmable self-assembly for photodynamic therapy” Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 2412.

  7. Zhu, H.; Shangguan, L.; Shi, B.; Yu, G.*; Huang, F.* “Recent progress in macrocyclic amphiphiles and macrocyclic host-based supra-amphiphiles” Mater. Chem. Front. 2018, 2, 2152−2174.

  8. Zhu, H.;# Liu, J.;# Shi, B.; Wang, H.; Mao, Z.*; Shan, T.*; Huang, F.* “Pillararene-Based Host−Guest Recognition Facilitated Magnetic Separation and Enrichment of Cell Membrane Proteins” Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, 2, 1475−1480. #first co-author.

  9. Zhu, H.; Shi, B.; Gao, L.; Liu, Y.; Liu, P.-R.; Shangguan, L.; Mao, Z.*; Huang, F.* “Pillar[5]arene-based chiral 3D polymer network for heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis” Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 7108−7112.

  10. Zhu, H.; Shangguan, L.; Xia, D.; Mondal J. H.; Shi, B.* “Control on the photo-responsive assembly of a stilbene-containing amphiphile by using pillar[5]arene-based host–guestinteractions” Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 8913−8917.

  11. Zhu, H.; Shi, B.; Chen, K.; Wei, P.; Xia, D.; Mondal, J. H.; Huang, F* “Cyclo[4]carbazole, An Iodide Anion-Selective Macrocyclic Receptor” Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 5054−5057.

  12. Wu, Y.; Shangguan, L.; Li, Q.; Cao, J.; Liu, Y.; Wang, Z.; Zhu, H.;* Wang, F.;* Huang, F.* “Chemoresponsive Supramolecular Polypseudorotaxanes with Infinite Switching Capability” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 19997−20002.

  13. Wu, Y.; Zhou, J.; Li, E.; Wang, M.; Jie, K.; Zhu, H.;* Huang, F.* “Selective Separation of Methylfuran and Dimethylfuran by Nonporous Adaptive Crystals of Pillararenes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 19722-19730.

  14. Wu, Y.; Shangguan, L.; Liu, P.; Liu, Y.; Li, Q.; Cao, J.; Zhu, H.* “Light and reduction responsive supra-amphiphile for controllable fluorescence based on Pillar[6]arene” Tetrahedron, 2020, 76, 131549.

  15. Li, Q.;# Wu, Y.;# Liu, Y.; Shangguan, L.; Shi, B.;* Zhu, H.* “Rationally Designed Self-Immolative Rotaxane Sensor Based on Pillar[5]arene for Fluoride Sensing” Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 6662–6666.

  16. Li, Q.; Liu, Y.; Liu, P.; Shangguan, L.; Zhu, H.*, Shi, B.* “Solvent-Controlled Assembly of Pillar[5]arene-Based Supramolecular Polymer via π-π Interaction for White Light Modulation” Org. Chem. Front., 2020, 7, 399-404