Professor Chi Zhang



PhD (Nanjing Univ), FRSC, FRACI


Professor Dr. Chi Zhang is a Research Professor (Level E) at the Research School of Chemistry, and the Co-Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Center for Functional Molecular Materials. He received PhD degree in chemistry from Nanjing University (China, 2000), and has been awarded Research Fellowships by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany, 2001), Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan, 2004), and Distinguished Young Scientist Award by National Natural Science Foundation (China, 2009). His research interests are concentrated on the designed synthesis, structure elucidation, third-order nonlinear optical properties and optoelectronic functions of transition metal clusters and supermolecules, organic-inorganic conjugated materials, nano particles and heterojunctions.


Research interests

Transition Metal Clusters/Supermolecules, Organic-Inorganic Conjugated Materials, Nano Particles/Heterojunctions and their Optoelectronic Functions

l   Correlations between molecular structures and nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters, porphyrins-functionalized graphenes or multi-/single-walled carbon nanotubes;

l   Third-order nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters or porphyrins-functionalized graphemes/carbon nanotubes as the molecular precursors for functional materials;

l   Rational design and molecular architecture of functionalized chalcogenide clusters and assemblies and porphyrins-functionalized graphemes/carbon nanotubes;

Facile fabrication of nanoparticles and nano-heterojunctions for photoelectrolysis and optical functions;


  • A.J. Wang, W. Yu, Z.G. Xiao, Y.L. Song, L.L. Long, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “A 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition protocol to porphyrin functionalized reduced graphene oxide with a push-pull motif”, Nano Research, 2015, 8(3), 870-886.
  • A.J. Wang, W. Yu, Y. Fang, Y.L. Song, D. Jia, L.L. Long, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Facile hydrothermal synthesis and optical limiting properties of TiO2-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites”, Carbon, 2015, 89, 130-141.
  • J.H. Li, D. Jia, S.C. Meng, J.F. Zhang, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Tetrazine-Chromophore-Based Cluster-Organic Frameworks with Unusual Configurations: Synthetic, Structural, Theoretical, Fluorescent and Nonlinear Optical Studies”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2015, 21(21), 7914-7926.
  • C.C. Lv, Z.B. Chen, Z.Z. Chen, B. Zhang, Y. Qin, Z.P. Huang, Chi Zhang, “Silicon Nanowires Loaded with Iron Phosphide for Effective Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production”, Journal of Materials Chemistry, A, 2015, 3(34), 17669-17675.
  • Z.Z. Xu, C.X. Wang, K.L. Jiang, H.H. Lin, Y.J. Huang, C. Zhang, “Microwave-Assisted Rapid Synthesis of Amphibious Yellow Fluorescent Carbon Dots as a Colorimetric Nanosensor for Cr(VI)”, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 2015, 32(12), 1058-1062.
  • Z.P Huang, C.C. Lv, Z.Z. Chen, Z.B. Chen, C. Zhang, “One-Pot Synthesis of Diiron Phosphide/Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Nanocomposite for Effective Hydrogen Generation”, Nano Energy, 2015, 12, 666–674.
  • C.X. Wang, H. Cheng, Y.Q. Sun, Z.Z. Xu, H.H. Lin, Q. Lin, C. Zhang, “Nanoclusters prepared from a silver/gold alloy as a fluorescent probe for selective and sensitive determination of lead(II)”, Microchimica Acta, 2015, 182(3-4), 695-701.
  • L.L. Long, Y.J. Wu, L. Wang, A.H. Gong, F.L. Hu, C. Zhang, “A fluorescent probe for hypochlorite based on the modulation of the unique rotation of the N–N single bond in acetohydrazide”, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 10435-10438.
  • C.X. Wang, Z.Z. Xu,H. Cheng, H.H. Lin, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “A hydrothermal route to water-stable luminescent carbon dots as nanosensors for pH and temperature”, Carbon, 2015, 82, 87-95.
  • C.X. Wang, H. Cheng, Y.J. Huang, Z.Z. Xu, H.H. Lin, C. Zhang, “Facile sonochemical synthesis of pH-responsive copper nanoclusters for selective and sensitive detection of Pb2+ in living cells”, Analyst, 2015, 140(16), 5634-5639.
  • 139) C.X. Wang, Z.Z. Xu, H.H. Lin, Y.J. Huang, C. Zhang, “Large scale synthesis of highly stable fluorescent carbon dots using silica spheres as carriers for targeted bioimaging of cancer cells”, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 2015, 32(10), 940-951.
  • H.H. Lin, C.X. Wang, J.P. Wu, Z.Z. Xu, Y.J. Huang, C. Zhang, “Colloidal synthesis of MoS2 quantum dots: size-dependent tunable photoluminescence and bioimaging”, New Journal of Chemistry, 2015, 39(11), 8492-8497.
  • L.L. Long, L. Wang, Y.J. Wu, A.H. Gong, Z.L. Da, Z.X. Han, C. Zhang, “Reaction-Based Fluorescent Probe for Detection of Endogenous Cyanide in Real Biological Samples”, Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 2014, 9(11), 3291-3298.
  • Z.P. Huang, Z.B. Chen, Z.Z. Chen, C.C. Lv, H. Meng, C. Zhang, “Ni12P5 Nanoparticles as an Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation via Electrolysis and Photoelectrolysis”, ACS Nano, 2014, 8(8), 8121-8129.
  • J. Qian, J.C. Hu, H. Yoshikawa, J.F. Zhang, K. Awaga, C. Zhang, “A Three-​Dimensional Hetero-​Bimetallic Coordination Polymer with Unusual (4,​5)​-​Connected Topology and Ferrimagnetic Property Based on Octacyanotungstate and Polydentate Ligand”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2014, 14(5), 2288-2295.
  • A.J. Wang, Y. Fang, W. Yu, L.L. Long, Y.L. Song, W. Zhao, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Allyloxyporphyrin-Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis by Radical Polymerization and Enhanced Optical-Limiting Properties”, Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 2014, 9(2), 639-648.
  • Z.P. Huang, M.Y. Li, D. Jia, P. Zhong, F. Tian, Z.Z. Chen, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “A Facile Approach to Hetero-Nanorods of Ag2Se-MSe (M = Cd, Zn) with Enhanced Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity”, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2014, 2(8), 1418-1426 (Front Cover).
  • C. Wang, C.X. Wang, L. Xu, H. Cheng, Q. Lin, C. Zhang, “Protein-Directed Synthesis of pH-Responsive Red Fluorescent Copper Nanoclusters and Their Applications in Cellular Imaging and Catalysis”, Nanoscale, 2014, 6(3), 1775-1781.
  • L.L. Long, L.P. Zhou, L. Wang, S.C. Meng, A.H. Gong, C. Zhang, “A Ratiometric Fluorescent Probe for Iron(III) and Its Application for Detection of Iron(III) in Human Blood Serum”, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2014, 812, 145-151.
  • Z.P. Huang, Z.Z. Chen, Z.B. Chen, C.C. Lv, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Cobalt phosphide nanorods as an efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction”, Nano Energy, 2014, 9, 373-382.
  • Z.P. Huang, C.F. Wang, Z.B. Chen, H. Meng, C.C. Lv, Z.Z. Chen, R.Q. Han, C. Zhang, “Tungsten Sulfide Enhancing Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production from Silicon Nanowires”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6(13), 10408-10414.
  • A.J. Wang, L.L. Long, W. Zhao, Y.L. Song, M.G. Humphrey, M.P. Cifuentes, X.Z. Wu, Y.S. Fu, D.D. Zhang, X.F. Li, C. Zhang, “Increased Optical Nonlinearities of Graphene Nanohybrids Covalently Functionalized by Axially-Coordinated Porphyrins”, Carbon, 2013, 53, 327-338.
  • A.J. Wang, Y. Fang, L.L. Long, Y.L. Song, W. Yu, W. Zhao, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Facile Synthesis and Enhanced Nonlinear Ooptical Properties of Porphyrin-Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2013, 19(42), 14159-14170 (Front Cover).
  • A.J. Wang, L.L. Long, S.C. Meng, X.F. Li, W. Zhao, Y.L. Song, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Cooperative Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearities in A Porphyrin Derivative Bearing A Pyrimidine Chromophore at the Periphery”, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2013, 11(25), 4250-4257.
  • J. Qian, J.C. Hu, J.F. Zhang, H. Yoshikawa, K. Awaga, C. Zhang, “Solvent-Induced Assembly of Octacyanometalates-Based Coordination Polymers with Unique afm1 Topology and Magnetic Properties”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2013, 13(12), 5211-5219.
  • L.L. Long, D.D. Zhang, X.F. Li, J.F. Zhang, L.P. Zhou, C. Zhang, “A Fluorescence Ratiometric Sensor for Hypochlorite based on A Novel Dual-Fluorophore Response Approach”, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2013, 775, 100-105.
  • L.L. Long, L.P. Zhou, L. Wang, S.C. Meng, A.H. Gong, F.Y. Du, C. Zhang, “A Coumarin-Based Fluorescent Probe for Biological Thiols and Its Application for Living Cell Imaging”, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2013, 11(47), 8214-8220.
  • Z.P. Huang, C.F. Wang, L. Pan, F. Tian, X.X. Zhang, C. Zhang, “Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production Using Silicon Nanowires@MoS3”, Nano Energy, 2013, 2(6), 1337-1346.
  • Z.P. Huang, P. Zhong, C.F. Wang, X.X. Zhang, C. Zhang, “Silicon Nanowires/ Reduced Graphene Oxide Composites for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Properties”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013, 5(6), 1961-1966.
  • T.T. You, J.L. Wang, H. Feng, K.M. Chen, W.L. Fan, R.S. Miao, C. Zhang, “The Competition between Template Growth and Catalytic Growth of One-Dimensional ZnS Nanostructures: Nanobelts or Nanowires”, Dalton Transactions, 2013, 42(21), 7724-7730.
  • J.H. Li, S.C. Meng, J.F. Zhang, Y.L. Song, Z.P. Huang, H.J. Zhao, H.Y. Wei, W.J. Huang, M.P. Cifuentes, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Solvent-Induced Syntheses of 2D/3D [AgSCN]n-Based Supramolecular Isomers with Unusual Topologies: Structural, Theoretical and Nonlinear Optical Studies”, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14(8), 2787-2796.
  • J.L. Wang, C.M. Yang, Z.P. Huang, M.G. Humphrey, D. Jia, T.T. You, K.M. Chen, Q. Yang, C. Zhang, “Seed-Catalyzed Heteroepitaxial Growth and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Zinc Selenide Nanowires”, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22(19), 10009-10014.
  • Z.P. Huang, R.X. Wang, D. Jia, M.Y. Li, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Low-Cost, Large-Scale, and Facile Production of Si Nanowires Exhibiting Enhanced Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2012, 4(3), 1553-1559.
  • J.F. Zhang, S.C. Meng, Y.L. Song, Y.M. Zhou, Y. Cao, J.H. Li, H.J. Zhao, J.C. Hu, J.H. Wu, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Syntheses, Structural, Theoretical, and Nonlinear Optical Studies of Non-Interpenetrating Three-Dimensional Nest-Shaped-Cluster [MoOS3Cu3]-Based Coordination Polymers”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2011, 11(1), 100-109.
  • J. Qian, H.J. Zhao, H.Y. Wei, J.H. Li, J.F. Zhang, H. Yoshikawa, K. Awaga, C. Zhang, “Two 3D coordination assemblies with same cluster configuration showing different magnetic behaviors: a ferromagnetic {[W(CN)8Co2(DMF)8][NO3]}n and a paramagnetic {W(CN)8Cu2(py)8}n”, CrystEngComm, 2011, 13(2), 517-523.
  • C. Zhang, T. Matsumoto, M. Samoc, S. Petrie, S.C. Meng, T. Christopher Corkery, R. Stranger, J.F. Zhang, M.G. Humphrey, K. Tatsumi, “Dodecanuclear-Ellipse and Decanuclear-Wheel Nickel(II) Thiolato Clusters with Efficient Femtosecond Nonlinear Absorption”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, 49(25), 4209-4212 (Front Cover).
  • J.F. Zhang, S.C. Meng, Y.L. Song, H.J. Zhao, J.H. Li, G.J. Qu, L. Sun, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “Facile Syntheses and Tunable Non-Linear Optical Properties of Heterothiometallic Clusters with [MS4Ag2] Units (M = Mo, W)”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2010, 16(47), 13946-13950.
  • J. Qian, H. Yoshikawa, J.F. Zhang, H.J. Zhao, K. Awaga, C. Zhang, “Heterobimetallic Tungsten/Molybdenum(IV)-Copper(II) MOFs Constructed by a Unique 2D®3D Architecture and Exhibiting New Topology and Magnetic Properties”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2009, 9(12), 5351-5355.
  • C. Zhang, Y. Cao, J.F. Zhang, S.C. Meng, T. Matsumoto, Y.L. Song, J. Ma, Z.X. Chen, K. Tatsumi, M.G. Humphrey, “Modulation of Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties by Backbone Modification at Polymeric Pillared-Layer Heterometallic Clusters”, Advanced Materials, 2008, 20(10), 1870-1875.
  • J.F. Zhang, Y.L. Song, J.Y. Yang, M.G. Humphrey, C. Zhang, “A single-bridge strategy for synthesis of a 3-D heterobimetallic cluster with a heavily-distorted diamondoid topology and enhanced third-order nonlinear optical properties”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2008, 8(2), 387-390.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, X. Wang, “Correlations between molecular structures and third-order nonlinear optical functions of heterothiometallic clusters: A comparative study”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2007, 251(1-2), 111-141.
  • C. Zhang, S. Takada, M. Kölzer, T. Matsumoto, K. Tatsumi, “New Nickel(II) Thiolato Clusters with A Flexible Cyclo-Ni10S20 Framework”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2006, 45(23), 3768-3772 (Frontispiece).
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, X. Wang, F.E. Kühn, Y.X. Wang, Y. Xu, X.Q. Xin, “Large third-order optical nonlinearity of two cubane-like clusters containing oxotrithiometalate anions and silver: synthesis, characterization, reactivity, and NLO properties–structure correlation”, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2003, 13(3), 571-579.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, F.E. Kühn, Y.X. Wang, X.Q. Xin, W.A. Herrmann, “Ultrafast response and superior optical limiting effects of the planar 'open' heterothiometallic clusters”, Advanced Materials, 2002, 14(11), 818-822.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, F.E. Kühn, Y.X. Wang, H.K. Fun, X.Q. Xin, “Study on a series of pentanuclear planar 'open' clusters: synthesis, characterization, strong third-order optical nonlinearities and superior optical limiting properties”, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2002, 12(2), 239-248.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, F.E. Kühn, Y.X. Wang, H.K. Fun, X.Q. Xin, W.A. Herrmann, “Sign alteration of nonlinear refraction of the isomorphous cubane-shaped heterothiometallic clusters originating from a skeleton atomic effect”, New Journal Chemistry, 2002, 26(1), 58-65.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, B.M. Fung, Z.L. Xue, X.Q. Xin, “A new approach to superior optical limiting materials - planar 'open' heterothiometallic clusters”, Chemical Communications, 2001, (9), 843-844.
  • C. Zhang, G.C. Jin, J.X. Chen, X.Q. Xin, K.P. Qian, “The characteristic IR spectra of heterothiometallic cluster compounds”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2001, 213(1), 51-77.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, Y. Xu, H.K. Fun, G.Y. Fang, Y.X. Wang, X.Q. Xin, “Studies on two Interesting microporous polymeric clusters {[Et4N]2[MS4(CuCN)4]}n (M = Mo, W) with three-dimensional open-framework: synthesis, structural characterization, strong optical nonlinearities and large optical limiting properties”, Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 2000, (16), 2823-2829.
  • C. Zhang, Y.L. Song, G.C. Jin, G.Y. Fang, Y.X. Wang, S.S.S. Raj, H.K. Fun, X.Q. Xin, “Two novel anion cluster compounds with planar 'open' structure [Et4N]2[MS4Cu4(SCN)4(2-pic)4] (M = W, Mo): synthesis, structural characterization, nonlinear response and large optical limiting properties”, Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 2000, (8), 1317-1323.

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