PolyMao Research Group





Group News

2020/09/10: Our work "Light-Intensity Switch Enabled Nonsynchronous Growth of Fluorinated Raspberry-Like Nanoparticles'' accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congratulations to Mr. Shantao Han and the whole team! Highlighted by 高分子科技!

2020/08/25: Our collaborative work "Porous Polymeric Ligand Promoted Copper-Catalyzed C-N Coupling of (Hetero)aryl Chlorides under Visible-Light Irradiation" accepted for publication in Science China Chemistry. Congratulations to Dr. Erfei Wang and the whole team! Many thanks to collaborations from Prof. X. Lin.

2020/08/12: Our work "Photoorganocatalyzed Divergent Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization toward Linear and Branched Fluoropolymers" (有机光催化“多样化”可控自由基聚合:助力精确调控氟聚合物拓扑结构) accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Mr. Yucheng Zhao and the whole team! Highlighted by WileyChem. Selected as Hot Paper by Angewandte Chemie.

2020/08/01: Mr. Erfei Wang ("WePhos". He left, with a polymeric ligand named after!) and Ms. Haiyan Duan passed the defence for the Doctor Degree. Mr. Fuyao Zhong passed the defence for his Master Degree. Congratulations, thanks for their contributions and good luck to them!

2020/06/16: Ms. Zhuoran Zhong and Mr. Chengda Zhou passed their defences for the Bachelor Degree. Ms. Zhong was awarded the Honored Degree of Department of Macromolecular Science. Congratulations!  

2020/05/11: Our collaborative work "A Metal-Free Synthesis of 1,1-Diphenylvinylsulfides with Thiols via Thioetherification under Continuous-Flow Conditions" accepted for publication in Organic Chemistry Frontiers. Congratulations to Mr. Jiawei Zhang and the whole team! Many thanks to collaborations from Prof. X. Lin.

2020/05/05: Our work "Fluorous-Core Nanoparticle-Embedded Hydrogel Synthesized via Tandem Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization: Facilitating the Separation of Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances from Water" (串联光照可控自由基聚合制备纳米氟核水凝胶:助力含氟小分子的水相分离) accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations to Mr. Qinzhi Quan and the whole team! Many thanks to collaborations from Prof. Z. Shao. Highlights in 高分子科技:“以氟之矛,攻氟之盾”; 功能高分子学报  by Prof. Zhicheng Zhang.

2020/03/31: Our work "Photoorganocatalyzed Reversible-Deactivation Alternating Copolymerization of Chlorotrifluoroethylene and Vinyl Ethers under Ambient Conditions: Facile Access to Main-Chain Fluorinated Copolymers" (光催化可逆失活交替共聚:在温和条件下可控合成主链含氟交替共聚物) accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congratulations to Dr. Kunming Jiang and the whole team! Highlights in X-Mol & 高分子科技.

2020/02/29: Our work "Thienyl Chloride Initiated Living Cationic Polymerization: A General and Efficient Access toward Terminally Functionalized Poly(vinyl ether)s" accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations to Mr. Lu Zhang and the whole team!

2020/01/06: 英国皇家化学会专题采访陈茂研究员:RSC 导师零距离 "方法材料两手抓,智能可控新聚合" .

2020/01/06: Our work "Strong, Reconfigurable and Recyclable Thermosets Cross-Linked by Polymer-Polymer Dynamic Interaction based on Commodity Thermoplastics" accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations to Mr. Zongtao Wang and the whole team!

2019/12/27: Mao gave an invitated talk on "高分子化学前沿论坛" hold at Shanghai University, China.

2019/12/05: Our work "Shuttling Catalyst: Facilitating C-C bond formation via cross-couplings with a thermoresponsive polymeric ligand" accepted for publication in Israel Journal of Chemistry (invited research work for the special issue of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Chemistry). Congratulations to Mr. Erfei Wang and the whole team! We are also glad to know that other authors would contribute to this special issue include Professors of Eric Jacobsen (Harvard), David MacMillan (Princeton), Jinquan Yu (Scripps),  Phil Baran (Scripps), Timothy Jamison (MIT),  Gary Molander (UPen), John Wolfe (University of Michigan), Antonio Echavarren (ICIQ), Donghui Wang (SIOC), etc. 

2019/11/02-11/03: Mao gave an invitated talk on "逸仙论坛高分子精准合成研讨会" hold at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

2019/10/28: Our work "Precise Synthesis of Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Fluoropolymers Enabled by Chain-Transfer Agent Differentiation under Visible-Light Irradiation"(链转移剂分化:光控制超高分子量含氟聚合物合成)accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations to Dr. Honghong Gong and the whole team! Highlights in X-MOL.

2019/10/22: Our Postdoc Kunming Jiang accepted work in China Tobacco. Congratulations and good luck to Dr. Jiang!!! 

2019/10/16-10/19: Mao gave a talk on "the National Macromolecular Conference (2019年全国高分子学术论文报告会)" hold at Xi'an, China.

2019/10/10: Congratulations to our group members for winning scholarships (2019年,课题组奖学金英雄榜):
Mr. Erfei Wang, Mr. Shantao Han & Ms. Mingyu Ma: Huayi Scholarship (华谊奖学金); Mr. Fuyao Zhong: National Scholarship (国家奖学金); Mr. Yang Zhou, Mr. Zongtao Wang, Mr. Yuchen Zhao and Mr. Qinzhi Quan: Outstanding Performance Scholarship (优秀学业奖学金); Mr. Yu Gu: Longsheng-Yutongyin Scholarship (龙盛-于同隐奖学金)

2019/09/26- 09/29: Mao gave a flask talk on "the 16th National Homogeneous Catalysis Conference (中国化学会第十六届全国均相催化会议)" hold at Wuhan University, China.

2019/09/01Mao joined the Advisory Board of Polymer Chemistry, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry

2019/08/25- 08/29Mao gave an invited talk on the "the 258th ACS National Meeting" (PMSE division) hold at San Diego, CA, USA.

2019/08/12: Our work "The Influence of Mixing on Chain Extension by Photo-Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization under Continuous-Flow Conditions"(以光控制活性自由基聚合为例,研究流动化学中混合机制对聚合物链扩展的影响)accepted for publication in Polymer Chemistry. Congratulations to Mr. Fuyao Zhong and the whole team!

2019/08/05- 08/07Mao gave an invited talk on the "the 5th China-Australia Polymer Meeting (CAPM-5)" hold at Sun Yat-sen University at Guangzhou, China.

2019/07/23Our work "Catalyst shuttling enabled by thermoresponsive polymeric ligand: facilitating efficient cross-couplings with continuously recyclable ppm levels of palladium"(“智能穿梭”聚合物催化剂: 助力ppm级Pd催化交叉偶联、及催化剂连续流动回收利用)accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Congratulations to Mr. Erfei Wang and the whole team! This work is selected in 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection.

2019/07/09- 07/11Mao gave an invited talk on the "the 3rd Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Soft Matter Science and Engineering (CSMSE-2019)" hold by Peking University at Beijing, China.


2019/07/09Our work "Droplet-Flow Photopolymerization Aided by Computer: Overcoming the Challenges of Viscosity and Facilitating the Generation of Copolymer Library"(电脑操纵逐滴式光控聚合:挑战流动聚合粘度极限,助力高通量共聚)accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations to Mr. Yang Zhou and the whole team!


2019/06/01Polymao team won the second prize of team award for the sports game (高分子人节) hold by Department of Macromolecular Science (photos).

2019/05/10: Our  work was highlighted by Prof. Timothy M. Swager on SynFacts, see " Synthesizing Cross-Conjugated Polymers through Cross-Coupling".


2019/03/28:  Our first Postdoc, Dr. Honghong Gong, begins her academic career at Xi'an Jiaotong University! Good Luck to Honghong!


2019/03/11: Our invited review "Photoredox Controlled Living Polymerization" (光致氧化还原调控的活性聚合) accepted for publication in Journal of Functional Polymers (功能高分子学报). Congratulations to Dr. Honghong Gong, Mr. Mingxuan Ma and the whole team!

2019/01/18- 01/20Mao gave a talk on the "2019 Frontier of Synthetic Chemistry Conference" (2019 合成化学前沿研讨会) hold by Jilin University at Changchun, China.

2019/01/04- 01/06Mao gave a talk on the 4th Youth Scholars' Seminar of "State Key Laboratory of Polymers" (第四届高分子学科国家重点实验室青年学者学术交流会) held by Sichuan University at Chengdu, China.

2018/12/07- 12/09Honghong and Mao gave talks about "Photoredox-Controlled Free Radical Polymerization" on Conference for Chemistry and Physics of Macromolecule and Supermolecule hold at Xi'an, China. 

2018/12/05Prof. Dr. Mao Chen receives the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award 2019. 


2018/11/08Our work "Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Polymerization: A New Access to Cross-Conjugated Polymers with Modifiable Structure and Tunable Optical/Conductive Properties"(Pd催化交叉偶联聚合制备光/电性能可调节的交叉共轭聚合物)accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations to Dr. Kunming Jiang, Mr. Lu Zhang, and the whole team! 

2018/11/03- 11/06: Mao gave an talk of "Organocatalyzed Photoredox Polymerization Driven by Visible Light (可见光控制无金属活性自由基聚合)" on the 2018 International Symposium for Soft Matter Science and Technology hold at Sichuan, China.


2018/10/15: Mr. Qinzhi Quan won National Scholarship for Graduate students. Congratulations!


2018/08/31: Welcome graduate students, Ms. Mingyu Ma, Mr. Shantao Han, and Mr. Yang Zeng join our group.


2018/07/17: Welcome visiting undergraduate student, Ms. Youzhen Wang join our group.

2018/07/11: Our work "Preparation of Semifluorinated Poly(meth)acrylates by Improved Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization without the Use of Fluorinated RAFT Agent: Facilitating Surface Fabrication with Fluorinated Materials"(基于非氟代RAFT试剂的光控制含氟丙烯酸酯类单体活性自由基聚合:助力材料表面氟代聚合物修饰)accepted for publication in Polym. Chem. Congratulations to Mr. Qinzhi Quan and the whole team! 


2018/06/06-06/09: Mao gave an talk of "Organocatalyzed Photoredox Polymerization Driven by Visible Light (可见光控制无金属活性自由基聚合)" on the 8th international Symposium on Polymer Chemistry (PC2018) holded at Changchun, China.

2018/05/05-05/08:Mao gave an talk of "Organocatalyzed Photoredox Controlled Radical Polymerization of Fluorinated Acrylates Driven by Visible Light (可见光控制无金属活性自由基聚合:精确制备聚氟代丙烯酸酯)" at the 31st conference of  Chinese Chemical Society (中国化学会第三十一届学术年会) holded in Hangzhou.

2018/04/29:Dr. Honghong Gong won support from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (中国博士后科学基金会, 63th). Congratulations!

2018/04/25:  Group activity (photos).

2018/04/22:A collaborative work from the Johnson group (MIT Chemistry), the Shao-Horn group (MIT Mechanical Engineering), and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) on the design of modular salts for battery applications published online in Energy and Environmental ScienceCongrats to Mingjun, Shuting and the whole team!


2018/04/09:Mao gave an invitated talk of "Organocatalyzed Photoredox Polymerization Driven by Visible Light" at the International Conference on Organic & Polymer Syntheses (ICOPS2018 有机和高分子合成国际研讨会) holded in Guangzhou (04/06-04/09).


2018/03/29:We hosted a visiting group from BASF at our Jiangwan Campus (also see photo).

2018/03/11:Our invited review "Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization of Semifluorinated (Meth)acrylates" (基于可控/活性自由基聚合制备聚含氟丙烯酸酯类化合物的研究进展) accepted for publication in Synlett. Congratulations to Dr. Gong and Mr. Gu!


2018/02/05:  Mao gave an invited talk about our research interests at BASF, Shanghai. 


2018/01/26: Our work "Organocatalyzed photoredox polymerization from aromatic sulfonyl halides: facilitating graft from aromatic C-H bonds"(有机小分子催化由芳基磺酰卤引发的可见光控制自由基聚合:助力芳基碳-氢键接枝聚合物)accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations to Mr. Yucheng Zhao and the whole team! 


2018/01/15: Mao was elected as a new member of the young editorial board of "Journal of Functional Polymers" (功能高分子学报) of China.


2018/01/15: Please enjoy our recent uploaded photos of our new lab and campus. Great job to the whole team about this "lab moving mission"!

2018/01/08: Our work "Unsymmetrical Difunctionalization of Cyclooctadiene under Continuous Flow Conditions: Expanding the Scope of Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization"(流动化学助力环辛二烯之不对称双官能团化:拓展烯烃开环复分解)accepted for publication in Chem.Sci. Congratulations to Mr. Xianwang Shen and the whole team! 

2017/12/25: Our work of "Organocatalyzed photo-controlled radical polymerization of semi-fluorinated (meth)acrylates driven by visible light" was highlighted by X-Mol (a popular Chinese platform for scientific frontier introduction)!

2017/12/25: We finally moved into our new lab at the campus located in Jiangwan area of Fudan University. Photos of new lab are coming soon!

2017/11/15: Our first work "Organocatalyzed photo-controlled radical polymerization of semi-fluorinated (meth)acrylates driven by visible light" (有机小分子催化、可见光控制氟代丙烯酸酯类聚合物的精确合成)accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Dr. Honghong Gong and the whole team! 


2017/11/07: A collaborative work from the Shao-Horn group (MIT Mechanical Engineering), the Johnson group (MIT Chemistry) and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) on understanding electrolyte stability in the Li-air battery cathode accepted for publication in Journal of Material Chemistry A. Congrats to the whole team!

2017/11/06: Welcome undergraduate student, Ms. Zhong Zhuoran join our group.

2017/09/26-09/29: Mao attended the 15th National Homogenous Catalysis Symposium (NHCS, 全国均相催化学术讨论会), and gave a talk.

2017/09/06: Welcome Postdoc Mr. Kunming Jiang, and graduate students, Mr. Zongtao Wang, Mr. Yang Zhou, Mr. Qinzhi Quan, Mr. Fuyao Zhong join our group.


2017/07/01Welcome graduate student, Mr. Erfei Wang join our group.

2017/06/02: Mao gave an invited talk at "State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis and Selective Oxidation", Suzhou Research Institute of LICP (Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences).

2017/05/25Mao attended the "1st Symposium on Applied Optofunctional Materials" at Fudan University, and gave an invited talk. 

2017/04/01: Welcome undergraduate student, Mr. Yu Gu join our group.


2017/03/30: Contrats to Yuwei and the whole team in Johnson group at MIT. The work of using semi-batch monomer addition to control loops in polymer networks and thereby enhance or tune their mechanical properties is accepted for publication in PNAS.


2017/03/15: Welcome postdoc, Dr. Honghong Gong join PolyMao group.

2017/03/14: Welcome undergraduate student, Ms. Yiqing Zhu、Mr Mingxuan Ma join our group.

2017/03/11: Welcome graduate students, Mr. Yucheng Zhao and Mr. Xianwang Shen Join PolyMao group. 

2017/02/10: Mao and Yuwei's paper on Living Additive Manufacturing via Photo-Redox Catalyzed Growth (PRCG) of polymer networks is highlighted by Prof. Cyrille Boyer et al. on ACS Central Science, see "Living Additive Manufacturing", DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.7b00025. This work is also highlighted on MIT news, see "Technique enables adaptable 3-D printing".

2017/02/02: Mao and Shihong's work with Jeremiah accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc., see ''Living Logic-Controlled Radical Polymerization with Heat and Light: Multiple-Stimuli Switching of Polymer Chain Growth via a Recyclable, Thermally Responsive, Gel Photo-Redox Catalyst".

2017/01/13: Mao and Yuwei's work with Jeremiah accepted for publication in ACS Central Science, see ''Living Additive Manufacturing: Transformation of Parent Gels into Diversely Functionalized Daughter Gels Made Possible by Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis".

2017/01/13-01/15: Mao attended the 2nd Youth Scholars' Seminar of "State Key Laboratory of Polymers" (第二届高分子学科国家重点实验室青年学者学术交流会) held by Donghua University,  and gave a poster.

2016/12/23-12/25: Mao attended a Polymer Synthesis Conference (功能导向大分子设计与精密合成研讨会) held by Soochow University, and gave an invited talk.