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Yanqing TIAN


Deputy Head

Materials Science and Engineering



Ph.D., in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jilin University, 1995

M.S., in Organic Chemistry, Jilin University, 1992

B.S., in Organic Chemistry, Jilin University, 1989

Professional Experience:

September 2014 – present,Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China

August 2014 – September 2014, Associate Research Professor, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

March 2011 – August 2014,Assistant Research Professor, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

October 2008 – March 2011, Research Scientist, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

July 2005 – October 2008, Acting Instructor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

November 2002 – June 2005, Postdoctoral Research Associate,Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

August 2002 – November 2002, Postdoc Fellow, Tokyo University of Science

February 2002 - July 2002, Visiting Associate, Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology

February 2002 – February 2002, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow,Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University

February 1998 – February 2000, STA Fellow,Sagami Chemical Research Institute

February 1998 – February 2000, STA Fellow,Sagami Chemical Research Institute

October 1992 – February 1998, Lecturer and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Jilin University

Honors and Awards:

February 2002 – February 2002, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow,Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University

February 1998 – February 2000, STA Fellow,Sagami Chemical Research Institute

Research Interests:

His research interests include the synthesis and application of liquid crystals, optical sensors, and block copolymers as functional materials for display materials, optical storage, biosensing, bioimaging and drug delivery. 

Fluorescent sensors:Fluorescent sensors have been widely used in the fields of medical health care, diagnosis, biological research, food safety, agriculture, industry, aerospace, and information. We will synthesize new types of organic and polymeric fluorescent sensors with high selectivity, stability, sensitivity as well as multi-functionality for simultaneously detecting a plurality of analytes. We will apply these sensors with an integration of various sensing devices to enable their wide applicability.

Drug delivery carriers: We will develop new drug delivery and release materials. From the materials view, we will focus on the materials with low toxicity, high drug loading capacity, excellent biodegradability, and controlled release function. Through the design and fine tune of structures, we will develop new advanced materials possessing high tumor inhibition and targeting abilities.

Multifunctional imaging probes: we will develop new multi-functional imaging probes with the properties of fluorescence, sensing, magnetic resonance imaging, and/or two-photon absorption.

Selected Publications (20 of over 110 publications):

1. Liqiang Zhang, Fengyu Su, Sean Buizer, Xiangxing Kong, Fred Lee, Kevin Day, Yanqing Tian*, Deirdre R. Meldrum, “A polymer-based ratiometric intracellular glucose sensor” Chemical Communications, 2014, 50(52), 6920-6922. (Corresponding author)

 (DOI: 10.1039/c4cc01110d)

2. Taraka Sai Pavan Grandhi, Thrimoorthy Potta, David J. Taylor, Yanqing Tian*, Roger H. Johnson, Deirdre R. Meldrum, Kaushal Rege, “Sensitizing cancer cells to TRAIL-induced death by micellar delivery of mitoxantrone”  Nanomedicine, in press, 2014. (Co-corresponding author)


3. Liqiang Zhang, Fengyu Su, Sean Buizer, Hongguang Lu, Weimin Gao, Yanqing Tian*, Deirdre Meldrum,) “A dual sensor for real-time monitoring of glucose and oxygen”  Biomaterials, 2013, 34(38), 9779-9788. (Corresponding author) (

4. Ching-Yi Chen, Tae Hee Kim, Wen-Chung Wu, Christopher W. Mount, Yanqing Tian, Sei-Hum Jang, Suzie H. Pun, and Alex K-Y Jen, “Development of pH Dependent, Thermosensitive Polymeric Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors”  Biomaterials, 2013, 34, 4501-4509.  (doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2013.02.049)

5. Xianfeng Zhou, Fengyu Su, Hongguang Lu, Patti Senechal-Willis, Yanqing Tian*, Roger H. Johnson, Deirdre R. Meldrum, “An FRET-Based Ratiometric Chemosensor for in Vitro Cellular Fluorescence Analyses of pH”  Biomaterials, 2012, 33, 171-180. (Corresponding author) (doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.09.053) 

6. Xianfeng Zhou, Fengyu Su, Yanqing Tian*, Cody Youngbull, Roger H. Johnson, and Deirdre R. Meldrum “A New Highly Selective Fluorescent K+ Sensor” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 18530–18533. (Corresponding author)  (doi:10.1021/ja207345s)

7. Hongguang Lu, Yuguang Jin, Yanqing Tian*, Weiwen Zhang, Mark R. Holl, Deirdre R. Meldrum, “New ratiometric optical oxygen and pH dual sensors with three emission colors for measuring photosynthetic activity in Cyanobacteria”  Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 19293-19301. (Corresponding author)  (doi: 10.1039/C1JM13754A)

8. Xianfeng Zhou, Fengyu Su, Weimin Gao, Yanqing Tian*, Cody Youngbull, Roger H. Johnson, Deirdre R. Meldrum, “Triazacryptand-Based Fluorescent Sensors for Extracellular and Intracellular K+ Sensing” Biomaterials, 2011, 32 (33), 8574-8583. (Corresponding author).

(doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.07.081)

9. Yanqing Tian*, Fengyu Su, Warner Weber, Vivek Nandakumar, Bradley R. Shumway, Yuguang Jin, Xianfeng Zhou, Mark Holl, Roger H. Johnson, and Deirdre R. Meldrum, “A series of naphthalimide derivatives as intra- and extra-cellular pH sensors”  Biomaterials, 2010, 31, 7411-7422.  (Corresponding author) (doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.06.023)

Figure 5 was selected by Chief Editor as one of the 12 representative figures the year of 2010.

10. Wen-Chung Wu, Ching-Yi Chen, Yanqing Tian, Sei-Hum Jang, Yuning Hong, Yang Liu, Rongrong Hu, Ben Zhong Tang, Chin-Ti Chen, Wen-Chang Chen, and Alex K.-Y. Jen, “Enhancement of Aggregation-Induced Emission in Dye-encapsulated Polymeric Micelles for Bioimaging” Advanced Functional Materials, 2010, 20 (9), 1413-1423. (DOI:10.1002/adfm.200902043)

11. Yanqing Tian*, B. R. Shumway, D. R. Meldrum, “A New Crosslinkable Oxygen Sensor Covalently Bonded into Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-co-Polyacrylamide Thin Film for Dissolved Oxygen Sensing”  Chemistry of Materials 2010, 22 (6), 2069–2078. (Corresponding author)  (DOI: 10.1021/cm903361y)

12. Y. Q. Tian*, C. Y. Chen, H.-L. Yip, W.-C. Wu, W.-C. Chen, A. K.-Y. Jen, “ Synthesis, Nanostructure, Functionality, and Application of Polyfluorene-block-Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)s”  Macromolecules, 2010,  43(1), 282-291. (Co-corresponding author) (DOI: 10.1021/ma9019619) 

13. Y. Q. Tian, C.-Y. Chen, C.-C. Yang, A. C. Young, S.-H. Jang, W.-C. Chen, A. K.-Y. Jen, “2-(2’-Hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole-containing Two-Photon Absorbing Chromophores as Sensors for Zinc and Hydroxide Ions”  Chemistry of Materials 20(5), 1977-1987, 2008. (DOI: 10.1021/cm702527m)

14. Y. Q. Tian, C.-Y. Chen, Y.-J. Cheng, A. C. Young, N. M. Tucker,  A. K.-Y. Jen, “Hydrophobic Chromophores in Aqueous Micellar Solution Showing Large Two-photon Absorption Cross-sections”  Advanced  Functional  Materials  17, 1691-1697, 2007. (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200600916) 

15. Y. Q. Tian, C.-Y. Chen, M. A. Haller, N. M. Tucker, J.-W. Ka, J. D. Luo, S. Huang, A. K.-Y. Jen, “Nanostructured Functional Block Copolymers for Electro-Optic Devices” Macromolecules 40(1), 97-104, 2007. (DOI: 10.1021/ma061294x)

16. C.-Y. Chen, Y. Q. Tian, Y.-J.  Cheng, A. C. Young, J.-W. Ka, A. K.-Y. Jen, “Two-photon Absorbing Block Copolymer as a Nanocarrier for Porphyrin - Energy Transfer and Singlet Oxygen Generation in Micellar Aqueous Solution”  Journal of the American Chemical Society 129 (23), 7220-7221, 2007. (DOI: 10.1021/ja071057p) 

17. Y. Niu, A. M. Munro, Y.-J. Cheng, Y. Q. Tian, M. S. Liu, J. Zhao, J. A. Bardecker, I.J-L. Plante, D. S. Ginger, A. K-Y. Jen, “Improved performance from multilayer quantum-dot light-emitting diodes via thermal annealing of the quantum dot layer”  Advanced Materials 19 (20), 3371-3376, 2007 (DOI: 10.1002/adma.200602373)

18. Y. Enami, C. T. Derose, D. Mathine, C. Loychiki, C. Greenlee, R. A. Norwood, T. D. Kim, J. Luo, Y. Q. Tian, A. K.-Y. Jen, N. Peyghambarian,  “Hybrid polymer/sol–gel waveguide modulators with exceptionally large electro–optic coefficients”  Nature Photonics, 1(3), 180-185, 2007 (Doi:10.1038/nphoton.2007.25)

19. Y. Q. Tian*, K. Kamata, H. Yoshida, T. Iyoda, “Synthesis, Liquid-Crystalline Properties, and Supramolecular Nanostructures of Dendronized Poly(isocyanide)s and Their Precursors”  Chemistry – A European Journal 12(2), 584-591, 2006.  A very important paper (VIP). (Co-corresponding author) (DOI: 10.1002/chem.200500868)

20. Y. Q. Tian, K. Watanabe, X. Kong, J. Abe, T. Iyoda, “Synthesis, Nanostructures, and Functionality of Amphiphilic Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers with  Azobenzene Moieties” Macromolecules, 35, 3739-3747, 2002 (DOI: 10.1021/ma011859j)

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