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Functional materials based on pi-conjugated molecular systems
Molecular materials with special optical, electrical and magnetic properties and optic-electric devices based on such materials have been a hot topic in recent years. And Organic Electronics is a growing industry based on the development of these research works. In this research area, developing of new functional molecular systems, exploring the structure-property relationship, and studying the physical processes in these materials have been the most fundamental and important subjects. In this project, Prof. Daoben Zhu explored the influences of molecular structures, nonbonding interactions on the electrical transport and optical properties of molecular materials, and studied how to adjust the stability and transport properties by tuning the energy level and reorganization energy of molecules. He also studied the interface problem in relation to the efficient injecting of charge carriers. A series of molecular materials with excellent optical and electrical properties have been developed in this project.
Daoben Zhu is a professor and Director of the Organic Solids Laboratory of the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was selected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997, and the member of TWAS in 2009.
He finished his graduate courses at the East China University of Science and Technology in 1968. From 1977 to 1979 and from 1985 to 1986, as a visiting-scholar and visiting-scientist he performed research in the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, respectively. His research interests include molecular materials and devices.

Professor Zhu has contributed a lot to development and promotion of research institutions, academic societies and research foundations in China. He was the vice-president of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) from 2000-2007. He served as the vice-director of the Institute of Chemistry, CAS from 1988 to 1992, and director from 1992 to 2000. He is a member and vice-president of Chinese Chemical Society, member and vice-president of Chinese Materials Society. Currently, he is fellows of Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and honor member of Korean Chemical Society. He is a member of editorial board of Chemistry-An Asian Journal, and Applied Physics A. He is also the member of International Advisory Board of Marcromolecular Rapid Communications, and Polymer Reviews. He received second-class prizes of National Natural Sciences of China in 1988, 2002, 2004 and 2007, respectively.