Zhiyuan Tian, Ph. D.
School of Chemical Sciences
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)
Telephone: 0086-10-69672554
Address: 19-A Yuquan Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China
Postcode: 100049

Research Areas

Our research group is interested in the photoactive functional materials and their potential applications. Specifically, we focus on the design and synthesis of fluorescent probes and sensors primarily consisting of organic compounds and functional polymers, and the potential applications of these materials in biological detection (e.g. super-resolution cell imaging), biomedical diagnosis (e.g. labeling and tracking of cancer cells) and etc. Our research interests also include the optical/photonic properties of nanostructures and the potential application of these fundamental properties in the design of new classes of opto-functional materials. The ongoing projects in our group include: (1)  fluorescent tags and sensors, (2) dynamic contrast super-resolution fluorescence imaging and its applications in bioimaging, and (3) photoactive materials and their application in diagnosis and treatment of cancers.


Ph. D. 2005, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing, China 
B. Sc. 1995, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China


Working Experience

  • 2011.03-present: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Professor of Chemistry;

  • 2005.11-2011.02: Queen's University (Canada); Washington State University (USA); University of Washington (USA); Clemson University (USA), Postdoctoral Research Associate; 

  • 2005.03-2005.04: Regensburg University (Germany), Visiting Student; 

  • 1995. 09-2000.07: State-Owned No. 752 Factory (Wuhan), Ministry of Electronic Industry, Assistant Engineer

Honors & Distinctions

  1. Baosteel Excellent Teacher Award, 2019

  2. Recipient of "CAS Distinguished Research Fellow Program", 2017

  3. Excellent Prize of the President Scholarship for Postgraduate Students, CAS, 2004. 


Monograph Chapters

  1. Z. Y. Tian, W. W. Wu, A. D. Q. Li, Photoswitchable Nanoprobes for Biological Imaging Applications, Chapter 1 in "Trace Analysis with Nanomaterials", Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2010, pp3-30.

Selected publications since 2011

  1. M. Liu, J. Q. Meng, W. Wei, G. H. Ma, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, ACS Appl. Bio Mater., 2019, 2, 3068-3976.

  2. K. Q. Zhang, Y. L. Lv, A. D. Peng, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, Anal. Chem. Acta, 2019, 1061, 142.

  3. M. Liu, Z. H. Meng*, A. D. Peng*, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, Sens. Actuators B: Chem. 2018, 273, 167.

  4. Y. L. Zhang, Y. L. Lv, J. J. Huang*, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, Anal. Chem., 2018, 90, 5481

  5. Y. L. Lv, Y. Zhang*, W. Wei*, G. H. Ma*, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, ACS Nano, 2018, 12, 1350

  6. H. Ding, G. H. Ma*, W. Wei*, Z. Y. Tian* et al, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 27396.

  7. Y. L. Zhang, X. F. Wang, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 13920.

  8. J. Wang, A. D. Q. Li, Z. Y. Tian*, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8,4399.  

  9. Y. L. Zhang, Z. Y. Tian*, A. D. Q. Li*, et al, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 193422015 Hot Papers.  

  10. Y. L. Lv, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 20640.

  11. H. Ding, Z. Y. Tian*, W. Wei*, G. H. Ma*, et al, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 9806.

  12. W. Wan, M. Q. Zhu, Z. Y. Tian*, A. D. Q. Li*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 4312.

  13. H. Liu, X. Hao, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 9340

  14. H. Liu, H. Yang, Z. Y. Tian*, et al, Small, 2013, 9, 2639.  

  15. Z. Y. Tian* and A. D. Q. Li*, Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 269.  

  16. Z. Y. Tian*, W. W. Wu, A. D. Q. Li*, et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 16092.  


  1. NSFC (grant No. 21773241,650,000 RMB), PI, 2018-01--2021-12

  2. NSFC (grant No. 21573234,800,000 RMB), PI, 2016-01--2019-12 

  3. Instrument Developing Project of CAS (4190,000RMB), PI, 2015-01-2016-12 

  4. NSFC (grant No. 21373218,840,000 RMB), PI, 2014-01--2017-12 

  5. NSFC (grant No. 21173262,620,000 RMB), PI, 2012-01--2015-12 


  1. Prof. Jiannian Yao (Academician of CAS), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) 

  2. Prof. Alexander. Li, Department of Chemistry and Center for Materials Research, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U. S. A. 

  3. Prof. Jason D. McNeill, Department of Chemistry and Clemson Center for Optical Materials Science and Technology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, U. S. A. 

  4. Prof. Erwin Buncel, Department of Chemistry , Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada 

Group members

  1. Ming Liu: Graduate student (Ph. D. candidate, 2015-2020)
  2. Weier Bao: Graduate student (Ph. D. candidate, 2018-2021)
  3. Jiaqi Meng: Graduate student (Ph. D. candidate, 2017-2022)
  4. Siyuan Liu: Graduate student (M. Sc. candidate, 2017-2020)
  5. Zicheng Wang: Graduate student (M. Sc. candidate, 2018-2021)
  6. Mingqi Sun: Graduate student (M. Sc. candidate, 2019-2022)
  7. Xiaojuan Li: Graduate student (M. Sc. candidate, 2019-2022)