Research Areas

Molecular wires and Switches

Phosphorescent Materials

Organic Light-emitting Diodes

Structural Chemistry



1982 – 1985        Graduated from College of Yichun, China

1988 – 1991        Master Degree from Lanzhou University, China

1991 – 1994        Ph. D. from Nanjing University, China


1994 – 1996    Post-doc. in Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, China

1996 – 1997   Associate Professor in School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Zhongshan  University, China

1998 – 1999   Humboldt Research Fellow in Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Freiburg University, Germany

1999 – 2001   JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow in Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

2001–             Professor of Chemistry in Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Work Experience
Teaching Experience


  1. Liang-Jin Xu, Cheng-Zhe Sun, Hui Xiao, Yue Wu, Zhong-Ning Chen*, Green Light Emitting Diodes Based on Tetrabromide Manganese(II) Complex through Solution Process, Adv. Mater. 2016, accepted.

  2. Liang-Jin Xu, Xian-Chong Zeng, Jin-Yun Wang, Li-Yi Zhang, Yun Chi,* and Zhong-Ning Chen*, Phosphorescent PtAu2 Complexes with Differently Positioned Carbazole−Acetylide Ligands for Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with External Quantum Efficiencies of over 20%, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 20251−20257.

  3. Dao-Bin Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang, Denis Jacqueminc, and Zhong-Ning Chen*, Spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of ruthenium complexes with photochromic triarylamine–dithienylethene–acetylide ligands, Inorg. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 1432–1443.

  4. Xian-Chong Zeng, Jin-Yun Wang, Liang-Jin Xu,a Hui-Min Wen*, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Solution-processed OLEDs Based on Phosphorescent PtAu2Complexes with Phenothiazine-functionalized Acetylides,J. Mater. Chem. C2016,4, 6096-6103.

  5. Hui-Min Wen, Jin-Yun Wang,* Li-Yi Zhang, Lin-Xi Shi, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Syntheses, Characterization, Electrochemical and Spectroscopic Properties of Ruthenium-Iron Complexes of 2,3,5,6-Tetrakis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine and Ferrocene-Acetylide Ligands,Dalton Trans.2016,45, 10620–10629.

  6. Yang Yang, Junyang Liu, Shi Feng, Huimin Wen, Jinghua Tian, Jueting Zheng, Bernd Schöllhorn, Christian Amatore,Zhongning Chen,*Zhongqun Tian,* Unexpected current–voltage characteristics of mechanically modulated atomic contacts with the presence of molecular junctions in an electrochemically assisted–MCBJ,Nano Research2016,9, 560-570.

  7. Liang-Jin Xu, Xu Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang andZhong-Ning Chen*, High-efficiency solution-processed OLEDs based on cationic Ag6Cu heteroheptanuclear cluster complexes with aromatic acetylides,J. Mater. Chem. C2016,4, 1787—1794 (封面论文).

  8. Yi Zhang, Wei-Qiang Liao, Da-Wei Fu, Heng-Yun Ye,Zhong-Ning Chen, and Ren-Gen Xiong*, Highly Efficient Red-Light Emission in An Organic−Inorganic Hybrid Ferroelectric: (Pyrrolidinium)MnCl3,J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015,137, 4928−4931.

  9. Heng-Yun Ye, QiongHua Zhou, XiangHong Niu, Wei-Qiang Liao, Da-Wei Fu, Yi Zhang, Yu-Meng You*, Jinlan Wang*, Zhong-Ning Chen, and Ren-Gen Xiong*,J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015,137, 13148–13154.

  10. Yi Zhang, Wei-Qiang Liao, Da-Wei Fu, Heng-Yun Ye, Cai-Ming Liu, Zhong-Ning Chen, Ren-Gen Xiong1,* The First Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Luminescent Multiferroic: (Pyrrolidinium)MnBr3,Adv. Mater.2015,27, 3942-3946.

  11. Bin Li, Hui-Min Wen, Jin-Yun Wang, Lin-Xi Shi, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Multistate and Multicolor Photochromism through Selective Cycloreversion in Asymmetric Platinum(II) Complexes with Two Different Dithienylethene−Acetylides,Inorg. Chem.2015,54, 11511−11519.

  12. Jian Luo, Xiao-Feng Zhu, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Fe2+-Responsive Bimodal MRI and Fluorescent Imaging Probe Based on a Gadolinium(III) Complex,Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2015, 3087–3093.

  13. Liang-Jin Xu, Jin-Yun Wang, Xiao-Feng Zhu, Xian-Chong Zeng, andZhong-Ning Chen,*Phosphorescent Cationic Au4Ag2Alkynyl Cluster Complexes for Efficient Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes,Adv. Funct. Mater.2015,25, 3033–3042.

  1. Silvanose Biju, Liang-Jin Xu, Cheng-Zhe Sun andZhong-Ning Chen*, White OLEDs based on a novel EuIII-tetrakis-bdiketonate doped into 4,40-N,N’-dicarbazolebiphenyl as emitting material,J. Mater. Chem. C2015,3, 5775-5782.

  2. Jia Li, Xiao-Feng Zhu, Li-Yi Zhang andZhong-Ning Chen*, Structures and luminescence properties of diethyldithiocarbamate-bridged polynuclear gold(I) cluster complexes with diphosphine/triphosphine,RSC Adv.2015,5, 34992–34998.

  3. Guang-Tao Xu, Bin Li, Jin-Yun Wang, Dao-Bin Zhang, andZhong-Ning Chen,*Regulation of Charge Delocalization in a Heteronuclear Fe2Ru System by a Stepwise Photochromic Process,Chem. Eur. J.2015,21, 3318–3326.

  4. Lifen Chen,Zhong-Ning Chen,*A multifunctional label-free electrochemical impedance biosensor for Hg2+, adenosine triphosphate and thrombin,Talanta2015,32, 664–668

  5. Jian Luo, Li-Feng Chen, Ping Hu, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Tetranuclear Gadolinium(III) Porphyrin Complex as a Theranostic Agent for Multimodal Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy,Inorg. Chem.2014,53, 4184−4191.

  6. Liang-Jin Xu, Guang-Tao Xu,Zhong-Ning Chen,*Recent Advances in lanthanide luminescence with metal-organic chromophores as sensitizers,Coord. Chem. Rev.2014,273-274, 47-62.

  7. Dao-Bin Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang, Hui-Min Wen, andZhong-Ning Chen*,Electrochemical, Spectroscopic, and Theoretical Studies on Diethynyl Ligand Bridged Ruthenium Complexes with 1,3-Bis(2-pyridylimino)isoindolate,Organometallics2014,33, 4738−4746.

  8. Pinxian Xi, Liang Huang, Zhihong Xu, Fengjuan Chen, Li An, Ben Wang andZhong-Ning Chen,*Low cost and robust soot dipped polyurethane sponge for highly efficient and recyclable oil and organic solvent cleanup,RSC Adv.2014,4, 59481-59485.

  9. Ying-Qi Xu, Jian Luo, andZhong-Ning Chen,*Zn2+-Responsive Bimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Fluorescence Imaging Agents and Their Interaction with Human Serum Albumin,Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2014, 3208–3215.

  10. 徐广涛,李佳,陈忠宁*,乙炔功能化2,2:6,2’’-三联吡啶异三核铂-()配合物敏化稀土近红外发光,化学学报,2014,72, 667—672.

  11. Pinxian Xi, Zhihong Xu, Daqiang Gao, Fengjuan Chen, Desheng Xue, Chun-Lan Tao,* andZhong-Ning Chen*, Solvothermal Synthesis of Magnetic Copper Nitride Nanocubes with Highly Electrocatalytic Reduction Properties,RSC Adv.2014,4, 14206-14209.

  12. Bin Li, Hui-Min Wen, Jin-Yun Wang, Lin-Xi Shi,Zhong-Ning Chen,*Modulating Stepwise Photochromism in Platinum(II) Complexes with Dual Dithienylethene−Acetylides by a Progressive Red Shift of Ring-Closure Absorption,Inorg. Chem.2013,52,12511−12520.

  13. Jiang-Jin Xu, Jin-Yun Wang, Li-Yi Zhang, Lin-Xi Shi,Zhong-Ning Chen,*Structures and Phosphorescence Properties of Triphosphine-Supported Au2Ag2and Au8Ag4Alkynyl Cluster Complexes,Organometallics2013,32, 5402-5408.

  14. Na Zhao, Yu-Hui Wu, Jian Luo, Lin-Xi Shi, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Aggregation-induced phosphorescence of iridium(III) complexes with 2,2'-bipyridine-acylhydrazone and their highly selective recognition to Cu2+,Analyst2013,138, 894–900.

  15. Lifen Chen, Hanye Zheng, Xi Zhu, Zhenyu Lin*, Longhua Guo, Bin Qiu, Guonan Chen, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Metal–organic frameworks-based biosensor for sequence-specific recognition of double-stranded DNA,Analyst2013,138, 3490–3493.

  16. Hai-Bing Xu,* Jian-Guo Deng, Li-Yi Zhang,Zhong-Ning Chen*, Structural and Photophysical Studies on Geometric (Er2Yb2/Yb2Er2) and Configurational (EuTb3/Eu3Tb) Isomers of Heterotetranuclear Lanthanide(III) Complexes,Cryst. Growth Des.2013,13, 849−857.

  17. Hui-Min Wen, Yang Yang, Xiao-Shun Zhou, Jun-Yang Liu, Dao-Bin Zhang, Zhao-Bin Chen, Jin-Yun Wang,Zhong-Ning Chen*and Zhong-Qun Tian*, Electrical conductance study on 1,3-butadiyne-linked dinuclear ruthenium(II) complexes within single molecule break junctions,Chem. Sci.2013,4,2471–2477.

  1. Li-Yi Zhang, Liang-Jin Xu, Xu Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang, Jia Li, andZhong-Ning Chen*,Spectroscopic and Phosphorescent Modulation in Triphosphine-Supported PtAg2Heterotrinuclear Alkynyl Complexes,Inorg. Chem.2013,52,5167−5175.

  2. Jia Li, Jin-Yun Wang,Zhong-Ning Chen*,Sensitized EuIIIluminescence through energy transfer from PtM2(M = Ag or Au) alkynyl chromophores in PtM2Eu2heteropentanuclear complexes,J. Mater. Chem. C2013,1,3661–3668.

  1. Hui-Min Wen, Bin Li, Jin-Yun Wang, Lin-Xi Shi, Chang-Neng Chen, andZhong-Ning Chen*,Multistate Photochromism in a Ruthenium Complex with Dithienylethene−Acetylide,Organometallics2013,32,1759−1765.

  2. Bin Li, Jin-Yun Wang, Hui-Min Wen, Lin-Xi Shi, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Redox-Modulated Stepwise Photochromism in a Ruthenium Complex with Dual Dithienylethene-Acetylides,J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012,134, 16059-16067.

  3. Xu Zhang, Bin Li, Zhong-Hui Chen andZhong-Ning Chen*, Luminescence vapochromism in solid materials based on metal complexes for detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs),J. Mater. Chem.2012,22, 11427–11441.Feature Article

  4. Xu Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang, Jun Ni, Li-Yi Zhang, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Vapochromic and Mechanochromic Phosphorescence Materials Based on a Platinum(II) Complex with 4-Trifluoromethylphenylacetylide.Inorg. Chem.2012,51, 5569-5579.

  5. Jian Luo, Wei-Sheng Li, Peng Xu, Li-Yi Zhang, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Zn2+Responsive Bimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Fluorescent Imaging Probe Based on a Gadolinium(III) Complex,Inorg. Chem.2012,51, 9508−9516.

  6. Bin Li, Yu-Hui Wu, Hui-Min Wen, Lin-Xi Shi andZhong-Ning Chen*, Gold(I)-Coordination Triggered Multistep and Multiple Photochromic Reactions in Multi-Dithienylethene (DTE) Systems,Inorg. Chem.2012,51, 1933-1942.

  7. Wei-Sheng Li, Jian Luo, Feng Jiang andZhong-Ning Chen*, A Gd3Al tetranuclear complex as a potential bimodal MRI/optical imaging agent,Dalton Trans.2012,41, 9405–9410.

  8. Zhong-Hui Chen, Li-Yi Zhang andZhong-Ning Chen*, Structural Characterization and Luminescence Properties of a Triphosphine-Stabilized Ag16Cu9Heterometallic Alkynyl Cluster,Organometallics2012,31, 256−260.

  9. Jun-Zhi Fu, Xu Zhang, Jin-Yun Wang, Li-Yi Zhang,Zhong-Ning Chen*, Syntheses and photophysical properties of cyclometallated iridium (III) acetylide complexes,Inorg. Chem. Commun.2012,22, 123–125.

  10. Wei-Sheng Li, Jian Luo,Zhong-Ning Chen*, A self-assembly heterotrinuclear gadolinium(III)–iron(II) complex as a MRI contrast agent,Inorg. Chem. Commun.2011,14, 1898–1900.

  11. Jun Ni, Xu Zhang, Nan Qiu, Yu-Hui Wu, Li-Yi Zhang, Jing Zhang*,Zhong-Ning Chen*, Mechanochromic Luminescence Switch of Platinum(II) Complexes with 5-Trimethylsilylethynyl-2,2'-bipyridine,Inorg. Chem.2011,50, 9090-9096.

  12. Hui-Min Wen, Yu-Hui Wu, Liang-Jin Xu, Li-Yi Zhang, Chang-Neng Chen,* andZhong-Ning Chen*, Luminescent Square-Planar Platinum(II) Complexes with Tridentate 3-Bis(2-pyridylimino)isoindoline and Monodentate N-Heterocyclic Ligands,Dalton Trans.2011,40,6929–6938.

  13. Hai-Bing Xu,* Jia Li, Lin-Shi Shi,Zhong-Ning Chen,*Sensitized luminescence in dinuclear lanthanide(III) complexes of bridging 8-hydroquinoline derivatives with different electronic properties,Dalton Trans.2011,40, 5549-5556.

  14. Na Zhao, Yu-Hui Wu,Rui-Min Wang, Lin-Xi Shi,andZhong-Ning Chen*,An Iridium(III) Complex of Oximated 2,2'-Bipyridine as a Sensitive Phosphorescent Sensor for Hypochlorite,Analyst2011,36, 2277-2282.

  15. Feng-Rong Dai, Yu-Hui Wu, Li-Yi Zhang, Bin Li, Lin-Xi Shi,Zhong-Ning Chen,*Spectroscopic, electrochemical and DFT studies on oxo-centered triruthenium cluster complexes with bis(tridentate) triazine ligand,Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2011, 2306–2316.

  16. Hui-Min Wen, Dao-Bin Zhang, Li-Yi Zhang, Lin-Xi Shi,Zhong-Ning Chen,* Efficient Synthetic Approaches To Access Ruthenium(II) Complexes with 2-(Trimethylsilyl)ethyl- or Acetyl-Protected Terpyridine–Thiols,Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.2011, 1784–1791.

  17. Jun Ni, Xu Zhang, Yu-Hui Wu, Li-Yi Zhang, andZhong-Ning Chen*, Vapor and Mechanical Grinding Triggered Color and Luminescence Switches for Bis(s-fluorophenylacetylide) Platinum(II) Complexes,Chem. Eur. J.2011, 171171-1183.(VIP)

  18. Wei-Sheng Li, Jian Luo,Zhong-Ning Chen*, A gadolinium(III) complex with 8-amidequinoline based ligand as copper(II) ion responsive contrast agent,Dalton Trans.2011,40, 484-488.

  19. Li-Yi Zhang, Hua-Xin Zhang, Shen Ye, Hui-Min Wen,Zhong-Ning Chen*,Masatoshi Osawa, Kohei Uosaki and Yoichi Sasaki*, A butadiyne-linked diruthenium molecular wire self-assembled on a gold electrode surface,Chem. Commun.2011,47, 923 – 925.


Research Interests

Structural chemistry and crystallography

Photophysics and photochemistry

Organometallic wire

Molecular switch and sensor

Organic light-emitting diode







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