Chunhong Ye


Chunhong Ye    Assistant Professor, PI

InstituteSchool of Physical Science and Technology
Research AreaSoft micro-robotics, Chiroptics, Plasmonics, Assembly, Biomaterials, Repsonsive polymers

Dr. Ye obtained both her BS and MS degrees from Nanjing Forestry University in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In 2009, she entered a jointly supervised doctoral program between Nanjing Forestry University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and received her Ph. D degree in 2013. Following, she joined Prof. Vladimir Tuskruk’s group at Georgia Institute of Technology as Postdoc Research Fellow from 2013-2015. After this, she moved to Germany as a recipient of Humboldt Research Fellow, working at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research from Dec. 2015- Aug. 2018. In September 2018, Dr. Ye joined the School of Physical Science and Technology at ShanghaiTech University as an Assistance Professor (Tenure-track), PI.

Research Interests

In nature, for sustaining life and maintaining biological function, perfect examples of tailored molecular assemblies and interfaces have been demonstrated, which provide specific chemical functions and structures. Inspired by the nature, the research interests of Ye Group mainly focus on design and fabrication soft matter based biomimic micro/nano structures with environmental stimulated functions. The research topics include: 1. Polymer based responsive 3D actuator/robotics; 2. Plasmonic nanoparticle assembly and chiral optical properties; 3. Circular polarized phosphorescence; 4. Application of biomaterial based micro/nano structures in biological science. 

Selected Publications

1. Wang, X.; Meng, X.; Cui, T.; Hu, Q.; Jin, B.; He, Y.; Zhu, X.; Ye, C.*, Highly transparent cellulose-based phosphorescent materials with tunable afterglow colors and white emission. Carbohydr. Polym. 2024, 341, 122309.

2. Wang, H.; Chen, X.; Meng, X.; He, Y.; Jin, B.; Zhao, X.; Ye, C.*, Soft Micromotors with Switchable Motion Enabled by 3D-to-3D Shape Reconfiguration. Chem. Mater. 2024, 36, 4174.

3. Li, J.; Lu, C.; Ye, C.; Xiong, R.*, Structural, Optical, and Mechanical Insights into Cellulose Nanocrystal Chiral Nematic Film Engineering by Two Assembly Techniques. Biomacromolecules 2024, 25, 3507.

4. Miao, Q.; Wang, X.; Jin, B.; Chen, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Xiong, R.; Meng, X.*; Ye, C.*, Stimuli-Responsive Circularly Polarized Luminescence with Chiroptical Amplification and Inversion Enabled by Cholesteric Assembled Bio-Materials. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2024, 4861.

5. Jin, B.; Cui, T.; He, Y.; Zhang, M.; Qi, Y.; Ye, C.*, 3D Cellulose-Based Solar Evaporator with Tunable Porous Structures for High Steam Generation. Adv. Sustainable Syst, 2024, 2300670.

6. Meng, X.*; Wang, Y.; Bukharina, D.; Fei, Y.; Wang, J,; He, Y.; Miao, Q.; Yu, R.; Jin, B.; Wang, X.; Chen, G.; Li, K.; Tsukruk, V. V.; Wang, K.*; Ye, C.* Pressure Triggered Chiral Inversion of Helical Organization in Cellulose Nanocrystals. Adv. Optical Mater. 2024, 2303204.

7. Wang, X.; Miao, Q.; Zheng W.; Zhou, Y.; Xiong R.; Duan Y.*; Meng, X.*; Ye, C.* Switchable Circular Polarized Phosphorescence Enabled by Cholesteric Assembled Nanocelluloses. Chem. Eng. J. 2024, 481, 148463.

8. Zhou, Y.; Lu, C.; Lu, Z.; Guo, Z.; Ye, C.; Tsukruk, V. V.; Xiong, R.*, Chiroptical Nanocellulose Bio-Labels for Independent Multi-Channel Optical Encryption. Small, 2023, 19 (32), 2303064.

9. Guo, Z.; Sarkar, S.; Liu, R.; Zhang, Y.; Sheng, Q. T.; Chen, G. *; König, T. A. F. *; Ye, C. * Dynamic Tunable Chiral Plasmonic Properties via Self‐Assembly on Helical Threads. Adv. Optical Mater. 2023. 2302728.

10. He, Y. ; Li, H.; Steiner, A. M.; Fery, A.*; Zhang, Y.*; Ye, C.* Tunable Chiral Plasmonic Activities Enabled via Stimuli Responsive Micro‐Origami. Advanced Materials, 2023. 35, 2303595. Front cover

11. Meng, X.†; Hu, Q.†; Wang, Xi.†; Ma, F.; Liu, W.; Zhu,X.*; Ye C.* Ultralong Room-Temperature Phosphorescence from Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Accelerating Intersystem Crossing within Rigid Polymer Network J. Mater. Chem. C, 2022, 10(46): 17620-17627.

12. Zhang, X.; Kang, S.; Adstedt, K.; Kim, M.; Xiong, R.; Yu, J.; Chen, X.; Zhao, X.; Ye, C.;Tsukruk, V. V.*  Uniformly aligned flexible magnetic films from bacterial nanocelluloses for fast actuating optical materials. Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 5804.

13. Cui,T.; Liu,Z.; Gao,L.; He,Y.; Jin,B.; Meng,X.; Qi,Y.; Ye, C.Engineered Wood with Hierarchically Tunable Microchannels toward Efficient Solar Vapor Generation Langmuir 2022 38 (42), 12773-12784

14. Wang, H.; † Shao, R.; † Meng, X.; † He, Y.; Shi, Z.; Guo, Z. Ye, C.* Programmable Birefringent Patterns from Modulating the Localized Orientation of Cellulose Nanocrystals. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 31, 36277–36286.

15.  He, Y.; † Xu, L.; † Wang, W.; Meng, X.; Wu, G.;  Ye, C.* Studying the influence of plasma treatment on the cracks formation of PDMS wrinkling through orthogonal experiment. MRS Commun2022, 12(5): 603-608.

16. Zhao, Z.; He, Y.; Meng, X.; Ye, C.* 3D-to-3D Microscale Shape-Morphing from Configurable Helices with Controlled Chirality. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13 (51), 61723-61732.

17. Shao, R.; Meng, X.; Shi, Z.; Zhong, J.; Cai, Z.; Hu, J.; Wang, X.; Chen, G.; Gao, S.; Song, Y.; Ye, C.* Marangoni Flow Manipulated Concentric Assembly of Cellulose Nanocrystals. Small Methods 2021, 5(11), 2100690.

18. Xiong, R.; Luan, J.; Kang, S.; Ye, C.; Singamaneni, S.; Tsukruk, V. V. Biopolymeric Photonic Structures: Design, Fabrication, and Emerging Application. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2020, 49, 983-1031.

19.  Ye, C.; Nikolov, S. V., Geryak, R. D.; Calabrese, R.; Ankner, J. F.; Alexeev, A.; Kaplan, D. L.; Tsukruk, V. V. Silk Microsheet with Controlled Actuating Behavior: Experimental Analysis and Computer Simulations. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 17694-17706.  

20. Ye, C.; Tsukruk, V. V. Designing Two-Dimensional Materials That Spring Rapidly into Three-Dimensional Shapes. Science 2015, 347, 130-131. 

21. Ye, C.; Malak, S. T.; Hu, K. S.; Wu, W. B.; Tsukruk, V. V. Cellulose Nanocrystal Microcapsules as Tunable Cages for Nano-and Microparticles. ACS nano 2015, 9, 10887-10895.

22. Ye, C.; Nikolov, S. V.; Calabrese, R.; Dindar, A.; Alexeev, A.; Kippelen, B.; Kaplan, D. L.; Tsukruk, V. V. Self-(Un)rolling Biopolymer Microstructures: Rings, Tubules, and Helical Tubules from the Same Material. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 8490-8493. 

23. Ye, C.; Combs, Z. A.; Calabrese, R.; Dai, H.; Kaplan, D. L.; Tsukruk, V. V. Robust Microcapsules with Controlled Permeability from Silk Fibroin Reinforced with Graphene Oxide. Small 2014, 10, 5087-5097. 

24.  Ye, C.; Kulkarni, D. D.; Dai, H.; Tsukruk, V. V. Programmable Array of “Micro-Bubble” Constructs via Self-Encapsulation. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 4364-4373. 

25. Hu, K.; Tolentino, L. S.; Kulkarni, D. D.; Ye, C.; Kumar, S. Tsukruk, V. V. Written-in Conductive patterns on Robust Graphene Oxide Biopaper by Electrochemical Microstamping. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 51, 13784-13788. 

26. Ye, C.; Drachuk, I.; Calabrese, R.; Dai, H.; Kaplan, D. L.; Tsukruk, V. V. Permeability and Micromechanical Properties of Silk Microcapsules. Langmuir 2012, 33, 12235-12244.

27. Ye, C.; Shchepelina, O.; Calabrese, R.; Drachuk, I.; Kaplan, D. L.; Tsukruk, V. V. Robust and Responsive Silk Ionomer Microcapsules. Biomacromolecules 2011, 12, 4319-4325

Group Members

Xiao Meng

Assistant Research Fellow 

Doctor of Peking University

Zhen Guo

Assistant Research Fellow 

Doctor of University of Chinese Academy of Science

Yisheng He

PhD candidate in 2019

Bachelor of Zhengzhou University

Zhaojie Shi

Master candidate in 2020

Bachelor of ShanghaiTech University

Bowen Jin

Master candidate in 2021

Bachelor of China Agricultural University

Xinran Chen

Master candidate in 2021

Bachelor of Capital Normal University

Qing Miao

Master candidate in 2021

Bachelor of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

Xi Wang

Master candidate in 2022

Bachelor of ShanghaiTech University

Yuxiang Liu

Master candidate in 2022

Bachelor of Nanchang University

Yang Chen

Master candidate in 2022

Bachelor of Anhui Normal University

Juntong Lu

Master candidate in 2023

Bachelor of China University of Mining & Technology

Liang Yuan

Master candidate in 2023

Bachelor of Hainan University

Zhenghua Zhu

Master candidate in 2023

Bachelor of Huaiyin Normal University

Yanmei Li

Master candidate in 2023

Bachelor of Guangdong Medical University

Laboratory Instruments 

Plasma processing machine and vacuum drying ovenUV exposure machine and spin coating machine

Optical microscope and temperature control panelJ. A. Woollam spectroscopic ellipsometer

Sigma high-speed centrifugeIn situ freeze-drying machine

Single/multi-channel impregnation and pulling machineDark field hyperspectral microscope

HORIBA fluorescence spectrometerJASCO CPL-300 circularly polarized fluorescence spectrometer