Leilei Tian A/Prof.

1999-2008        Bachelor and PhD of Jilin University

2008-2014          Post-doctoral Scholar at University of South Carolina,Clemson University and The University of Chicago

2015-present     Associate professor of South University of Science and Technology of China



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

Selected Publication

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.

Leilei Tian, Ph.D.(田雷蕾)

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

South University of Science and Technology of China

1088 Xueyuan Blvd., Xili, Nanshan District, Shenzhen,

Guangdong, China, 518055 

Tel : 0755-88018524



一、 Postdoc Opportunity

1.     Qualifications

a)         A completed (or imminent) PhD.

b)         materials science, chemistry, biochemistry or related major.

c)         A strong scientific research interest.

d)         Experience in DNA Nanobiotechnology or block polymers preferred.

2.     Remuneration:

The candidate will be offered an attractive annual salary (about 300,000.0 RMB before tax).

二、 Joint Master or PhD Opportunity

a)        Materials or related majors

b)        Satisfies the relevant prerequisites of the Harbin Institute of Technology or Peking University

c)        Meet minimum English language requirements for the foreign universities.

三、 To Apply

Please send your CV (should include research accomplishments and interests, as well as list of publications) to Leilei Tian at tianll@sustc.edu.cn.The positions will remain open until filled.

Physical Chemistry

Material Chemistry

  • 2

    DNA Hydrogel with Tunable pH-responsive Properties Produced by Rolling Circle Amplification 2017

    Wanlin Xu, Yishun Huang,  Haoran Zhao,  Pan Li,  Guoyuan Liu,  Jing Li, Chengshen Zhu, Leilei Tian*
    These authors contribute equally to this work

    Chem. Eur. J. 10.1002/em.201704390




  • 3

    pH-Responsive Graphene Oxide-DNA Nanosystem for Live Cell Imaging and Detection 2017

    Chen Shao†, Jia Liang†, Sihui He, Tianqi Luan, Jiantao Yu, Haoran Zhao, Jingyuan Xu, Leilei Tian*

    † These authors contribute equally to this work

    Anal. Chem. 2017, 89, 5445-5452.


  • 3

    Zinc (II)-induced color-tunable fluorescence emission in the π-conjugated polymers composed of the bipyridine unit: A way to get white-light emission 2005

    L Tian,W Zhang,B Yang,P Lu,M Zhang,Y Ma*,J Shen,J.Phys.Chem.B.2005,109,6944.

  • 4

    A Pure DNA Hydrogel with Stable Catalytic Ability Produced by One-step Rolling Circle Amplification 2017

    Yishun Huang, Wanlin Xu, Guoyuan Liu and Leilei Tian*

    Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 3038.


  • 4

    Conformational Switch Drives Formation of Orthogonal π-π Organization in a Swivel-Cruciform Oligo(phenylenevinylene) for an Unprecedented Thermal Cycloaddition 2007

    L Tian,F He,H Zhang,H Xu,Y Ma*,J Shen,Angew.Chem.Int.Ed,2007,46,3245.

  • 5

    Diphenylamine Substituted Cruciform Oligo(phenylenevinylene): Enhanced One-photon and Two-photon Excited Fluorescence in Solid-State 2007

    F He,L Tian,H Xu,X Tian,YMa*,Y Yang*and J Shen,Advanced Fuctional Materrials,2007,17,1551.

  • 6

    Graphene Oxides for Homogeneous Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes 2010

    L Tian,MJ Meziani,F Lu,CY Kong,L Cao,TJ Thorne,YP Sun*,ACS Appl.Mater.Inter.,2010,3217 

  • 7

    Stable water-dispersed organic nanoparticles: preparation, optical properties, and cell imaging application 2011

    S Yang,D Lu,L Tian,F He,G Chen,F Shen,H Xu,Y Ma*,Nanoscale,20,3,2262.

  • 8

    Graphene Oxides Dispersing and Hosting Graphene Sheets for Unique Nanocomposite Materials 2011

    L Tian,YP Sun*;et al.,ACS Nano,2011,5,3052. 

  • 9

    Real-Time Detection of Telomerase Activity Using the Exponential Isothermal Amplification of Telomere Repeat 2013

    L Tian, Y Weizmann* , J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013,135,1661.

  • 10

    Enhancing-Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on the Specificity of the Isothermal DNA Strand Displacement Amplifications and its Application to the EXPIATR Assay of Telomerase Activity 2014

    L Tian,TM Cronim,Y Weizmann*,Chem.Sci.,2014,5,4153(Front Cover).

  • 11

    Preparation of Bulk C-13-Enriched Graphene Materials 2010

    L Tian,X Wang,L Cao,MJ.Meziani,CY Kong,F Lu,YP Sun*,J.Nanomater.,2010,742167. 

  • 12

    Macrocycles with Switchable exo/endo Metal Binding Sites 2009

    L Tian,C Wang,S Dawn,MD.Smith,JA.Krause,LS.Shimizu*,J.Am.Chem.Soc.,2009,131,17620.


Chen Shao


Post-doctor of SUSTC. Doctor Shao got his PhD in chemical biology at Northwest A&F University. Research field: design and biological application of functional nanomaterials 
Yishun Huang


Postdoctoral fellow.  Bsc,Xiamen University. Doctor, Xiamen University. Be working on the functional hydrogel. Interested field: DNA self-assembly, functional materials, molecular interaction.





Pan Li


Joint training of graduate student of HIT and SUSTC.Research interests: Biological sensor and Imaging analysis materials

Research Assistant


Visit students

Sihui He


Visting StudentResearch Direction:the synthesis and the anti-bacterias of DNA-nanoparticles 



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 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.