Research Interests

​Synthesis and self-assembly of functional nanoparticles with enhanced emission and catalytic properties


Selected Publications

  • Contribution of Metal Defects in the Assembly Induced Emission of Cu Nanoclusters
    Zhennan Wu, Huiwen Liu, Tingting Li, Jiale Liu, Jun Yin, Omar F. Mohammed, Osman. M. Bakr,...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 4318-4321. (Highlighted by Nature Middle East), (2017)
  • Single-unit-cell thick Co9S8 nanosheets from preassembled Co14 nanoclusters
    Zhennan Wu, Haoyang Zou, Tingting Li, Ziyi Cheng, Huiwen Liu, Yi Liu, Hao Zhang, Bai Yang
    Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 416-419, (2017)
  • Assembly-Induced Enhancement of Cu Nanoclusters Luminescence with Mechanochromic Property
    Zhennan Wu, Jiale Liu, Yang Gao, Huiwen Liu, Tingting Li, Haoyang Zou, Zhigang Wang, Kai Z...
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 12906-12913, (2015)
  • Self-assembly of nanoclusters into mono-, few-, and multilayered sheets via dipole-induced asymmetric van der Waals...
    Zhennan Wu, Jiale Liu, Yanchun Li, Ziyi Cheng, Tingting Li, Hao Zhang,* Zhongyuan Lu, and ...
    ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 6315-6323, (2015)
  • Colloidal self-assembly of catalytic copper nanoclusters into ultrathin ribbons
    Zhennan Wu, Yanchun Li, Jiale Liu, Zhongyuan Lu, Hao Zhang* and Bai Yang
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 1219612200, (2014)
  • Self-assembly of Au15 into single-cluster-thick sheets at the interface of two miscible high-boiling solvents
    Zhennan Wu, Chunwei Dong, Yanchun Li, Hongxia Hao, Hao Zhang,* Zhongyuan Lu, Bai Yang
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 9952-9955, (2013)
  • Hot-injection synthesis of manganese-ion-doped NaYF4:Yb,Er nanocrystals with red up-converting emission and tunable...
    Zhennan Wu, Min Lin, Sen Liang, Yi Liu, Hao Zhang, Bai Yang
    Part. Part. Syst. Charact., 2013, 30, 311-315. (Highlighted by Materials Views o..., (2013)
  • A pluronic F127 coating strategy to produce stable up-conversion NaYF4:Yb,Er (Tm) nanoparticles in culture media fo...
    Zhennan Wu, Changrun Guo, Sen Liang, Hao Zhang, Liping Wang, Hongchen Sun, Bai Yang
    J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 18596-18602, (2012)

Education Profile

  • ​B.S.  2011, Materials Chemistry, Anhui, China
  • Ph.D. 2016, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Jilin, China

Professional Profile

  • ​27. Jul. 2016-present, Postdoctoral Fellow, Functional Nanomaterials Lab, PSE, KAUST.
  • Sept. 2011-July 2016, PhD. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics in Jilin University, Jilin, China.
  • Sept. 2007-July 2011, B.S. in Materials Chemistry in Huaibei Normal University, Anhui, China.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)​​​
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)​