Leilei Tian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor College of Science


2003-2008 Jilin University (PhD, Polymer Chemistry and Physics)

1999-2003 Jilin University (Bachelor, Chemical Engineering and Technology)

Research experiences

2015-present: South University of Science and Technology of China Position: associate professor

2014-2015: The University of Chicago Position: Research Fellow

2011-2014: The University of Chicago Position: Post-doctoral Scholar

2009-2010: Clemson University (CU) Position: Post-doctoral Scholar

2008-2009: University of South Carolina (USC) Position: Post-doctoral Scholar

Honours and Awards

Shenzhen Peacock Award, Shenzhen Municipality China

Personal Profile


•Composite, hybrid intelligent materials based on bio-macromolecules: Our project focuses on the development of novel nucleic acid nano-biotechnology. Compared with synthetic polymers, nucleic acids exhibit many unique properties, including its biological function, biocompatibility, and molecular recognition capacity. We engage in developing DNA composite/hybrid materials, which will have interesting applications in biosensors and biomedicines.

•Chemical and bio-sensing applications of organic optoelectronic materials: To achieve ultrasensitive detection of small molecules or biomarkers, we develop new optoelectronic material systems by designing and adjusting their intermolecular forces.

•Developing new strategies of signal amplifications for the highly sensitive detection of cancer markers.


•Physical Chemistry, sophomore college students, SUSTC

•Materials Chemistry, junior college students, SUSTC

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1. Tian, L.; Cronin, T. M.; Weizmann, Y.* “Enhancing-effect of gold nanoparticles on DNA strand displacement amplifications and their application to an isothermal telomerase assay”, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 4153 (Front Cover).

2. Tian, L.; Weizmann, Y.* “Real-time detection of telomerase activity using the exponential isothermal amplification of telomere repeat assay”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1661.

3. Tian, L.; Sun, Y. P.* et al. “Graphene oxides dispersing and hosting graphene sheets for unique nanocomposite materials”, ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 3052.

4. Tian, L.; Wang, X.; Cao, L.; Meziani, M. J.; Kong, C. Y.; Lu, F.; Sun, Y. P.* “Preparation of bulk 13C-enriched graphene materials”, J. Nanomater., 2010, 742167.

5. Tian, L.; Meziani, M. J.; Lu, F.; Kong, C. Y.; Cao, L.; Thorne, T. J.; Sun, Y. P.* “Graphene oxides for homogeneous dispersion of carbon nanotubes”, ACS Appl. Mater. Inter., 2010, 2, 3217.

6. Yang, S.; Lu, D.; Tian, L.; He, F.; Chen, G.; Shen, F.; Xu, H.; Ma, Y.* “Stable water-dispersed organic nanoparticles: preparation, optical properties, and cell imaging application” Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 2261.

7. Tian, L.; Wang, C.; Dawn, S.; Smith, M. D.; Krause, J. A.; Shimizu, L. S.* “Macrocycles with switchable exo/endo metal binding sites”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 17620.

8. Tian, L.; He, F.; Zhang, H.; Xu, H.; Ma, Y.;* Shen, J. “Thermal cycloaddition facilitated by orthogonal π–π organization through conformational transfer in a swivel-cruciform oligo(phenylenevinylene)”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007, 46, 3245.

9. He, F.; Tian, L.; Xu, H.; Tian, X.; Ma, Y.*; Yang, Y.*; Shen, J. “Diphenylamine-substituted cruciform oligo(phenylene vinylene): enhanced one- and two-photon excited fluorescence in the solid state”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2007, 17, 1551.

10. Tian, L.; Zhang, W.; Yang, B.; Lu, P.; Zhang, M.; Ma, Y.* “Zinc (II)-induced color-tunable fluorescence emission in the π-conjugated polymers composed of the bipyridine unit: a way to get white-light emission”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 6944.

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