SINCE 24/04/2008



Qun Zhang earned a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1999. After a seven-year stint as a postdoctoral fellow & research associate with Prof. Moshe Shapiro at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2000–2003) and the University of British Columbia (2003–2007), he joined USTC working initially on gas-phase molecular spectroscopy & reaction dynamics [with 30 papers (as a PI) published in peer-reviewed journals]. Since 2011, he has been devoted to establishing a USTC Ultrafast Laser Laboratory (UULL) from scratch and then focusing his research on condensed-phase ultrafast spectroscopy & dynamics. In this topical field, he has authored 86 papers (as a PI) in peer-reviewed journals [including 50 in the Nature-Index Journals: Adv. Mater. (8), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (9), Appl. Phys. Lett. (1), Chem. Commun. (2), Chem. Sci. (1), Inorg. Chem. (1), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (10), J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (14), Nano Lett. (1), Nat. Commun. (1), Phys. Rev. Lett. (1), Sci. Adv. (1)]. As of January 2024, the total citation of his journal publications is 11000+ with an H-Index of 43. Currently, he holds a position of chair professor at USTC and is an adjunct PI in Hefei National Research Center for Physical Sciences at the Microscale & Hefei National Laboratory (HFNL). He has been admitted as a Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM, 2022) in recognition for his contribution to "Analytical Methods and Spectroscopy".

atter interactions]  [ultrafast spectroscopy]  [excited-state dynamics]  [photophysics & photochemistry]  [energy-related chemical physics]  [quantum coherent control]
Current Focus:
Ultilizing and developing the state-of-the-art multi-domain ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to interrogate and decipher the microscopic mechanisms underlying the photoinduced physical & chemical processes/behaviors/effects in a variety of complex molecular & nanomaterial systems in the condensed phases

As a PI:
  2022.01–2025.12  NSFC – General Program (Grant No. 22173090)
  2016.07–2021.06  MOST – National Key R&D Program for Nano S&T, Project #2 (Grant No. 2016YFA0200602)
  2016.01–2019.12  NSFC – General Program (Grant No. 21573211)
  2012.01–2015.12  NSFC – General Program (Grant No. 21173205)
  2009.01–2011.12  NSFC – General Program (Grant No. 20873133)
As a Participant:
  2021.11–2026.10  MOST & HFNL – Innovation Program for Quantum S&T, Project #3 (Grant No. 2021ZD0303303)
  2018.05–2023.04  MOST – National Key R&D Program for Nano S&T, Project #2 (Grant No. 2018YFA0208702)
  2018.01–2022.12  Anhui Initiative in QIT, Project #2 (Grant No. AHY090200)
  2017.01–2021.12  NSFC – Key Program (Grant No. 21633007)
  2015.01–2018.12  MOE – Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. WK2340000063)
  2012.09–2017.08  CAS – Strategic Priority Research Program B, Program #2, Project #2 (Grant No. XDB01020200)
  2012.06–2017.09  MOST – National Key R&D Program for Sci. Instrum., Task #4 (Grant No. 2012YQ120047-04)
  2012.01–2015.12  NSFC – Key Program (Grant No. 91127042)
  2010.01–2014.08  MOST – National 973 Program, Project #2 (Grant No. 2010CB923302)

SELECTED PI PUBLICATIONS in Nature-Index Journals (Click here to view a full list of publications)
[50] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2024.15.226 "Mechanistic Insights into the Photoluminescence Enhancement in Surface Ligand Modified CsPbBr3 Perovskite Nanocrystals"
  [49] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023.62.e202308140 "Promoting Photocatalytic H2 Evolution through Retarded Charge Trapping and Recombination by Continuously Distributed Defects in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite"
  [48] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2023.14.4142 "Tracking the Explosive Boiling Dynamics at the Alcohol/MXene Interface"
  [47] Nano Lett. 2023.23.3385 "
Pseudohalogen Resurfaced CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals for Bright, Efficient, and Stable Green-Light-Emitting Diodes"
  [46] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2023.14.1504 "
Efficient Exciton Dissociation through Edge Interfacial State in Metal Halide Perovskite-Based Photocatalysts"
  [45] Chem. Commun. 2023.59.1229 "High-Temperature Negative Thermal Quenching Phosphors from Molecular-Based Materials"
  [44] Inorg. Chem. 2022.61.18779 "A Copper Iodide Cluster-Based Coordination Polymer as an Unconventional Zero-Thermal-Quenching Phosphor"
  [43] Sci. Adv. 2022.8.eabq2321 "Planar Defect-Free Pure Red Perovskite Light-Emitting Diodes via Metastable Phase Crystallization"
  [42] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022.13.10388 "Unveiling a Counterintuitive Intermode Interplay in a Prototype Plasmonic Nanosystem"
  [41] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022.13.8397 "Unpaired Electron Engineering Enables Efficient and Selective Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction to CH4"
  [40] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022.13.8091 "Intermediate Complex-Mediated Interfacial Electron Transfer in a Radical Dianion/TiO2 Dye-Sensitized Photocatalytic System"
  [39] Appl. Phys. Lett. 2022.121.034101 "Spatial Mapping of a Low-Frequency Raman Combination Mode in Twisted Bilayer Graphene"
  [38] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022.13.5480 "Phononic Fine-Tuning in a Prototype Two-Dimensional Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Perovskite System"
  [37] Adv. Mater. 2022.34.2200563 "Designing a Redox Heterojunction for Photocatalytic “Overall Nitrogen Fixation” under Mild Conditions"
  [36] Adv. Mater. 2022.34.2200612 "
A Unique Fe–N4 Coordination System Enabling Transformation of Oxygen into Superoxide for Photocatalytic C–H Activation with High Efficiency and Selectivity"
  [35] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022.13.2943 "Unraveling the Effect of Surface Ligands on the Auger Process in an Inorganic Perovskite Quantum-Dot System"
  [34] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021.12.11295 "Ce-Doped W18O49 Nanowires for Tuning N2 Activation toward Direct Nitrate Photosynthesis"
  [33] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021.60.6160 "Site Sensitivity of Interfacial Charge Transfer and Photocatalytic Efficiency in Photocatalysis: Methanol Oxidation on Anatase TiO2 Nanocrystals"
  [32] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020.11.9579 "Photoexcited Electron Dynamics of Nitrogen Fixation Catalyzed by Ruthenium Single-Atom Catalysts"
  [31] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020.11.9371 "Suppressing Auger Recombination in Cesium Lead Bromide Perovskite Nanocrystal Film for Bright Light-Emitting Diodes"
  [30] Chem. Commun. 2020.56.12057 "Negative Thermal Quenching of Photoluminescence in a Copper–Organic Framework Emitter"
  [29] Adv. Mater. 2020.32.2004059 "Hydrogen-Doping-Induced Metal-Like Ultrahigh Free-Carrier Concentration in Metal-Oxide Material for Giant and Tunable Plasmon Resonance"
  [28] Adv. Mater. 2020.32.2003082 "A Promoted Charge Separation/Transfer System from Cu Single Atoms and C3N4 Layers for Efficient Photocatalysis"
  [27] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020.59.11093 "Ketones as Molecular Co-Catalysts for Boosting Exciton-Based Photocatalytic Molecular Oxygen Activation"
  [26] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019.58.12175 "Switching on the Photocatalysis of Metal–Organic Frameworks by Engineering Structural Defects"
  [25] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019.141.10924 "Metal–Organic Framework Coating Enhances the Performance of Cu2O in Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction"
  [24] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019.10.2904 "Efficient Exciton Dissociation in Heterojunction Interfaces Realizing Enhanced Photoresponsive Performance"
  [23] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019.141.2069 "Few-Nanometer-Sized α-CsPbI3 Quantum Dots Enabled by Strontium Substitution and Iodide Passivation for Efficient Red-Light Emitting Diodes"
  [22] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018.57.5320 "Experimental Identification of Ultrafast Reverse Hole Transfer at the Interface of the Photoexcited Methanol/Graphitic Carbon Nitride System"
  [21] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018.140.3626 "Ce^{3+}-Doping to Modulate Photoluminescence Kinetics for Efficient CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals Based Light-Emitting Diodes"
  [20] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018.140.3474 "Optically Switchable Photocatalysis in Ultrathin Black Phosphorus Nanosheets"
  [19] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018.140.1760 "Oxygen-Vacancy-Mediated Exciton Dissociation in BiOBr for Boosting Charge-Carrier-Involved Molecular Oxygen Activation"

  [18] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017.8.5680 "Impact of Element Doping on Photoexcited Electron Dynamics in CdS Nanocrystals"
  [17] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017.139.7586 "Defect-Mediated Electron–Hole Separation in One-Unit-Cell ZnIn2S4 Layers for Boosted Solar-Driven CO2 Reduction"
  [16] Chem. Sci. 2017.8.4087 "Insights into the Excitonic Processes in Polymeric Photocatalysts"
  [15] J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016.7.3908 "Retrieving the Rate of Reverse Intersystem Crossing from Ultrafast Spectroscopy"
  [14] Adv. Mater. 2016.28.6940 "Enhanced Singlet Oxygen Generation in Oxidized Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Organic Synthesis"
  [13] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016.55.9389 "Boosting Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production of a Metal–Organic Framework Decorated with Platinum Nanoparticles: The Platinum Location Matters"
  [12] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016.138.6822 "Unraveling Surface Plasmon Decay in Core–Shell Nanostructures toward Broadband Light-Driven Catalytic Organic Synthesis"

  [11] Adv. Mater. 2016.28.2427 "Single-Atom Pt as Co-Catalyst for Enhanced Photocatalytic H2 Evolution"
  [10] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015.137.13440 "Visible-Light Photoreduction of CO2 in a Metal–Organic Framework: Boosting Electron–Hole Separation via Electron Trap States"
  [9] Nat. Commun. 2015.6.8647 "Molecular Co-Catalyst Accelerating Hole Transfer for Enhanced Photocatalytic H2 Evolution"
  [8] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015.54.9266 "Atomic-Layer-Confined Doping for Atomic-Level Insights into Visible-Light Water Splitting"
  [7] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015.137.8769 "Visible-Light Photoexcited Electron Dynamics of Scandium Endohedral Metallofullerenes: The Cage Symmetry and Substituent Effects"
  [6] Adv. Mater. 2014.26.5689 "A Unique Semiconductor–Metal–Graphene Stack Design to Harness Charge Flow for Photocatalysis"
  [5] Adv. Mater. 2014.26.4783 "Integration of an Inorganic Semiconductor with a Metal–Organic Framework: A Platform for Enhanced Gaseous Photocatalytic Reactions"
  [4] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014.53.5107 "Designing p-Type Semiconductor–Metal Hybrid Structures for Improved Photocatalysis"
  [3] Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014.53.3205 "Tunable Oxygen Activation for Catalytic Organic Oxidation: Schottky Junction versus Plasmonic Effects"
  [2] J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013.135.12468 "The Realistic Domain Structure of As-Synthesized Graphene Oxide from Ultrafast Spectroscopy"
  [1] Phys. Rev. Lett. 2012.109.253901 "Coherent Random Fiber Laser Based on Nanoparticles Scattering in the Extremely Weakly Scattering Regime"
  [0] Phys. Rev. A (Rap. Comm.) 2008.78.021403(R) "Observation of Above-Threshold Dissociation of Na2^{+} in Intense Laser Fields"





Tenure-Track Research Associates:
  2019  JIANG Shenlong (
Postdoctoral Fellows:
  2021  ZHANG Jiachen (
  2023  CHEN Renli (
PhD & MSc Candidates:
  2018  LI Hui (
  2019  YE Chunyin (
叶春寅)   ZHOU Yujie (周玉杰)
  2020  WU Qinglong (
  2021  CHEN Ziang (
  2022  DENG Hongjian (
邓宏健)   SHUI Quan (水泉)
  2023  LIU Yichen (
BSc Candidates:
  2023  WANG Hao (
王浩)   ZHAO Jiawei (赵嘉炜
  2011  GUO Xixuan (
郭习轩) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
            LU Lu (
卢路) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
  2012  ZHENG Hongjun (
郑红军) completed his MSc work (moved to USA)
            CAO Wenjin (
曹文锦) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
            WANG Gengqi (
王庚祺) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
            WANG Liang (
王亮) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
  2013  FAN Kaili (
樊凯利) completed her MSc work (moved to Soochow)
            GUO Zhenkun (
郭镇坤) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
  2014  CHEN Lu (
陈鹿) completed his BSc work (stayed at USTC)
  2015  GE Jing (
葛晶) completed her PhD work (stayed at USTC)
            CHEN Renli (
陈仁立) completed his BSc work (moved to Xichang)
  2016  HU Jiahua (
胡嘉华) completed her PhD work (moved to Wuhan)
            JIANG Shenlong (
江申龙) completed his PhD work (stayed at USTC)
            CHEN Jie (
陈杰) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
            ZHOU Ninghao (
周凝昊) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)
  2017  CHEN Lu (
陈鹿) completed his MSc work (moved to Beijing)
            CHEN Zongwei (
陈宗威) completed his PhD work (moved to Dalian)
  2018  LIU Tinglin (
刘天霖) completed her BSc work (moved to USA)
            SHANG Qichao (
尚启超) completed his PhD work (moved to Nanjing)           
            ZHANG Lei (
张雷) completed his PhD work (stayed at USTC)
            GE Jing (
葛晶) completed her Postdoc work (moved to Singapore)
  2019  JIANG Shenlong (
江申龙) completed his Postdoc work (stayed at USTC)
            WEI Kang (
韦康) completed his MSc work (moved to Wuxi)
            CHENG Zhiqiang (
程志强) completed his BSc work (stayed at USTC)           
            LIANG Sa (
梁飒) completed her BSc work (moved to Beijing)
  2020  WANG Li (
王俐) completed her PhD work (moved to Jinan)
            LI Xiaoxia (
李小霞) completed her MSc work (moved to Foshan)
            LIU Jia (
刘佳) completed her MSc work (stayed in Hefei)
  2021  ZHANG Lei (
张雷) completed his Postdoc work (moved to Zhengzhou)
            NIU Xiaoyou (
牛孝友) completed his PhD work (moved to Hong Kong)
            ZHANG Jiachen (
张佳晨) completed her PhD work (stayed at USTC)
  2022  CHENG Zhiqiang (
程志强) completed his MSc work (moved to Hangzhou)
            LIU Yichen (
刘伊晨) completed her BSc work (stayed at USTC)   
  2023  CHEN Renli (
陈仁立) completed his PhD work (stayed at USTC)
            PAN Xiancheng (
潘先成) completed his PhD work (stayed in Hefei) 
            RUAN Zhoushilin (
阮周石林) completed his PhD work (moved to Mianyang)
            FENG Shuyue (
冯姝玥) completed her BSc work (moved to USA)
            SHUI Yunfeng (
税云峰) completed his BSc work (moved to USA)



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