Research > Team III:Drug Delivery Bio-Analysis & Bio-Imaging

Name Zhilin Yu
Research Area Research interests focus on synthesis of bio-inspired polymers and creation of bio-mimetic soft materials. Our research topics is based on synthesis of functional peptides exhibiting distinct structural featuresand their supramolecular polymerizations. We targetelucidation of the structure-morphology-functions relationship among peptide monomers, supramolecular structures and artificial materials.  Our another research goal lies in establishment of bottom-up strategies to create artificial tissues imitating the structure or function of biological tissues, and their exploitation ranging from biomaterials, renewable energy materials, to applications in environmental protection.

2002-2006, Tianjin UniversityB.Sc.

2006-2009, Nankai UniversityM.Sc.

2009-2013, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Dr.rer.nat.

2013-2017, Northwestern University

2017-now, Nankai University, Faculty Member
Postdoc Fellow
Resent Publications (in 5 years)
1.      Yu, Z.; Erbas, A.; Tantakitti, F.; Palmer, L. C.;Jackman, J. A.; Olvera de la Cruz, M.; Cho, N.-J.; Stupp, S. I., Co-Assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles and Lipids into Supramolecular Nanostructures Driven by Anion-π Interactions.J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017, 139, 7823–7830.
2.      Yu, Z.; Tantakitti, F.;Yu,T.; Palmer, L. C.;Schatz,G.; Stupp,S. I., Simultaneous Covalent and Non-Covalent Hybrid Polymerizations.Science2016, 351, 497-502.
3.      Yu, Z.; Tantakitti, F.; Palmer, L. C.; Stupp, S. I.,Asymmetric Peptide Nanoribbons.Nano Lett.2016,16, 6967-6974.
4.      Yu, Z.; Hecht, S., Remote Control Over Folding by Light.Chem. Comm.2016, 52, 6639-6653.
5.      Yu,Z.; Hecht,S., Influence of Linkage Chemistry on Folding, Self-Assembly, and Photoresponse of Amphiphilic Azobenzene Main Chain Polymers.J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem.2015, 53, 313-318.
6.      Yu, Z.; Hecht, S., Control over Unfolding Pathways by Localizing Photoisomerization Events within Heterosequence Oligoazobenzene Foldamers. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2013, 52, 13740-13744.
7.      Yu, Z.; Weidner, S.; Risse, T.; Hecht, S., The Role of Statistics and Microenvironment for The Photoresponse in Multi-Switch Architectures: The Case of Photoswitchable Oligoazobenzene Foldamers. Chem. Sci.2013, 4, 4156-4167.
8.      Yu, Z.; Hecht, S., Cooperative Switching Events in Azobenzene Foldamer Denaturation. Chem. Eur. J.2012, 18, 10519-10524.
9.      Yu, Z.; Hecht, S., Reversible and Quantitative Denaturation of Amphiphilic Oligo(azobenzene) Foldamers. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 1640-1643.