Principal Investigator

       Ye Zhang (Assistant Professor)

B.S. Nankai University
Ph.D. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professional Experience

  • Postdoc Fellow, University of Turin, Italy
  • Postdoc Fellow, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Visiting Scholar, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Postdoc Associate, Brandeis University, USA


  • International Research Fellowship, ICMR (International Center For Materials Research) at University of California, Santa Barbara (2010)
  • Excellent Oral Presentation Prize, Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, San Francisco (2011)
  • Best Poster Award, Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, Boston (2012)

Select Publications


  • Zhang, Y.; Xu, B. “Polymeric Materials Having Active Cross-linkers, Methods for Making Them, and Use Thereof” US Patent 43022.0100.

Book Chapter

  • Zhang, Y.; Xu, B.* “Superactivity of Enzymes in Supramolecular Hydrogels” in Proteins in Solution and at Interfaces: Methods and Applications in Biotechnology and Materials Science. Wiley, 2013, ISBN: 9780470952511

Selected Journal Article

  • Wei Ji, Shijin Zhang, Sachie Yukawa, Shogo Onomura, Toshio Sasaki, Kun'ichi Miyazawa, and Ye Zhang.* "Regulate  Higher-order Organization through the Synergy of Two Self-sorted Assemblies" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 3636-3640
  • Guanying Li, Toshio Sasaki, Shunsuke Asahina, Michael C. Roy, Toshiaki Mochizuki, Koji Koizumi  and Ye Zhang.* “Patching of Lipid Rafts by Molecular Self-Assembled Nanofibrils Suppresses Cancer Cell Migration” Chem2017, 2, 283-298.

  • Qingcong Wei, Mengchi Xu, Chuanan Liao, Qing Wu, Mingyu Liu, Ye Zhang,* Chengtie Wu,* Liming Cheng and Qigang Wang.*  "Printable hybrid hydrogel by dual enzymatic polymerization with superactivity" Chemical Science, 2016, 7, 2748.

  • Zhang, Y.; Zhou, N.; Shi, J. F.; Pochapsky, S. S.; Pochapsky, T. C.; Zhang, B.; Zhang, X. X.; Xu, B.* “Unfolding a molecular trefoil derived from a zwitterionic metallopeptide to form self-assembled nanostructures” Nature Commun. 2015, 6, 6165.

  • Zhang, Y.; Zhou, N.; Kim, D.; Fraden, S.*; Epstein, I. R.*; Xu, B.* “ Giant Volume Change of Active Gels under Continuous Flow” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 7341-7347.
  • Zhang, Y.; Zhou, N.; Akella, S.; Kuang, Y.; Kim, D.; Schwartz, A.; Bezpalko, M.; Foxman, B. M.; Fraden, S.; Epstein, I. R.*; Xu, B.* “ Active Hyper Crosslinkers Confer Active Gels” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6944-6948.
  • Zhang, Y.; Zhang, B.; Kuang, Y.; Gao, Y.; Shi, J.; Zhang, X. X.; Xu, B.* “A Redox Responsive, Fluorescent Supramolecular Metallohydrogel Consists of Nanofibers with Single-Molecule Width” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 5008-5011.
  • Zhang, Y.; Li, N.; Delgado, J.; Gao, Y.; Kuang, Y.; Fraden, S.; Epstein, I. R.*; Xu, B.* “Post-Self-Assembly Crosslinking of Molecular Nanofibers for Oscillatory Hydrogels” Langmuir, 2012, 28, 3063-3066.
  • Zhang, Y.; Kuang, Y.; Gao, Y.; Xu, B.* “Versatile Small Molecule Motifs for Self-assembly in Water and Formation of Biofunctional Supramolecular Hydrogels” Langmuir, 2011, 27, 529-537.