Accurate Single-Molecule Kinetic Isotope Effects

The combination of single-molecule electrical detection and kinetic isotope effect provides a powerful tool to determine the rate-determining step and accurately quantifying the transition state structure in a reaction, therefore establishing a novel approach for controlling the transition state by an electric field.

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Research Fields

One remarkable aspect in Chemistry is its powerful ability to create new materials; one remarkable aspect in Physics is its powerful ability to investigate the intrinsic properties of these materials, the combination of both enables us to reveal the details of nature and change nature. The research in our molecular materials and devices lab is focused on exploring the optoelectronic properties of novel functional molecular materials and/or low dimensional nanomaterials at the nanometer or molecular level, such as electron transport properties, optoelectronic properties and stimuli-responsive abilities. These materials include single organic molecules/molecular clusters, carbon nanotubes, organic/inorganic nanowires, graphene, biomacromolecules, nanoparticles, and so on. These are challenging and predictable but active and interdisciplinary frontier research areas with many opportunities and great potential applications. Graduate and postdoctoral students working on these projects will have been extensively well-trained in all aspects, including organic syntheses, assembly techniques, micro/nanofabrications, and detection systems. Specifically, our research focuses are listed below:

1. Nano/molecular electronics;

2. Single-molecule dynamics and detection;

3. Organic/flexible electronics;

4. Chemo/biosensors

News & Events


The article “Quantum interference-controlled conductance enhancement in stacked graphene-like dimers” by Peihui Li , Songjun Hou, and Bader Alharbi et al. was accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc..


The article “Novel properties of single molecules and their regulation” by Weilin Hu, Xuefeng Guo was accepted by Journal of Beijing Normal University (Natural Science).


The article “Precise Electrical Gating of the Single-Molecule Mizoroki-Heck Reaction” by Lei Zhang, Chen Yang and Chenxi Lu et al. was accepted by Nat. Commun..


The article "A Single-Molecule Memristor Based on An Electric Field-Driven Dynamical Structure Reconfiguration" by Yilin Guo, Chen Yang and Shuyao Zhou et al. was accepted by Adv. Mater..


The article "Graphene: Preparation, Tailoring and Modification" by Mingyao Li and Bing Yin et al. was accepted by  Exploration.


The article "Precise Edge Functionalization and Tailoring of Graphene via Solvent-Controlled Reactions" by Mingyao Li et al. was accepted by  Carbon.


The article " Reactions in Single-Molecule Junctions" by Hongliang Chen et al. was accepted by  Nat. Rev. Mater..


The article " Dipole-Improved Gating of Azulene-Based Single-Molecule Transistors" by Huanyan Fu et al. was accepted by  J. Mater. Chem. C.


The article "Single-Molecule Nano-Optoelectronics: Insights from Physics" by Peihui Li et al. was accepted by Rep. Prog. Phys..



The article "Single-Molecule Fullerenes: Current Stage and Perspective" by Hanqiu Nie et al. was accepted by ACS Mater. Lett..


The article "Dual-Gated Single-Molecule Field-Effect Transistors beyond Moore's Law" by Linan Meng, Na Xin and Miao Zhang et al. was accepted by Nat. Commun..


The article "Single-Molecule Junction: A Reliable Platform for Monitoring Molecular Physical and Chemical Processes" by Xinmiao Xie et al. was accepted by ACS Nano.