Xike Gao-Professor
Contact Information:
Phone:86−21−54925072 (office)
Fax: 86−21−64166128

Research Areas

Organic electronics, Pi-functional materials, Organic semiconducting devices, including organic thin film transistors (OTFT) and organic photovoltaics (OPV)

Education and Work Experience

PhD: Institute of Chemistry, CAS, 2008.; Associate Professor:  Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, Oct. 2008−Feb. 2014; Professor: Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, March. 2014−present.


  1. Wenting Wu, Jing Li, Zheng Zhao, Xiaodi Yang, and Xike Gao.* Synthesis of largely π-extended naphthalenediimides via C–H activation towards highly soluble and narrow band-gap organic optoelectronic materials. Org. Chem. Front. 2017, 4, 823-827. (Invited paper for a themed collection “Novel π-electron molecular scaffolds”)

  2. Wenting Wu, Hanshen Xin, Congwu Ge, Xike Gao.* Application of direct (hetero)arylation in constructing conjugated small molecules and polymers for organic optoelectronic devices. Tetrahedron. Lett. 2017, 58, 175-184. (Invited Digest paper)

  3. Yunbin Hu, Zhongli Wang, Xu Zhang, Xiaodi Yang, Congwu Ge, Lina Fu, Xike. Gao.* A Class of Electron-Transporting Vinylogous Tetrathiafulvalenes Constructed by the Dimerization of Core-Expanded Naphthalenediimides. Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 468-471. (Highlighted by Synfacts. 2017, 13, 0373)

  4. Hanshen Xin, Xike Gao.* Application of Azulene in Constructing Organic Optoelectronic Materials: New Tricks for an Old Dog. ChemPlusChem. 2017, 82, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700039 (Invited paper for a special issue on “Novel Aromatics”)

  5. Hanshen Xin, Congwu Ge, Lina Fu, Xiaodi Yang, Xike Gao.* Naphthalene Diimides Endcapped with EthynylazuleneMolecular Design, Synthesis and Properties. Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 37, 711-719.

  6. Hanshen Xin, Congwu\ Ge, Xiaodi Yang, Honglei Gao, Xiaochun Yang, Xike Gao.* Biazulene diimides: a new building block for organic electronic materials. Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 6701-6705. (Highlighted by Synfacts. 2016, 12, 1040)

  7. Zheng Zhao, Zhongli Wang, Congwu Ge, Xu Zhang, Xiaodi Yang, Xike Gao* Incorporation of benzothiadiazole into the backbone of 1,2,5,6-naphthalenediimide based copolymers, enabling much improved film crystallinity and charge carrier mobility. Poly. Chem. 2016, 7, 573-579.

  8. Zheng Zhao, Fengjiao Zhang, Xu Zhang, Simin Gao, Xiaodi Yang,* Zhiming Duan, Xike Gao.* Carbazolo[2,1-a]carbazole Diimide: A Building Block for Organic Electronic Materials. ChemPlusChem. 2015, 80, 57-61. (Early Career Series)

  9. Bing Leng,* Dong Lu, Xueshun Jia, Xiaodi Yang, Xike Gao.* Synthesis of Monolateraland Bilateral Sulfur-Heterocycle Fused Naphthalene Diimides (NDIs) from Monobromo and Dibromo NDIs. Org. Chem. Front. 2015, 2, 372-377.

  10. Xike Gao,* Zheng Zhao. High mobility organic semiconductors for field-effect transistors. Sci. China. Chem. 2015, 58, 947-968. (Invited paper for a special issue on “Advances in Organic Optoelectronic Molecules & Materials”)

  11. Zheng Zhao, Fengjiao Zhang, Yunbin Hu, Zhongli Wang, Bing Leng, Xike Gao,* Chong-an Di, Daoben Zhu. Naphthalene Diimides Fused with 2-(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)acetonitrile: Strong Electron-Deficient Building Blocks for High-Performance n-Type Polymeric Semiconductors. ACS Macro Lett. 2014, 3, 1174-1177.

  12. Yaping Zhang, Fengjiao Zhang, Qing Meng, Chong-an Di,* Xike Gao,* Daoben. Zhu.* Specific and Reproducible Gas Sensors Utilizing Gas-phase Chemical Reaction on Organic Transistors. Adv. Mater. 2014, 26, 2862-2867.

  13. Xike Gao,* Yunbin Hu. Development of n-Type Organic Semiconductors for Thin Film Transistors: A Viewpoint of Molecular Design. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 3099-3117. (Invited paper for a themed collection: Emerging Investigators)

  14. Fengjiao Zhang,# Yunbin Hu,# Torben, Schuettfort, Chong-an Di,* Xike Gao,* Christopher R McNeill,* Lars Thomsen, Stefan C B Mannsfeld, Wei Yuan, Henning Sirringhaus, Daoben Zhu.* Critical Role of Alkyl Chain Branching of Organic Semiconductors in Enabling Solution-Processed N-channel Organic Thin-film Transistors with Mobility of up to 3.50 cm2V-1s-1. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2338-2349. (# Co-first authors)

  15. Fengjiao Zhang, Chong-an Di,* Nikolai Berdunov, Yuanyuan Hu, Yunbin Hu, Xike Gao,* Qing Meng, Henning Sirringhaus,* Daoben Zhu.* Ultra-Thin Film Organic Transistors: Precise Control of Semiconductor Thickness via Spin-coating. Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 1401-1407.

  16. Zheng Zhao, Fengjiao Zhang, Xu Zhang, Xiaodi Yang, Hongxiang Li, Xike Gao,* Chong-an Di,* Daoben Zhu. 1,2,5,6-Naphthalenediimides-Based Donor-Acceptor Copolymers Designed from Isomer Chemistry for Organic Semiconducting Materials. Macromolecules. 2013, 46, 7705-7714.

  17. Zheng Zhao, Zhongli Wang, Yunbin Hu, Xiaodi Yang, Hongxiang Li, Xike Gao,* Daoben Zhu. Tetracyanodibenzotetrathiafulvalene Diimides: Design, Synthesis and Property Study. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 12214-12219.

  18. Yunbin Hu, Zhongli Wang, Xiaodi Yang, Zheng Zhao, Wenjie Han, Wei Yuan, Hongxiang Li, Xike Gao,* Daoben Zhu. A facile synthesis of 2,3,6,7-tetrabromonaphthalene diimides toward new π-extended naphthalene diimides. Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 2271-2273.

  19. Yunbin Hu, Zhongli Wang, Xu Zhang, Xiaodi Yang, Hongxiang Li, Xike Gao.* New Core-Expanded Naphthalene Diimides for n-Channel Organic Thin Film Transistors. Chin. J. Chem. 2013, 31, 1428-1438.

  20. Yunbin Hu, Yunke Qin, Xike Gao,* Fengjiao Zhang, Chong-an Di,* Zheng Zhao, Hongxiang Li, Daoben Zhu.* One-pot synthesis of core-expanded naphthalene diimides: enabling N-substitute modulation for diverse n-type organic materials. Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 292-295.

  21. Yunbin Hu, Xike Gao,* Chong-an Di,* Xiaodi Yang, Feng Zhang, Yunqi Liu, Hongxiang Li, Daoben Zhu.* Core-expanded naphthalene diimides fused with sulfur heterocycles and end-capped with electron-withdrawing groups for air-stable solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23, 1204-1215.

  22. Yan Zhao, Chong-an Di,* Xike Gao,* Yunbin Hu, Yunlong Guo, Yunqi Liu,* Jizheng Wang, Wenping Hu, Daoben Zhu.* All-Solution-Processed, High-Performance n-Channel Organic Transistors and Circuits: Toward Low-Cost Ambient Electronics Adv. Mater. 2011, 23, 2448-2453.

  23. Xike Gao,* Chong-an Di,* Yunbin Hu, Xiaodi Yang, Hongyu Fan, Feng Zhang, Yunqi Liu, Hongxiang Li, Daoben Zhu. Core-expanded naphthalene diimides fused with 2-(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)malonitrile groups for high-performance, ambient-stable, solution-processed n-channel organic thin film transistors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 3697-3699.