Institute of Chemistry
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Hosted by Professor Chad Mirkin
Learning from nature and based on lotus leaves and fish scale, we developed super-wettability system: superhydrophobic, superoleophobic, superhydrophilic, superoleophilic surfaces in air and superoleophobic, superareophobic, superoleophilic, superareophilic surfaces under water. Further, we fabricated artificial materials with smart switchable super-wettability, i.e., nature-inspired binary cooperative complementary nanomaterials (BCCNMs) that consisting of two components with entirely opposite physiochemical properties at the nanoscale, are presented as a novel concept for the building of promising materials.
The smart super-wettability system has great applications in various fields, such as self-cleaning glasses, water/oil separation, anti-biofouling interfaces, and water collection system.
The concept of BCCNMs was further extended into 1D system. Energy conversion systems that based on artificial ion channels have been fabricated. Also, we discovered the spider silk’s and cactus's amazing water collection and transportation capability, and based on these nature systems, artificial water collection fibers and oil/water separation system have been designed successfully.
Learning from nature, the constructed smart multiscale interfacial materials system not only has new applications, but also presents new knowledge: Super wettability based chemistry including basic chemical reactions, crystallization, nanofabrication arrays such as small molecule, polymer, nanoparticles, and so on.
Lei Jiang received his B.S. degree in solid state physics (1987), and M.S. degree in physical chemistry (1990) from Jilin University in China. From 1992 to 1994, he studied in the University of Tokyo in Japan as a China-Japan joint course Ph.D. student and received his Ph.D. degree from Jilin University of China with Prof. Tiejin Li. Then, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Akira Fujishima’s group in the University of Tokyo. In 1996, he worked as researcher in Kanagawa Academy of Sciences and Technology, Prof. Hashimoto’s project. In 1999, he joined Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2015, he moved to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS. Since 2008, he also served as the dean of School of Chemistry and Environment in Beihang University. He was elected as members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences in 2009 and 2012. In 2016, he also elected as a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has published over 500 papers including 3 papers in Nature, 1 paper in Nature Nanotechnology, 1 paper in Nature Materials, 4 papers in Natural Communication, 2 papers in Chem. Rev., 6 papers in Chem. Soc. Rev., 6 papers in Acc. Chem. Res., 35 papers in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 25 papers in J. Am. Chem. Soc., and 89 papers in Adv. Mater, the works have been cited more than 39000 times with an H index of 93.