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Zhen is a PhD student at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in University of Cambridge. 

Zhen is from Heilongjiang, China. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Renmin University of China under the supervision of Prof. Yapei Wang, where he mainly worked on the self-assembly of biocompatible and biodegradable linear block copolymers, the preparation of double emulsions, and the light utilisation via photothermal conversion.

He is currently a second-year PhD student supervised by Prof. Silvia Vignolini, in Bio-inspired Photonics group at University of Cambridge. During PhD, he is seeking a line of interdisciplinary research combining self-assembly, emulsions, and light manipulation all together. His research interests focus on the synthesis of bio-based brush block copolymers and their applications in structural colours. 

 

Publications

Deconvoluting the Optical Response of Biocompatible Photonic Pigments
Z Wang, CLC Chan, JS Haataja, L Schertel, R Li, GT van de Kerkhof, OA Scherman, RM Parker, S Vignolini
– Angewandte Chemie International Edition
(2022)
The Limited Palette for Photonic Block‐Copolymer Materials: A Historical Problem or a Practical Limitation?
Z Wang, C Chan, R Parker, S Vignolini
– Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
(2022)
61,
e202117275
The Limited Palette for Photonic Block‐Copolymer Materials: A Historical Problem or a Practical Limitation?
Z Wang, CLC Chan, RM Parker, S Vignolini
– Angewandte Chemie
(2022)
134,
Recent Advances in Block Copolymer Self-Assembly for the Fabrication of Photonic Films and Pigments
Z Wang, CLC Chan, TH Zhao, RM Parker, S Vignolini
– Advanced Optical Materials
(2021)
9,
2100519
Old inspires new: activation and stabilization of iodine in diene-based rubbers.
R Li, Z Wang, Y Wang
– Innovation (Camb)
(2021)
2,
100095
A non-conjugated photothermal polymer complex absorbing light in visible and infrared windows
R Li, Z Wang, X Tao, S Lyu, J Jia, X-Q Xu, Y Wang
– Polymer Chemistry
(2021)
12,
3233
Redox-Driven Spontaneous Double Emulsion
R Li, Z Wang, X Tao, J Jia, X Lian, Y Wang
– ACS macro letters
(2020)
9,
985
Antimicrobial Rubber Nanocapsule-Based Iodophor Promotes Wound Healing
R Li, Z Wang, X Lian, X Hu, Y Wang
– CCS Chemistry
(2020)
2,
245
An Intrinsic Photothermal Liquid for Light Detection and Energy Storage.
Z Wang, X Lian, R Li, X Tao, Y Wang
– Chemistry
(2019)
25,
13811
Natural Rice Starch Granules for Green Cleaning.
X Lian, Z Wang, H Liao, R Li, X Tao, Y Wang
– Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids
(2019)
35,
13157
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01223 334372 (shared)

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