Prof. Yu-Wu Zhong

Key Laboratory of Photochemistry

Institute of Chemistry

Chinese Academy of Sciences
Telephone:  010-62652950 
Address:  2 Bei Yi Jie, Zhong Guan Cun, Beijing 100190
Postcode: 100190

Research Areas

Organic Chemistry -- pai-conjugated materials

Inorganic Chemistry -- functional transitiona-metal complexes

Electrochemitry -- electro-active materials and electropolymerization


Ph.D. 2004, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Bachelor 1999, Nankai University


2004-2006, Postdoc, the University of Tokyo with Prof. Eiichi Nakamura

2006-2006, Postdoc, Cornell University with Prof. Hector D. Abruna

2006 to present, Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Honors & Distinctions

2009, receipent of the "100 talent" program of CAS

2015, receipent of the China Electrochemistry Youth Award

2016 to present, associate editor of RSC Advances



110. Jian-Hong Tang, Yan-Qin He, Jiang-Yang Shao, Zhong-Liang Gong, Yu-Wu Zhong*, Multistate Redox Switching and Near-Infrared Electrochromism Based on a Star-Shaped Triruthenium Complex with a Triarylamine Core, Sci. Rep. 2016, 6, 35253.

106. Lin Wang+, Zhong-Liang Gong+, Shu-Ying Li, Wenjing Hong*, Yu-Wu Zhong*, Dong Wang*, Li-Jun Wan, Molecular Conductance through a Quadruple-Hydrogen-Bond-Bridged Supramolecular Junction, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201655(40), 12393-12397.

103. Jian-Hong Tang, Jiang-Yang Shao, Yan-Qin He, Si-Hai Wu, Jiannian Yao, Yu-Wu Zhong*, Transition from a Metal-Localized Mixed-Valence Compound to a Fully Delocalized and Bridge-Biased Electrophore in a Ruthenium-Amine-Ruthenium Tricenter System, Chem. Eur. J. 201622(30), 10341-10345.

98. Jian-Hong Tang, Chang-Jiang Yao, Bin-Bin Cui andYu-Wu Zhong*, Ruthenium-Amine Conjugated Organometallic Materials for Multistate Near-IR Electrochromism and Information Storage, Chem. Rec. 2016, 16(2), 754-767.

96. Yu-Wu Zhong*, Zhong-Liang Gong, Jiang-Yang Shao, Jiannian Yao, Electronic coupling in cyclometalated ruthenium complexes, Coord. Chem. Rev. 2016, 312, 22-40.

95. Jun-Jian Shen, Jiang-Yang Shao, Xiaozhang Zhu*, and Yu-Wu Zhong*, AmineAmine Electronic Coupling through a Dibenzo[a,e]pentalene Bridge, Org. Lett. 201618(2), 256-259.

92. Jun-Jian Shen, Yu-Wu Zhong,* Long-Range Ruthenium-Amine Electronic Communication through the para-Oligophenylene Wire, Sci. Rep. 2015, 5, 13835.

88. Bin-Bin Cui, Jian-Hong Tang, Jiannian Yao, and Yu-Wu Zhong*, A Molecular Platform for Multistate Near-Infrared Electrochromism and Flip-Flop, Flip-Flap-Flop, and Ternary Memory, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201554(32), 9192-9197.

83. Bin-Bin Cui, Yu-Wu Zhong*, Jiannian Yao, Three-State Near-Infrared Electrochromism at the Molecular Scale, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (12), 4058-4061.

81. Yan-Qin He and Yu-Wu Zhong,* The synthesis of 2- and 2,7-functionalized pyrene derivatives through Ru(II)-catalyzed C–H activation, Chem. Commun. 201551,3411-3414.

80. Bin-Bin Cui, Zupan Mao, Yuxia Chen, Yu-Wu Zhong*, Gui Yu,* Chuanlang Zhan,* Jiannian Yao*, Tuning of Resistive Memory Switching in Electropolymerized Metallopolymeric films, Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 1308-1315.

79. Zhong-Liang Gong, Yu-Wu Zhong,* and Jiannian Yao, Conformation-Determined Through-Bond versus Through-Space Electronic Communication in Mixed-Valence Systems with a Cross-Conjugated Urea Bridge, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21(4), 1554-1566.

77. Chang-Jiang Yao, Hai-Jing Nie, Wen-Wen Yang, Jiang-Yang Shao, Jiannian Yao, and Yu-Wu Zhong,* Strongly Coupled Cyclometalated Ruthenium–Triarylamine Hybrids: Tuning Electrochemical Properties, Intervalence Charge Transfer, and Spin Distribution by Substituent Effects, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20(52), 17466-17477.

76. Hai-Jing Nie, Chang-Jiang Yao, Jiang-Yang Shao, Jiannian Yao, and Yu-Wu Zhong,* Oligotriarylamines with a Pyrene Core: A Multicenter Strategy for Enhancing Radical Cation and Dication Stability and Tuning Spin Distribution, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20(52), 17454-17465.

71. Hai-Jing Nie, Jiang-Yang Shao, Chang-Jiang Yao, Yu-Wu Zhong,* Organic–inorganic mixed-valence systems with strongly-coupled triarylamine and cyclometalated osmium, Chem. Commun. 2014, 50(70), 10082-10085.

69. Jiang-Yang Shao, Yu-Wu Zhong,* Tuning the electronic coupling in cyclometalated diruthenium complexes through substituent effects: a correlation between the experimental and calculated results, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20(28), 8702-8713.

65. Bin-Bin Cui, Chang-Jiang Yao, Jiannian Yao, Yu-Wu Zhong,* Electropolymerized films as a molecular platform for volatile memory devices with two near-infrared outputs and long retention time, Chem. Sci. 2014, 5(3), 932-941.

60. Chang-Jiang Yao, Ren-Hui Zheng, Hai-Jing Nie, Bin-Bin Cui, Qiang Shi, Jiannian Yao, Yu-Wu Zhong,* A Combined Experimental and Computational Study of Linear Ruthenium(II) Coordination Oligomers with End-Capping Organic Redox Sites: Insight into the Light Absorption and Charge Delocalization, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19(37), 12376-12387.

50. Yu-Wu Zhong*Chang-Jiang YaoHai-Jing NieElectropolymerized Films of Vinyl-substituted Polypyridine Complexes: SynthesisCharacterizationand ApplicationsCoord. Chem. Rev. 2013257(7-8)1357-1372.

45. Hai-Jing NieXialing ChenChang-Jiang YaoYu-Wu Zhong*Geoffrey R. Hutchison*Jiannian Yao*Electronic Coupling between Two Amine Redox Sites through the 5.5’-positions of Metal-Chelating 2.2’-BipyridinesChem. Eur. J. 201218(45)14497-14509.

40. Chang-Jiang YaoRen-Hui ZhengQiang ShiYu-Wu Zhong*Jiannian Yao1.4-Benzene-Bridged Covalent Hybrid of Triarylamine and Cyclometalated Ruthenium: A New Type of Organic-Inorganic Mixed-Valent SystemChem. Commun. 201248(45)5680-5682.

34. Chang-Jiang YaoYu-Wu Zhong*Hai-Jing NieHector D. AbrunaJiannian Yao*Near-IR Electrochromism in Electropolymerized Films of a Biscyclometalated Ruthenium Complex Bridged by LigandJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133(51)20720-20723.

33. Chang-Jiang YaoYu-Wu Zhong*Jiannian Yao*Charge Delocalization in a Cyclometalated Bisruthenium Complex Bridged by a Noninnocent LigandJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133(39)15697-15706.

Research Interests

Organic and Organometallic Optoelectronic Materials

Optoelectronic-Functional Transition-Metal Complexes

Molecular Electronics

Electroactive Molecular Materials