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Shaohua Zhang

Post Doctoral Associate

Institute for Molecules and Materials


Shaohua Zhang received his PhD degree in Technology of Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University, China. During his PhD, he worked on photo-biocatalytic artificial photosynthesis by coupling the activity and selectivity of enzyme and light harvesting capability of semiconductor. His experience covers from enzyme immobilization (including dehydrogenase, oxidase and PS II), synthesis and characterization of semiconductor quantum dots (including CdS, phosphorus and g-C3N4 quantum dots), to photo-biocatalytic artificial photosynthesis through the compartmentalized immobilization of enzyme and quantum dots (artificial thylakoid, artificial photosynthetic capsules etc.). He joined Prof. Wilson’s group as a postdoc in 2019. His current research interest focuses on the integration of artificial photosynthesis into supramolecular nanomotors for intelligent motion driven by light and water.

Projects for students

  • Light-driven acceleration of enzymatic nanomotors.
  • Artificial photosynthetic stomatocyte for intelligent movement.
  • Light and magnetic dual controlled nanomotors.

Academic Achievements

  • 35 peer viewed journal papers (including ACS CatalysisChemical Society Reviews, etc.);
  • Total Impact Factors are around 280, total citations are 590 times;
  • 7 first-author papers (1ACS Catalysis3ACS Appl. Mater. InterfacesMater. Today, etc.);
  • Research results have been highlighted by ACS publicationsX-MOL and Rationalscience;
  • The H-index is 13;
  • Conference Presentations (oral presentations or posters);
  • patents and 2 book chapters

Selection of publications

  1. S. Zhang, J. Shi, Y. Sun, Y. Wu, Y. Zhang, Z. Cai, Y. Chen, C. You, P. Han, Z. Jiang. Artificial thylakoid for the coordinated photo-enzymatic reduction of carbon dioxide. ACS Catalysis, 2019, 9, 3913-3925. (Front Cover, IF= 12.221, Citation=1)
  2. Zhang, J. Shi, Y. Zhang, Y. Wu, Y. Chen, P. B. Messersmith, Z. Jiang. Polymer@MOFs capsules prepared through controlled interfacial mineralization for switching on/off enzymatic reactions. Appl. Mater. Today, 2018, 13, 320-328. (IF=8.013, Citation=1)
  3. Zhang, Z. Jiang, W. Qian, J. Shi, X. Wang, L. Tang, H. Zou, H. Liu. Preparation of ultrathin, robust nanohybrid capsules through a “beyond biomineralization” method. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 12841-12850. (IF=8.456, Citation=2)
  4. Zhang, Z. Jiang, J. Shi, X. Wang, P. Han, W. Qian. An efficient, recyclable, and stable immobilized biocatalyst based on bioinspired microcapsules-in-hydrogel scaffolds. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 25152-25161. (IF=8.456, Citation=6)
  5. Zhang, Z. Jiang, X. Wang, C. Yang, J. Shi, Facile method to prepare microcapsules inspired by polyphenol chemistry for efficient enzyme immobilization. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 19570-19578. (IF=8.456, Citation=28)
  6. Zhang, Z. Jiang, W. Zhang, X. Wang, J. Shi. Polymer-inorganic microcapsules fabricated by combining biomimetic adhesion and bioinspired mineralization and their use for catalase immobilization. Biochem. Eng. J., 2015, 93, 281-288. (IF=3.371, Citation=15)
  7. Shi, S. Zhang (co-first author), X. Wang, C. Yang, Z. Jiang. Preparation and enzymatic application of flower-like hybrid microcapsules through a biomimetic mineralization approach. J. Mat. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 4289-4296. (IF=5.047, Citation=18)