Dr. Zhaocun SHEN


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering

The University of Tokyo


shen@macro.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Dr. Zhaocun Shen was born in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China in 1989. He received his B. Eng degree (Major in Polymer Materials and Engineering) from Qingdao University in 2011. In 2016, he obtained his Ph. D for the work on “Supramolecular Gels Based on Achiral C3-Symmetric Molecules and Their Supramolecular Chirality” under the supervision of Prof. Minghua Liu and Prof. Tianyu Wang at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) at Beijing. Currently he is a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His current research is focused on supramolecular glue for cells and tissues.



Education:

B. Eng.  Qingdao University, China (2011)

Ph. D.   Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2016)



Antecedents:

2011.09-2016.07: Graduate student at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Minghua Liu and Prof. Tianyu Wang

2016.11-Present: Postdoctoral fellow at Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan in the research group of Prof. Takuzo Aida



Publications:

Self-assembly of hierarchical chiral nanostructures based on metal-benzimidazole interactions: chiral nanofibers, nanotubes, and microtubular flowers

X. Q. Zhou, Q. X. Jin, L. Zhang, Z. C. Shen, L. Jiang, M. H. Liu

Small 2016, 12, 4743−4752.


Chiral nanoarchitectonics: towards the design, self-assembly, and function of nanoscale chiral twists and helices

L. Zhang, T. Y. Wang, Z. C. Shen, M. H. Liu

Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 1044−1059.


Symmetry breaking in the supramolecular gels of an achiral gelator exclusively driven by π-π stacking.

Z. C. Shen, Y. Q. Jiang, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 16109−16115.


Strong circularly polarized luminescence from the supramolecular gels of an achiral gelator: tunable intensity and handedness.

Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, L. Shi, Z. Y. Tang, M. H. Liu

Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 4267−4272.


Self-assembly of organic molecules into nanostructures

L. Qin, K. Lv, Z. C. Shen, M. H. Liu

Soft Matter Nanotechnology: From Structure to Function, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany 2015, pp. 21−94. (Book Chapter)


Supramolecular copolymers obtained from two-component gels: metal ion-mediated cross-linking, enhanced viscoelasticity and supramolecular yarns.

L. Wang, Y. Q. Liu, Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 15874−15877.


Macroscopic chirality of supramolecular gels formed from achiral tris(ethyl cinnamate) benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides.

Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 13424−13428.


Tuning the gelation ability of racemic mixture by melamine: enhanced mechanical rigidity and tunable nanoscale chirality

Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

Langmuir 2014, 30, 10772−10778.


H-bond and π-π stacking directed self-assembly of two-component supramolecular nanotubes: tuning length, diameter and wall thickness

Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 2096−2099. (Back Cover)


Sensitive and photo-triggered transformation of hierarchical helices assembled from achiral bolaamphiphiles.

X. F. Liu, Z. C. Shen, T. Y. Wang, M. H. Liu

J.Colloid Interf. Sci., 2014, 435, 1−7.