Jiannian Yao
Elected as CAS Academician in 2005
Institute of Chemistry,The Chinese Academy of Sciences
Add:No.2 1st North Street Zhongguancun Beijing P.R.China

Research Areas

(1)  Organic functional nanostructures: fabrication and characterization

(2)  Design, preparation and application of inorganic/organic photochromic materials

(3)  Inorganic functional nanostructures: Fabrication and applications

(4)  Biomimetic supramolecular chemistry and optoelectronic functional materials


Work Experience

2008.1-present, Vice President, the National Natural Science Foundation of China;
2000.4-2008.3, Vice President, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences; 
1999.9-present, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences; 
1995.8-1999.4, Professor, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Honors & Distinctions

2004, as the first contributor, the project "Fundamental Study and Applied Exploration of Some Novel Photo-functional Materials" was awarded "Second-class prize from the National Awards for Natural Science" in China



1.       J. N. Yao, K. Hashimoto and A. Fujishima, Photochromism induced in an electrolytically pretreated MoO3 thin film by visible light. Nature, 1992, 355 (6361), 624-626.

2.       Hongbing Fu, Jiannian Yao, Size Effects on the Optical Properties of Organic Nanoparticlesm J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 1231434-1439.

3.       Hongbing Fu, Boon H. Loo, Debao Xiao, Ruimin Xie, Xuehai Ji, Jiannian Yao, Baowen Zhang and Lianqi Zhang, Multiple Emissions from 1,3-Diphenyl-5-pyrenyl-2-pyrazoline Nanoparticles: Evolution from Molecular to Nanoscale to Bulk materials, Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2002, 41(6), 962-965.

4.       Hongbing Fu, Debao Xiao, Jiannian Yao, Guoqiang Yang, naofibers of 1,3-Diphenyl-2-pyrazoline Induced by Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide Micelles, Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2003, 42, 2883-2886.

5.       Debao Xiao, Lu Xi, Wensheng Yang, Hongbing Fu, Zhigang Shuai, Yan Fang, and Jiannian Yao, Size-tunable emission from 1,3-Diphenyl-5-(2-anthryl)-2-pyrazoline Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 6740-6745.

6.       Zhiyuan Tian, Yu Chen, Wensheng Yang, Jiannian Yao, Lingyun Zhu, Zhigang Shuai , Low-Dimensional Aggregates from Stilbazolium-Like Dyes, Angew Chem. Int. Ed., 2004, 43 (31), 4060-4063.

7.       Debao Xiao, Wensheng Yang, Jiannian Yao, Lu Xi, Xia Yang, Zhigang Shuai, Size-Dependent Exciton Chirality in (R)-(+)-1,1’-Bi-2-naphthol dimethyl ether Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 15439-15444.

8.       Ai-Dong Peng, De-Bao Xiao, Ying Ma, Wen-Sheng Yang and Jian-Nian Yao, Tunable emission From Doped 1, 3, 5-Triphenyl-2-pyrazoline Organic Nano- particles, Adv. Mater., 2005, 17, 2070-2073.

9.       Tao He and Jiannian Yao, Photochromism in composite and hybrid materials based on transition-metal oxides and polyoxometalates, Prog. Mater. Sci., 2006, 51, 810-879.

10.    Longtian Kang,  Zhechen Wang,  Zongwei Cao, Ying Ma, Hongbing Fu, and Jiannian Yao, A Colloid Chemical Reaction Route to the Preparation of Nearly Monodispersed Perylene Nanoparticles: Size-Tunable Synthesis and Three Dimensional Self-Organization, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129(23), 7305-7312.

11.    Yongsheng Zhao, Hongbing Fu, Fengqin Hu, Aidong Peng, Jiannian Yao, Multicolor Emission from Ordered Assemblies of Organic 1D Nanomaterials, Adv. Mater., 2007, 19, 3554-3558.

12.    Yong Sheng Zhao, Hongbing Fu, Fengqin Hu, Aidong Peng, Wensheng Yang, Jiannian Yao, Tunable Emission from Binary Organic One-Dimensional Nanomaterials: an Alternative Approach to White-Light Emission, Adv. Mater., 2008, 20 (1), 79-83.