1. Zhang X., Yan Y., Li N., Yang P., Yang Y., Duan G., Wang X., Xu Y.*, Li Y.*, A Robust and 3D-Printed Solar Evaporator Based on Naturally Occurring Molecules, Science Bulletin‚ 2023‚ 68, 203-213.
  2. Zhu F., Zhong J., Hu J., Yang P., Zhang J., Zhang M., Li Y.*, Gu Z.*, Carrier-Free Deferoxamine Nanoparticles against Iron Overload in Brain, CCS Chemistry‚ 2023‚ 5, 257-270.
  3. Yang Z., Zhang J., Liu H., Hu J., Wang X., Bai W., Zhang W., Yang Y., Gu Z., Li Y.*, A bioinspired strategy towards UV absorption enhancement of melanin-like polymers for sun protection, CCS Chemistry‚ 2023‚ in press.
  4. Wu W., Xu Y., Ma X., Tan Z., Zhang C*., Han J., Han X., He S., Duan G.*, Li Y.*, Cellulose-based Interfacial Solar Evaporators: Structural Regulation and Performance Manipulation, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2023‚ 33, 2302351.
  5. Li H., Zhang J., Yang L., Cao H., Yang Z., Yang P., Zhang W., Li Y., Chen X.*, Gu Z.*, Synergistic Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Nanoparticles assembled from Naturally Occurring Building Blocks, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2023‚ 33, 2212193.
  6. Yang Y., Yang L., Yang F., Bai W., Zhang X., Li H., Duan G., Xu Y.*, Li Y.*, A Bioinspired Antibacterial and Photothermal Membrane for Stable and Durable Clean Water Remediation, Materials Horizons‚ 2023‚ 10, 268-276. (ESI Hot and Highly Cited Paper)
  7. Yang P., Bai W., Zou Y., Zhang X., Yang Y., Duan G., Wu J., Xu Y.*, Li Y.*, A melanin-inspired robust aerogel for multifunctional water remediation, Materials Horizons‚ 2023‚ 10, 1020-1029. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  8. Li H., Zhang J., Xue H., Lin L., Liu X., Yang L., Gu Z., Cheng Y., Li Y.*, Huang Q.*, An Injectable All-Small-Molecule Dynamic Metallogel for Suppressing Sepsis, Materials Horizons‚ 2023, 10, 1789-1794.
  9. Cao H., Zhu J., Zhang J., Yang L., Guo X., Tian R., Wu H.*, Li Y.*, Gu Z.*, In situ fabrication of robust polyphenolic hydrogels for skin protection and repair, Chemistry of Materials‚ 2023‚ 35, 2191-2201.
  10. Yang P., Wang T., Zhang J., Zhang H., Bai W., Duan G., Zhang W., Wu J., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Manipulating the antioxidative capacity of melanin-like nanoparticles by involving condensation polymerization, Science China Chemistry‚ 2023‚ 66, 1520-1528.
  11. Bai W., Yang P., Zhang H., Wang T., Yang Y., Zhang X., Duan G., Xu Y.*, Li Y.*, Polycondensation-involved Melanin-like Polymers for Enhanced Solar Energy Utilization, Macromolecules‚ 2023‚ in press.
  12. Lv J., Yang Z., Wang C., Duan J., Ren L., Rong G., Feng Q., Li Y.*,Cheng Y.*, Efficient intracellular and in vivo delivery of toxin proteins by a ROS-responsive polymer for cancer therapy, Journal of Controlled Release‚ 2023‚ 355, 160-170.
  13. Zhu F., Zhang J., Zhong J., Wang T., Li Y., Gu Z.*, Natural polyphenol-based nanoparticles for the treatment of Iron-overload disease, Journal of Controlled Release‚ 2023‚ 356, 84-92.
  14. Liu T.*, Cavicchi K.*, Li Y.*, Yin P.*, Guest Editorial: Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Akron: Special Issue, Macromolecular Rapid Communications‚ 2023‚ 44, 2200793.
  15. Huang C., Wang X., Yang P., Shi S., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*,Size Regulation of Polydopamine Nanoparticles by Boronic Acid and Lewis Base, Macromolecular Rapid Communications‚ 2023‚ 44, 2100916. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)


  1. Cao H., Yang L., Wu H., Tian R., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Versatile Polyphenolic Platforms in Regulating Cell Biology, Chemical Society Reviews‚ 2022‚ 51, 4175-4198. (ESI Hot and Highly Cited Paper)
  2. Zhang H., Zhang J., Peng X., Li Z., Bai W., Wang T., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Smart Internal Bio-glues, Advanced Science‚ 2022‚ 9, 2203587.
  3. Yang L., Wang C., Li L., Zhu F., Ren X., Huang Q., Cheng Y.*, Li Y.*, Bioinspired Integration of Naturally Occurring Molecules towards Universal and Smart Antibacterial Coatings, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2022‚ 32, 2108749.
  4. Cheng X., Li L., Yang L., Huang Q., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, All-Small-Molecule Dynamic Covalent Hydrogels with Heat-Triggered Release Behavior for the Treatment of Bacterial Infections, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2022‚ 32, 2206201. (Cover Page)
  5. Xu Y., Hu J., Zhang X., Yuan D., Duan G., Li Y.*, Robust and Multifunctional Natural Polyphenolic Composites for Water Remediation, Materials Horizons‚ 2022‚ 9, 2496-2517.
  6. Li N., Yuan Z., Zhang X., Jin Z., Yang Y., Yang L., Duan G., Xu Y., Li Y.*, Degradable and Recyclable Solar Desalination Membranes Based on Naturally Occurring Building Blocks, Chemistry of Materials‚ 2022‚ 34, 10399-10408. (Highlighted by ACS Material X)
  7. Zhang H., Huang C., Zhang J., Wang C., Wang T., Shi S., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Synthetic Fungal Melanin Nanoparticles with Excellent Antioxidative Property, Giant‚ 2022‚ 12, 100120.
  8. Bai W., Yang P., Liu H., Zou Y., Wang X., Yang Y., Gu Z., Li Y.*, Boosting the Optical Absorption of Melanin-like Polymers, Macromolecules‚ 2022‚ 55, 3493-3501.
  9. Bai W., Xiang P., Liu H., Guo H., Tang Z., Yang P., Zou Y., Yang Y., Gu Z., Li Y.*, Molecular Hyperpolarization-Directed Photothermal-Enhanced Melanin-inspired Polymers, Macromolecules‚ 2022‚ 55, 6426-6434.
  10. Hu X., Li Z., Yang Z., Zhu F., Zhao W., Duan G., Li Y.*, Fabrication of Functional Polycatechol Nanoparticles, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2022‚ 11, 251-256. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  11. Zhang H., Xiao Y., Chen P., Cao H., Bai W., Yang Z., Yang P., Li Y.*, Gu Z.*, Robust Natural Polyphenolic Adhesives against Various Harsh Environments, Biomacromolecules‚ 2022‚ 23, 3493-3504.
  12. Wang T., Zhao J., Yang Z., Xiong L., Li L., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Polyphenolic Sunscreens for Photoprotection, Green Chemistry‚ 2022‚ 24, 3605-3622.
  13. Rong G., Wang C., Hu J., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Benzaldehyde-tethered Fluorous Tags for Cytosolic Delivery of Bioactive Peptides, Journal of Controlled Release‚ 2022‚ 351, 703-712. (Cover Page)
  14. Fu Y., Wan R., Yang L., Xiong L., Hu J., Tang J., He H., Gu Z.*, Li L.*, Li Y.*, Propolis Inspired Sunscreens for Efficient UV-Protection and Skin Barrier Maintenance, Nano Research‚ 2022‚ 15, 8237-8246.
  15. Yang L., Li L., Li H., Wang T., Ren X., Cheng Y., Li Y.*, Huang Q.*, Layer-by-layer assembled smart antibacterial coatings via mussel-inspired polymerization and dynamic covalent chemistry, Advanced Healthcare Materials‚ 2022‚ 11, 2200112.
  16. Zhang J., Xie H., Wang T., Zhang H., Yang Z., Yang P., Li Y., Ma X.*, Gu Z.*, Epicatechin-assembled nanoparticles against renal ischemia/reperfusion Injury, Journal of Materials Chemistry B‚ 2022‚ 10, 6965-6973.
  17. Wang T., Zhang J., Zhang H., Bai W., Dong J., Yang Z., Yang P., Gu Z., Li Y., Chen X.*, Xu Y.*, Antioxidative Myricetin Enriched Nanoparticles towards Acute Liver Injury, Journal of Materials Chemistry B‚ 2022‚ 10, 7875-7883.
  18. Liao L.-L., Wang Z.-H., Cao K.-G., Sun G.-Q., Zhang W., Ran C.-K., Li Y., Chen L., Cao G.-M., Yu D.-G.*, Electrochemical Ring-Opening Dicarboxylation of Strained Carbon-Carbon Single Bonds with CO2: Facile Synthesis of Diacids and Derivatization into Polyesters, Journal of the American Chemical Society‚ 2022‚ 144, 2062–2068.
  19. Lin X., Li H., Nie M., Fu S., Li Y., Zhang Q., Chen F., Han D.*, Fu Q.*, Engineering the Properties of Transparent Hybrid Coating toward High Hardness, Excellent Flexibility, and Multifunction, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces‚ 2022‚ 14, 39432–39440.


  1. Yang P., Zhu F., Zhang Z., Cheng Y., Wang Z.*, Li Y.*, Stimuli-Responsive Polydopamine-based Smart Materials, Chemical Society Reviews‚ 2021, 50, 8319-8343. (ESI Hot and Highly Cited Paper)
  2. Xu J., Li Z., Fan Q., Lv J., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Dynamic polymer amphiphiles for efficient intracellular and in vivo protein delivery, Advanced Materials‚ 2021‚ 33, 2104355.
  3. Yang L., Guo X., Jin Z., Guo W., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, Emergence of Melanin-inspired Supercapacitors, Nano Today‚ 2021‚ 37, 101075. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  4. Fan Q., Yang Z., Li Y., Cheng Y.*, Li Y.*, Polycatechol mediated siRNA delivery for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2021‚ 31, 2101646.
  5. Jin Z., Yang L., Shi S., Wang T., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, Flexible Polydopamine Bioelectronics, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2021‚ 31, 2103391.
  6. Hu J., Yang L., Cheng X., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Aminoglycoside based biomaterials: from material design to antibacterial and gene delivery applications, Advanced Functional Materials‚ 2021‚ 31, 2103718.
  7. Wang T., Fan Q., Hong J.*, Chen Z., Zhou X., Zhang J., Dai Y., Jiang H., Gu Z., Cheng Y.*, Li Y.*, Therapeutic Nanoparticles from Grape Seed for Modulating Oxidative Stress, Small‚ 2021‚ 17, 2102485.
  8. Yang P., Zhou X., Zhang J., Zhong J., Zhu F., Liu X., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Natural Polyphenol Fluorescent Polymer Dots, Green Chemistry‚ 2021‚ 23, 1834-1839.
  9. Zhang X., Li, Z., Yang P., Duan G., Liu X., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Polyphenol Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering, Materials Horizons‚ 2021‚ 8, 145-167. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  10. Fu Y., Yang L., Zhang J., Hu J., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, Gu Z.*, Polydopamine Antibacterial Materials, Materials Horizons‚ 2021‚ 8, 1618-1633. (ESI Hot and Highly Cited Paper)
  11. Li Z., Li Z., Hu J., Feng X., Zhang M., Duan G., Zhang R.*, Li Y.*, Self-Assembly of Poly(Janus Particle)s into Unimolecular and Oligomeric Spherical Micelles, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2021‚ 10, 1563-1569.
  12. Yang L., Zou Y., Xia W., Li H., He X., Zhou Y., Liu X, Zhang C., Li Y.*, Tea Stain-Inspired Solar Energy Harvesting Polyphenolic Nanocoatings with Tunable Absorption Spectra, Nano Research‚ 2021‚ 14, 969-975.
  13. Zou Y., Zhao J., Zhu J., Guo X., Chen P., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, A Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine-Filled Cellulose Aerogel for Solar-Enabled Water Remediation, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces‚ 2021‚ 13, 7617-7624. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  14. Yang P., Zhang J., Xiang S., Jin Z., Zhu F., Wang T., Duan G., Liu X., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Green Nanoparticle Scavengers against Oxidative Stress, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces‚ 2021‚ 13, 39126–39134.
  15. Zhu F., Zi L., Yang P., Wei Y., Zhong R., Wang Y., You C., Li Y., Tian M.*, Gu Z.*, Efficient Iron and ROS Nanoscavengers for Brain Protection after Intracerebral Hemorrhage,ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces‚ 2021‚ 13, 9729-9738.
  16. Li L., Zhang J., Liu M., Shi X., Zhang W., Li Y.*, Zhou N.*, Zhang Z.*, Zhu X., Smart Supramolecular Nanofibers and Nanoribbons from Uniform Amphiphilic Azobenzene Oligomers, Chemical Communications‚ 2021‚ 57, 2192-2195.
  17. Zou Y., Yang P., Yang L., Li N., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, Boosting Solar Steam Generation by Photothermal Enhanced Polydopamine/Wood Composites, Polymer‚ 2021‚ 217,123464. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  18. Guo W., Guo X., Yang L.*, Wang T., Zhang M., Duan G., Liu X., Li Y.*, Synthetic melanin facilitates MnO supercapacitors with high specific capacitance and wide operation potential window, Polymer‚ 2021‚ 235, 124276.
  19. Yang Z., Guo W., Yang P., Hu J., Duan G., Liu X., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Metal-Phenolic Network Green Flame Retardants, Polymer‚ 2021‚ 221, 123627.
  20. Huang L., Zhang, J., Liu X., Zhao T.*, Gu Z., Li Y.*, L-arginine/nanofish bone nanocomplex enhances bone regeneration via antioxidant activities and osteoimmunomodulatory properties, Chinese Chemical Letters, 2021‚ 32, 234-238.
  21. Chen P., Yang F., Gu Z.*, Li Y.*, Recent Progress in Antioxidant Hydrogels, Journal of Functional Polymers‚ 2021‚ 34, 182-194. (An Invited Article for the Special Issue of Biomedical Polymers) (陈鹏,杨凤英,顾志鹏*,李乙文*,抗氧化水凝胶材料的研究进展,功能高分子学报, 2021‚ 34, 182-194。生物医用功能高分子特刊邀请文章)
  22. Zou Y., Wu X., Li H., Yang L., Zhang C., Wu H.*, Li Y.*, Xiao L.*, Metal-Phenolic Network Coated Cellulose Foams for Solar-Driven Clean Water Production, Carbohydrate Polymers‚ 2021‚ 254, 117404.
  23. Fu Y., Zhang J., Wang Y., Li J., Bao X., Xu X., Zhang C., Li Y., Wu H.*, Gu Z.*, Reduced polydopamine nanoparticles incorporated oxidized dextran/chitosan hybrid hydrogels with enhanced antioxidative and antibacterial properties for accelerated wound healing, Carbohydrate Polymers‚ 2021‚ 257, 117598.
  24. Li L., Li Y., Wang S., Ye L., Zhang W.*, Zhou N.*, Zhang Z., Zhu X., Morphological modulation of azobenzene-containing tubular polymersomes, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2021‚ 12, 3052-3059
  25. Shao Y., Han D., Yan X., Hou B., Li Y., He J.*, Fu Q.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Phase Behaviors of Multi-tailed B2AB2-Type Regio-isomeric Giant Surfactants at the Columnar-Spherical Boundary, Chinese Journal of Chemistry‚ 2021‚ 39, 3261-3268.


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  3. Shen W., Wang R., Fan Q., Gao X., Wang H., Shen Y., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Natural polyphenol inspired polycatechols for efficient siRNA delivery, CCS Chemistry‚ 2020‚ 2, 146-157. (Highlighted by CCS)
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  12. Zou Y., Wu T., Li N., Guo X., Li Y.*, Photothermal-Enhanced Synthetic Melanin Inks for Near-Infrared Imaging, Polymer‚ 2020‚ 186, 122042.
  13. Zou Y., Chen X., Guo W., Liu X., Li Y.*, Flexible and Robust Polyaniline Composites for Highly Efficient and Durable Solar Desalination, ACS Applied Energy Materials‚ 2020‚3, 2634-2642.
  14. Li L., Cui S., Hu A., Zhang W., Li Y.*, Zhou N.*, Zhang Z., Zhu X., Smart Azobenzene-Containing Tubular Polymersomes: Fabrication and Precise Morphological Tuning,Chemical Communications‚ 2020‚ 56, 6237-6240.
  15. Li Z., Hu J., Yang L., Zhang X., Liu X., Wang Z.*, Li Y.*, Integrated POSS-Dendrimer Nanohybrid Materials: Current Status and Future Perspective, Nanoscale‚ 2020‚ 12,11395-11415.
  16. Shen W., Fan Q., Wang R., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Natural Polyphenol Assisted Delivery of Single-strand Oligonucleotides by Cationic Polymers, Gene Therapy‚ 2020‚ 27, 383-391.(Highlighted by Gene Therapy) (Spotlight on Gene Therapy in China)
  17. Li Z., Wang T., Zhu F, Wang Z.*, Li Y.*, Bioinspired Fluorescent Dihydroxyindoles Oligomers‚ Chinese Chemical Letters, 2020‚ 31, 783-786. (ESI Highly Cited Paper)
  18. Shen Y., Zhu F., Shen W., Fan Q., Li Y.*, Cheng Y.*, Structure-Function Relationship of Plant Polyphenols for Promoted siRNA Delivery, Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities 2020‚ 41, 633-638. (An Invited Article for the Special Issue 2020) (沈扬,朱方,沈湾湾,范倩倩,李乙文*,程义云*,植物多酚基元辅助递送siRNA的构效关系研究,高等学校化学学报,2020,41, 633-638。庆祝复刊40周年学术论文特刊)
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  21. Zhang J., Fu Y., Yang P., Liu X., Li Y., Gu Z.*, ROS Scavenging Biopolymers for Anti-inflammatory Diseases: Classification and Formulation, Advanced Materials Interfaces‚ 2020‚ 64, 2000632.
  22. Weng C., Fan N., Xu T., Chen H., Li Z., Li Y., Tan H., Fu Q., Ding M.*, FRET-based polymer materials for detection of cellular microenvironments, Chinese Chemical Letters‚2020‚ 31, 1490-1498.
  23. Dong P., Zheng J., Wang X., Zhang X., Li Y.‚ Wu H.*, Li L.*, Recent Advances in Targeting Nuclear Molecular Imaging Driven by Tetrazine Bioorthogonal Chemistry, Current Medicinal Chemistry‚ 2020‚ 27, 3924-3943.


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  2. Xiang S., Yang P., Guo H., Zhang S., Zhang X., Zhu F., Li Y.*, Green Tea Makes Polyphenol Nanoparticles with Radical-Scavenging Activities, Macromolecular Rapid Communications‚ 2017‚ 38, 1700446. (Highlighted by MaterialsViews…)DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700446
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  4. Li Y.‚ Dong X.-H., Zou Y., Wang Z., Yue K., Huang M., Liu H., Feng X., Lin Z., Zhang W., Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Meets “Click” Chemistry: Rational Design and Facile Preparation of Functional Hybrid Materials, Polymer‚ 2017, 125, 303-329. (An Invited Feature Article) (Cover Page) DOI: 10.1002/bkcs.10677
  5. Feng X., Zhang R., Li Y., Hong Y.-L, Guo D., Lang K., Wu K.-Y., Huang M., Mao J., Wesdemiotis C., Nishiyama Y., Zhang W., Zhang W., Miyoshi T.*, Li T.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Hierarchical Self-Organization of ABn Dendron-type Molecules into Supramolecular Lattice Sequence, ACS Central Science‚ 2017‚ 3, 860-867. (co-first author) (Selected as Hero Image…) DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.7b00188
  6. Wang Z., Carniato F., Xie Y., Huang Y., Li Y.‚ He S., Zang N., Rinehart J. D.*, Botta M.*, Gianneschi N.C.*, High Relaxivity Gadolinium-Polydopamine Nanoparticles, Small‚ 2017‚ 13, 1701830.DOI: 10.1002/smll.201701830
  7. Wei J., Shuai X., Wang R., He X., Li Y.‚ Ding M.*, Li J., Tan H.*, Fu Q., Clickable and imageable multiblock polymer micelles with magnetically guided and PEG-switched targeting and release property for precise tumor theranosis, Biomaterials‚ 2017‚ 145, 138–153.DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.08.005
  8. Xiao M., Hu Z., Wang Z., Li Y.‚ Tormo A.D., Thomas N.L., Wang B., Gianneschi N.C.*, Shawkey M.D.*‚ Dhinojwala A.*, Bio-Inspired Bright Non-Iridescent Photonic Melanin Supraballs, Science Advances‚ 2017‚ 3, e1701151.DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701151
  9. Wang Z., Xie Y., Li Y.‚ Huang Y., Ditri T., Zang N., Rinehart J. D.*, Gianneschi N.C.*, Tunable, Metal-Loaded Polydopamine Nanoparticles Analyzed by Magnetometry, Chemistry of Materials‚ 2017‚ 29, 8195–8201.DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02262
  10. Huang Y., Li Y.‚ Hu Z., Yue X., Proetto M.T., Jones Y., Gianneschi N.C.*, Mimicking Melanosomes: Polydopamine Nanoparticles as Artificial Microparasols, ACS Central Science‚ 2017‚ 3, 564-569.DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00230
  11. Zhou Z., Yan Y., Hu K., Zou Y., Li Y.‚ Ma R., Zhang Q.*, Cheng Y.*, Tunable, Autophagy Inhibition Enabled Efficient Photothermal Therapy at a Mild Temperature, Biomaterials‚ 2017‚ 141, 116–124.DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.06.030
  12. Ong Y.S., Gao L., Kalesh K.A., Yu Z.*, Wang J., Liu C., Li Y.‚ Sun H., Lee S.S.*, Recent Advances in Synthesis and Identification of Cyclic Peptides for Bioapplications, Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, 2017‚ 17, 2302-2318. DOI: 10.2174/1568026617666170224121658


  1. Li Y.‚ Xie Y., Wang Z., Zang N., Carniato F., Huang Y., Thompson M.P., Andolina C.M., Parent L.R., Ditri T., Walter E.D., Botta M., Rinehart J. D.*, Gianneschi N.C.*, Structure and Function of Iron-Loaded Synthetic Melanin, ACS Nano‚ 2016‚ 10, 10186-10194. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b05502
  2. Zhang W., Huang M., Su H., Zhang S., Yue K., Dong X.-H., Li X., Liu H., Zhang S., Wesdemiotis C., Lotz B., Zhang W.-B.*, Li Y.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Toward Controlled Hierarchical Heterogeneities in Giant Molecules with Precisely Arranged Nano-Building Blocks, ACS Central Science, 2016‚ 2, 48-54. (Listed as One of Monthly Most-Accessed Articles in Feb. 2016) (Highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology, ACS Central Science, Phys. Org.…) DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.5b00385
  3. Li Y.‚ Huang Y., Wang Z., Carniato F., Xie Y., Patterson J.P., Thompson M.P., Andolina C.M., Ditri T., Millsteone J.E., Figueroa S.J., Rinehart J. D., Scadeng M., Botta M., Gianneschi N.C.*, Polycatechol Nanoparticle MRI Contrast Agents, Small‚ 2016‚ 12, 668-677.DOI: 10.1002/smll.201502754
  4. Zhou F., Zhang Z., Jiang G., Lu J., Chen X., Li Y.*, Zhou N.*, Zhu X.*, Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Macrocycles Containing Polymeric Liquid Crystal Grafts in Solution, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2016‚ 7, 2785-2789.DOI: 10.1039/c6py00545d
  5. Chu Y., Zhang W., Lu X., Mu G., Zhang B., Li Y.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Liu T.*, Rational Controlled Morphological Transitions in the Self-Assembled Multiheaded Giant Surfactants in Solution, Chemical Communications‚ 2016‚ 52, 8687-8690.DOI: 10.1039/c6cc04567g
  6. Chang L., Hu J., Chen F., Chen Z., Shi J., Yang Z., Li Y.*, Lee L.J.*, Nanoscale Bio-Platforms for Living Cell Interrogation: Current Status and Future Perspectives, Nanoscale‚ 2016‚ 8, 3181-3206.DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06694h
  7. Xiao M., Li Y.‚ Zhao J., Wang Z., Gao M., Gianneschi N.C.*, Dhinojwala A.*, Shawkey M.D.*‚ Stimuli-Responsive Structurally Colored Films from Bioinspired Synthetic Melanin Nanoparticles, Chemistry of Materials‚ 2016‚ 28, 5516-5521. (co-first author) (Highlighted by C&EN…)DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02127
  8. Li Y.*, Yang Z.*, Liu Y.*, Editorial: Organic Materials in Nanomedicine, Current Organic Chemistry‚ 2016‚ 20, 1754-1755.DOI: 10.2174/138527282017160531211640
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  9. Wei W.*, Lin L., Cai X., Li Y., Yu Z., Zhong J.*, Low-Temperature Synthesized Well-Crystallized ZnO Microspheres for Photocatalysis, Science of Advanced Materials‚ 2016‚ 8, 811-816. DOI: 10.1166/sam.2016.2646
  10. Han S.-Y., Wang X.-M., Shao Y., Guo Q.-Y., Li Y., Zhang W.-B.*, Janus POSS Based on Mixed [2:6] Octakis-Adduct Regioisomers, Chemistry – A European Journal‚ 2016‚ 22, 6397-6403. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201600579
  11. Gu Z., Huang B., Li Y., Tian M., Li L., Yu X.*, Strontium-Doped Calcium Polyphosphate/Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Composites: A New Class of Artificial Joint Components with Enhanced Biological Efficacy to Aseptic Loosening, Materials Science and Engineering: C‚ 2016‚ 61, 526-533.DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.36241


  1. Liu X., Gong X.*, Hu Q., Li Y.*, Ion-Modulated Flow Behavior of Layer-by-Layer Fabricated Polymer Thin Films, RSC Advances, 2015‚ 5, 64192-64195.DOI: 10.3724/sp.j.1105.2007.00042
  2. Xiao M., Li Y.‚ Allen M.C., Deheyn D.D., Yue X., Zhao J., Gianneschi N.C.*, Shawkey M.D.*‚ Dhinojwala A.*, Bio-inspired Structural Colors via Assembly of Synthetic Melanin Nanoparticles, ACS Nano‚ 2015‚ 9, 5454–5460. (co-first author) (Featured in ACS Editors’ Choice) (Selected as ACS LiveSlides) (Highlighted by NSF, C&EN, Nano Today…) (Listed as One of Monthly Most Read Articles During May- August 2015, Top 1 in June-August 2015; Most Read Articles During the Past 12 Months in 2015) DOI: 10.1002/adma.201502003
  3. Sun Y., Wang Z., Li Y.*, Zhang Z., Zhang W., Pan X., Zhou N.*, Zhu X.*, Photoresponsive Amphiphilic Macrocycles Containing Main-Chain Azobenzene Polymers, Macromolecular Rapid Communications‚ 2015‚ 36, 1341-1347.DOI: 10.1002/marc.201500136
  4. Chen B., Wang Z., Lu J., Yang X., Wang Y., Zhang Z., Zhu J., Zhou N.*, Li Y.*, Zhu X.*, Cyclic Azobenzene-Containing Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers: Solution Self-Assembly and UnusualPhoto-Responsive Behaviors, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2015‚ 6, 3009-3013. (Listed as One of Monthly Most-Accessed Articles in Mar-Apr. 2015) DOI: 10.1039/c5py00246j
  5. Li Y., Su H., Feng X., Yue K., Wang Z., Lin Z., Zhu X., Fu Q., Zhang Z.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Precision Synthesis of Macrocyclic Giant Surfactants Tethered with Two Different Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes at Distinct Ring Locations via Four Consecutive “Click” Reactions, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2015‚ 6, 827-837. (Listed as One of Monthly Most-Accessed Articles in Nov. 2014) DOI: 10.1039/c4py01360c
  6. Wang Z., Li Y.‚ Huang Y., Thompson M.P., LeGuyader C.L.M., Sahu S., Gianneschi N.C.*, Enzyme-Regulated Topology of a Cyclic Peptide Brush Polymer for Tuning Assembly, Chemical Communications, 2015‚ 51, 17108-17111. (co-first author) DOI: 10.1039/c5cc05653e
  7. Nguyen M., Carlini A., Chien M.-P., Sonnenberg S., Luo C., Braden R., Osborn K., Li Y.‚ Gianneschi N.C.*, Christman K.*, Enzyme-Responsive Nanoparticles for Targeted Accumulation and Prolonged Scaffold Retention in Heart Tissue After Myocardial Infarction, Advanced Materials‚ 2015‚ 27, 5547-5552.
  8. Zhao J., Zhou Y., Li Y.‚ Pan X., Zhang W., Zhou N., Zhang K., Zhang Z.*, Zhu X.*, Modular Construction of Macrocycle-based Topological Polymers via High-Efficient Thiol Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2015‚ 6, 2879-2891.DOI: 10.1039/c5py00174a
  9. Huang M., Hsu C.-H., Wang J., Mei S., Dong X., Li Y.‚ Li M., Liu H., Zhang W., Aida T., Zhang W.-B.*, Yue K.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Selective assemblies of giant tetrahedra via precisely controlled positional interactions, Science‚ 2015, 348, 424-428.
  10. Yu Z., Xu Q., Dong C., Lee S.S., Gao L., Li Y.‚ D’Ortenzio M., Wu J.*, Self-Assembling Peptide Nanofibrous Hydrogel as a Versatile Drug Delivery Platform, Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2015‚ 21, 4342-4354. DOI: 10.2174/1381612821666150901104821
  11. Zhou F., Li Y.‚ Jiang G., Zhang Z., Tu Y., Chen X.*, Zhou N.*, Zhu X.*, Biomacrocyclic Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers Bearing Cholesterol Mesogens: Facile Synthesis and Topological Effects Study, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2015‚ 6, 6885-6893. DOI: 10.1039/c5py01003a
  12. Ni B., Huang M., Chen Z., Chen Y., Hsu C.-H., Li Y.‚ Pochan D., Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Dong X.*, Pathway towards Large Two-Dimensional Hexagonally Patterned Colloidal Nanosheets in Solution, Journal of the American Chemical Society‚ 2015‚ 137, 1392-1395.


  1. Feng X., Zhu S., Yue K., Su H., Guo K., Wesdemiotis C., Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Li Y.*, T10 Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Shape Amphiphiles with Diverse Head Functionalities via “Click” Chemistry, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2014‚ 3, 900-905. (Listed as One of Monthly Most-Accessed Articles During Sep.-Oct. 2014, Top 5 in Sep. 2014) DOI: 10.1021/mz500422g
  2. Yu X., Li Y.‚ Dong X.-H., Yue K., Feng X., Lin Z., Huang M., Zhang W.-B.*‚ Cheng S.Z.D.*, Giant Surfactants Based on Molecular Nanoparticles: Prevision Synthesis and Solution Self-Assembly, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics‚ 2014‚ 52, 1309-1325. (co-first author). (An Invited Review) (Cover Page) DOI: 10.1002/polb.23571
  3. Lin M.-C., Hsu C.-H., Sun H.-J., Wang C.-L., Zhang W.-B., Li Y.‚ Chen H.-L., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Crystal structure and molecular packing of an asymmetric giant amphiphile constructed by one C60 and two POSSs Polymer, Polymer‚ 2014‚ 55, 4514-4520.DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.07.008
  4. Li Y., Su H., Feng X., Wang Z., Guo K., Wesdemiotis C., Fu Q., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Thiol-Michael “Click” Chemistry: Another Efficient Tool for Head Functionalization of Giant Surfactants, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2014‚ 5, 6151-6162. (Cover Page) (Listed as One of Monthly Most Downloaded Articles During Aug.-Oct. 2014, Top 1 in Sep. 2014) DOI: 10.1039/c4py01103a
  5. Dong X.-H., Lu X., Ni B., Chen Z., Yue K., Li Y.‚ Rong L., Koga T., Hsiao B.S., Newkome G.R., Zhang W.-B.*‚ Cheng S.Z.D.*, Effects of molecular geometry on the self-assembly of giant polymer-dendron conjugates in condensed state, Soft Matter‚ 2014‚ 10, 3200-3208.DOI: 10.1039/c3sm52087k
  6. Su H., Li Y.*, Yue K., Wang Z., Lu P., Feng X., Dong X.-H., Zhang S., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Macromolecular Structure Evolution toward Giant Molecules of Complex Structure: Tandem Synthesis of Asymmetric Giant Gemini Surfactants, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2014‚ 5, 3697-3706.DOI: 10.1039/c4py00107a
  7. Ni B., Dong X.-H.*, Chen Z., Lin Z., Li Y.‚ Huang M., Fu Q., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*‚ “Clicking” Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane onto Polymers: A Modular Approach toward Shape Amphiphiles with Fluorous Molecular Clusters, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2014‚ 5, 3588-3597.DOI: 10.1039/c3py01670f
  8. Zhang W.-B.‚ Yu X., Wang C.-L., Sun H.-J., Hsieh I-F., Li Y.‚ Dong X.-H., Yue K., Horn R.V., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Molecular Nanoparticles Are Unique Elements for Macromolecular Science: From “Nano-Atoms” to Giant Molecules, Macromolecules‚ 2014‚ 47, 1221-1239.DOI: 10.1021/ma401724p
  9. Li Y., Guo K., Su H., Li X., Wang Z., Feng X., Zhang W., Zhu S., Wesdemiotis C.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Tuning “Thiol-Ene” Reactions toward Controlled Symmetry Breaking in Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes, Chemical Science‚ 2014‚ 5, 1046-1053.


  1. Li Y., Wang Z., Zheng J., Su H., Lin F., Guo K., Feng X., Wesdemiotis C., Becker M. L., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Cascading One-Pot Synthesis of Single-tailed and Asymmetric Multitailed Giant Surfactants, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2013‚ 2, 1026-1032. (Listed as Top 5 Monthly Most-Accessed Articles in Nov. 2013) DOI: 10.1021/mz400519c
  2. Su H., Zheng J., Wang Z., Lin F., Feng X., Dong X.-H., Becker M. L., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Li Y.*, Sequential Triple “Click” Approach toward Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Multiheaded and Multitailed Giant Surfactants, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2013‚ 2, 645-650. (Listed as One of Monthly Most-Accessed Articles During Jul.-Aug. 2013) DOI: 10.1021/mz4002723
  3. Yu X., Yue K., Hsieh I-F., Li Y., Dong X.-H., Liu C., Xin Y., Wang H.-F., Shi A.-C., Newkome G.R., Ho R.-M., Chen E.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Giant Surfactants Provide a Versatile Platform for Sub-10 nm Nanostructure Engineering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences‚ 2013‚ 110, 10078-10083.
  4. Wang Z., Li Y.*, Dong X.-H., Yu X., Guo K., Su H., Yue K., Wesdemiotis C., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Giant Gemini Surfactants Based on Polystyrene-Hydrophilic Polyhedral Oligometic Silsesquioxane Amphiphiles: Sequential “Click” Chemistry and Solution Self-Assembly, Chemical Science‚ 2013‚ 4, 1345-1352.DOI: 10.1039/c3sc22297g


  1. Yue K., Liu C., Guo K., Yu X., Huang M., Li Y., Wesdemiotis C., Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Sequential “Click” Approach to Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Shape Amphiphiles, Macromolecules‚ 2012‚ 45, 8126-8134.DOI: 10.1021/ma3013256
  2. Zhang J., Hu J., Feng X., Li Y., Zhao L.‚ Xu T.*, Cheng Y.*‚ Interactions between Oppositely Charged Dendrimers, Soft Matter‚ 2012‚ 8, 9800-9806.DOI: 10.1039/c2sm26353j
  3. Li Y., Dong X.-H., Guo K., Wang Z., Chen Z., Wesdemiotis C., Quirk R.P.*, Zhang W.-B.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Synthesis of Shape Amphiphiles Based on POSS Tethered with Two Symmetric/Asymmetric Polymer Tails via Sequential “Grafting-From” and Thiol-Ene “Click” Chemistry, ACS Macro Letters‚ 2012‚ 1, 834-839.DOI: 10.1021/mz300196x
  4. Dong X.-H., Zhang W.-B.*‚ Li Y.‚ Huang M., Zhang S., Quirk R.P., Cheng S.Z.D.*, Synthesis of Fullerene-Containing Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-Polystyrene as Model Shape Amphiphiles with Variable Composition, Diverse Architecture, and High Fullerene Functionality, Polymer Chemistry‚ 2012‚ 3, 124-134.DOI: 10.1039/c1py00435b


  1. Li Y.‚ Zhang W.-B.*‚ Hsieh I-F., Zhang G., Cao Y., Li X., Wesdemiotis C., Lotz B., Xiong H.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Breaking Symmetry toward Nonspherical Janus Particles Based on Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes: Molecular Design, “Click” Synthesis, and Hierarchical Structure, Journal of the American Chemical Society‚ 2011‚ 133, 10712-10715.DOI: 10.1021/ja202906m
  2. Li Y.‚ Zhang W.-B.*‚ Janoski J., Li X., Dong X., Wesdemiotis C., Quirk R.P.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Anionic Synthesis of Mono- and Heterotelechelic Polystyrenes via Thiol-ene “Click” Chemistry and Hydrosilylation, Macromolecules‚ 2011‚ 44, 3328-3337.DOI: 10.1021/ma200364p
  3. Zhang W.-B.‚ Li Y.‚ Li X., Dong X., Yu X., Wang C.-L., Wesdemiotis C., Quirk R.P.*, Cheng S.Z.D.*, Synthesis of Shape Amphiphiles Based on Functional Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane End-Capped Poly(l-Lactide) with Diverse Head Surface Chemistry, Macromolecules‚ 2011‚ 44, 2589-2596.DOI: 10.1021/ma200268u
  4. Cheng Y.*‚ Zhao L.‚ Li Y.‚ Xu T.*, Design of Biocompatible Dendrimers for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy: Current Status and Future Perspectives‚ Chemical Society Reviews‚ 2011‚ 40, 2673-2703.DOI: 10.1039/c0cs00097c

2010 and earlier

  1. Cheng Y.*‚ Wu Q.‚ Li Y.‚ Hu J.‚ Xu T.*, New Insights into the Interactions between Dendrimers and Surfactants: 2. Design of New Drug Formulations Based on Dendrimer-Surfactant Aggregates‚ Journal of Physical Chemistry B‚ 2009‚ 113, 8339-8346.DOI: 10.1021/jp804954j
  2. Yang W., Li Y., Cheng Y.*, Wu Q., Wen L., Xu T.*, Evaluation of Phenylbutazone and Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers Interactions by a Combination of Solubility, 2D-NOESY NMR, and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry Studies. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences‚ 2009‚ 98, 1075-1085.
  3. Cheng Y. ‡*, Li Y., Wu Q., Zhang J., Xu T.*, Generation-dependent Encapsulation of Hydrophobic Drug Molecules into Poly (amidoamine) Dendrimers: Evidences from 2D-NOESY Investigations. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry‚ 2009‚ 44, 2219-2213. (co-first author).DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2008.05.031
  4. Cheng Y.*, Li Y., Wu Q., Xu T.*, New Insights into the Interactions between Dendrimers and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate by Two Dimensional NOE NMR Spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry B‚ 2008‚ 112, 12674-12680.DOI: 10.1021/jp804954j
  5. Cheng Y.*, Wu Q., Li Y., Xu T.*, External electrostatic interaction versus internal encapsulation between cationic dendrimers and negatively charged drugs: Which contributes more to solubility enhancement of the drugs? Journal of Physical Chemistry B‚ 2008‚ 112, 8884-8890.DOI: 10.1021/jp801742t
  6. Cheng Y.*, Gao Y., Rao T., Li Y., Xu T.*, Dendrimers-Based Prodrugs: Design, Synthesis, Screening and Biological Evaluation. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 2007, 14, 336-349.
  7. Li Y., Cheng Y.*, Xu T.*, Design, Synthesis and Potent Pharmaceutical Applications of Glycodendrimers. Current Drug Discovery Technologies, 2007, 4, 246-254.DOI: 10.2174/157016307783220503