The Zhu group works at the interface of innovative organic synthesis and functional materials. We are aiming at developing material-based solutions to challenging problems in the fields of energy, environment and biomedicines.
To this, our approach emphasizes the broad chemical space and molecular-level precision offered by new catalytic transformations, in particular, those involving interactions between organic radicals and transition-metal complexes. Enabled by such new chemistries, we are excited to explore small and macro-molecules with unique electronic, optical and redox properties as well as responsive behaviors. With rich experience in catalysis, polymers, sensors and devices, the research in the Zhu group is motivated by both scientific curiosity and real-world applications.