Professor, Department of Chemistry
Memorial University, Canada
Yuming Zhao obtained his PhD in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Rik R. Tykwinski at the University of Alberta, working on the synthesis of cross-conjugated oligo(enyne)s and characterization of their electronic and nonlinear optical properties. From 2002 to 2004, he was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow, working with Prof. James M. Tour at Rice University. His postdoctoral research focused on the synthesis of nanoscale molecular vehicles (“nancars”) and fullerene-oligomer derivatives. In 2004, he joined the Department of Chemistry, Memorial University, as an assistant professor, and he is now an associate professor at Memorial University. His research interests range from the synthesis of novel pi-extended tetrathiafulvalene derivatives, pi-conjugated oligomers and shape-persistent macrocycles, fullerene-dendrimerderivatives, to the design of functional chemo-/bio-sensors and functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes. He was the recipient of PetroCanada Young Innovator Award in 2007.
1. Development of molecular materials and devices based on redox-active and fluorescent organic compounds and macromolecules.
2. Non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes.
3. Design and synthesis of functional receptors for carbohydrates, fullerenes, and metal ions.
4. Understanding the fundamental reaction mechanisms and structure-property relationships for tetrathiafulvalene derivatives.