Research Areas

Colloid and interface chemistry
Molecular photochemistry and photophysics;
Supramolecular chemistry;
Chirality Science


2006-2011 Ph. D. at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences;
2002-2006 B.S. at Dept. Applied Chemistry, Xiangtan University, China


Work Experience
2015- Professor, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology
2013-2015 Assistant Professor, Kyushu University, Japan
 2011-2013 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyushu University, Japan
Teaching Experience
2013.12-2014.2,B3 students,Department of applied chemistry,Kyushu University, Polymer Chemistry B
2014.12 -2015.2,B3 students,Department of applied chemistry,Kyushu University, Polymer Chemistry B


1.    Duan Pengfei, Yanai Nobuhiro, Kurashige Yuki, Kimizuka Nobuo,  Aggregation-induced photon upconversion through control of the triplet energy landscapes of the solution and solid states, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 7544-7549.
2.    Duan Pengfei, Yanai Nobuhiro, Nagatomi Hisanori, Kimizuka Nobuo,  Photon upconversion in supramolecular gel matrixes: spontaneous accumulation of light-harvesting donor-acceptor arrays in nanofibers and acquired air stability, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 1887-1894
3.    Duan Pengfei, Yanai Nobuhiro,  Kimizuka Nobuo, A bis-cyclometalated iridium complex as a benchmark sensitizer for efficient visible-to-UV photon upconversion, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 13111-13113
4.    Duan Pengfei, Cao Hai, Zhang Li, Liu Minghua, Gelation induced supramolecular chirality: chirality transfer, amplification and applications, Soft Matter, 2014,10, 5428-5448
5.    Duan, Pengfei;  Yanai, Nobuhiro;  Kimizuka, Nobuo, Photon Upconverting Liquids: Matrix-Free Molecular Upconversion Systems Functioning in Air, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 19056-19059
6.    Duan, Pengfei; Qin, Long; Zhu, Xuefeng; Liu, Minghua, Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Peptide Dendrons: Evolution of Diverse Chiral Nanostructures Through Hydrogel Formation Over a Wide pH Range, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2011,17, 6389-6395
7.    Duan, Pengfei; Zhu, Xuefeng; Liu, Minghua, Isomeric effect in the self-assembly of pyridine-containing L-glutamic lipid: substituent position controlled morphology and supramolecular chirality, Chemical Communications, 2011, 47, 5569-5571
8. Duan, Pengfei; Li, Yuangang; Li, Liangchun; Deng, Jingen; Liu, Minghua, Multiresponsive Chiroptical Switch of an Azobenzene-Containing Lipid: Solvent, Temperature, and Photoregulated Supramolecular Chirality, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115, 3322-3329
9.    Duan, Pengfei; Qin, Long; Liu, Minghua, Langmuir-Blodgett Films and Chiroptical Switch of an Azobenzene-Containing Dendron Regulated by the in Situ Host-Guest Reaction at the Air/Water Interface, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 1326-1331
10. Duan PengFei; Li YuanGang; Liu MingHua, Preparation of optical active polydiacetylene through gelating and the control of supramolecular chirality, Science China-Chemistry, 2010, 53, 432-437
11.   Duan, Pengfei; Liu, Minghua, Self-assembly of L-glutamate based aromatic dendrons through the air/water interface: morphology, photodimerization and supramolecular chirality, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010,12, 4383-4389
12.   Duan, Pengfei; Liu, Minghua, Design and Self-Assembly of L-Glutamate-Based Aromatic Dendrons as Ambidextrous Gelators of Water and Organic Solvents, Langmuir, 2009, 25, 8706-8713
1. Nobuo Kimizuka, Nobuhiro Yanai, Pengfei Duan, Solvent-free photon upconversion system, Patent No:2014-185738,Date:2014-9-11
2. Nobuo Kimizuka, Nobuhiro Yanai, Pengfei Duan, Hisanori Nagatomi, Photon upconversion system, Patent No:2014-206003,Data: 2014-10-6
3. Nobuo Kimizuka, Nobuhiro Yanai, Pengfei Duan, Taku Ogawa, Kazuma Mase, Masanori Hosoyamada, Shota Hisamitsu, Solvent-free photon upconversion system, PCT Patent No:PCT/JP2014/080280

Research Interests

Duan’s lab is broadly interested in self-assembling phenomena and involves identifying problems of fundamental significance in nanochemistry. Our approach involves the synthesis of materials that contain both molecular and inorganic components, and study of their structure and properties by a variety of physical techniques. We are currently studying nano-/molecular assemblies mostly in one of three areas:
(1) photochemistry and photophysics of nano- and mesoscopic self-assemblies,
(2) nano- and mesoscopic self-assemblies: self-assembling molecular wires consisting of one-dimensional inorganic complexes, self-assembling metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and organic molecules,
(3) self-assembly of designed nanoarchitectures from chiral compounds and chiral nanomaterials.
In general, we use the tools of synthetic and physical organic chemistry to address problems at the interface of chemistry, photochemistry and materials science.