Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Zhichang Liu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Hunan, China

Joined group: 2010


2010.05-Present Postdoc, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

2006.09-2010.01 Ph.D, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Shanghai, China

2009.04-2009.10 Visiting Researcher, National Taiwan University


26. Samanta, A.#; Liu, Z.# (#Co-First Author); Nalluri, S. K. M.; Zhang, Y.; Schatz, G. C.; Stoddart, J. F.* Supramolecular double helix formation by diastereoisomeric conformations of configurationally enantiomeric macrocycles.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b09258.
25. Liu, Z.; Samanta, A.; Lei, J.; Sun, J.; Wang, Y.; Stoddart, J. F. Cation-Dependent Gold Recovery with α-Cyclodextrin Facilitated by Second-Sphere Coordination.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11643–11653. (ACS Editors' Choice)
24. Wang, Y.; Sun, J.; Liu, Z.; Nassar, M. S.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. Symbiotic control in mechanical bond formation.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 12387–12392.
23. Nalluri, S. K. M.; Liu, Z.; Wu, Y.; Hermann, K. R.; Samanta, A.; Stoddart, J. F. Chiral Redox-Active Isosceles Triangles.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5968–5977.
22. Liu, Z.; Sun, J.; Zhou, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Wu, Y.; Nalluri, S. K. M.; Wang, Y.; Samanta, A.; Mirkin, C. A.; Schatz, G. C.; Stoddart, J. F. Supramolecular Gelation of Rigid Triangular Macrocycles Through Rings of Multiple C–H...O Interactions Acting Cooperatively.
J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 2581–2588.
21. Liu, Z.; Liu, G.; Wu, Y.; Cao, D.; Sun, J.; Schneebeli, S. T.; Nassar, M. S.; Mirkin, C. A.; Stoddart, J. F. Assembly of supramolecular nanotubes from molecular triangles and 1,2-dihalohydrocarbons.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16651–16660.
20. Liu, Z.; Lei, J.; Frasconi, M.; Li, X.; Cao, D.; Zhu, Z.; Schneebeli, S. T.; Schatz, G. C.; Stoddart, J. F. A square‐planar tetracoordinate oxygen-containing Ti4O17 cluster stabilized by two 1,1′-ferrocenedicarboxylato ligands.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9193–9197.
19. Liu, Z.; Stoddart, J. F. Extended metal-carbohydrate frameworks.
Pure Appl. Chem. 2014, 86, 1323–1334.
18. Liu, Z.; Schneebeli, S. T.; Stoddart, J. F. Second-sphere coordination revisited.
Chimia 2014, 68, 315–320. (Invited article for commemorating the Alfred Werner Nobel Prize centenary)
17. Liu, Z.; Frasconi, M.; Lei, J.; Brown, Z. J.; Zhu, Z.; Cao, D.; Iehl, J.; Liu, G.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Botros, Y. Y.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T.; Mirkin, C. A.; Stoddart, J. F. Selective isolation of gold facilitated by second-sphere coordination with α-cyclodextrin.
Nature Commun. 2013, 4, 1855.
(Highlighted in > 600 news outlets including C&E News, Chemistry World, BBC, AFP, Popular Science, Science Daily, Huffington Post, Nature Asia, Nature Middle East, and 参考消息)
16. Frasconi, M.; Liu, Z.; Lei, J.; Wu, Y.; Strekalova, E.; Malin, D.; Ambrogio, M. W.; Chen, X.; Botros, Y. Y.; Cryns, V. L.; Sauvage, J.-P.; Stoddart, J. F. Photo-expulsion of surface-grafted ruthenium complexes and subsequent release of cytotoxic cargos to cancer cells from mesoporous silica nanoparticles.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11603–11613.
15. Schneebeli, S. T.; Frasconi, M.; Liu, Z.; Wu, Y.; Gardner, D. M.; Strutt, N. L.; Cheng, C.; Carmieli, R.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Stoddart, J. F. Electron sharing and anion-π recognition in molecular triangular prisms.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 13100–13104. (VIP, Back Cover)
12. Barnes, J.C.; Fahrenbach, A.C.; Cao, D.; Dyar, S.M.; Frasconi, M.; Giesener, M.A.; Benitez,D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Chernyashevskyy, O.; Shin, W.H.; Li, H.; Sampath, S.; Stern, C.L.; Sarjeant, A.A.; Hartlieb, K.J.; Liu, Z.; Carmieli, R.; Botros, Y.Y.; Choi, J.W.; Slawin, A.M.Z.; Ketterson, J.B.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Goddard, W.A., III; Stoddart, J.F. A radically configurable six-state compound.
Science 2013, 339, 429–433.
11. Zhu, Z.; Li, H.; Liu, Z.; Lei, J.; Zhang, H.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stern, C. L.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Stoddart, J. F.; Colquhoun, H. M. Oligomeric pseudorotaxanes adopting infinite-chain lattice superstructures.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 7231–7235.
10. Zhu, Z.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Li, H.; Barnes, J. C.; Liu, Z.; Dyar, S. M.; Zhang, H.; Lei, J.; Carmieli, R.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Stern, C. L.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Stoddart, J. F. Controlling switching in bistable [2]catenanes by combining donor-acceptor and radical-radical interactions.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11709–11720.
9. Barnes, J. C.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Dyar, S. M.; Frasconi, M.; Giesener, M. A.; Zhu, Z.; Liu, Z.; Hartlieb, K. J.; Carmieli, R.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Stoddart, J. F. Mechanically-induced intramolecular electron transfer in a mixed-valence molecular shuttle.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2012, 109, 11546–11551.
7. Fahrenbach, A. C.; Barnes, J. C.; Lanfranchi, D. A.; Li, H.; Coskun, A.; Gassensmith, J. J.; Liu, Z.; Benνtez, D.; Trabolsi, A.; Goddard, W. A.; Elhabiri, M.; Stoddart, J. F. Solution-phase mechanistic study and solid-state structure of a tris(bipyridinium radical cation) inclusion complex.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 3061–3072.
5. Liu, Z.; Chen, C.-H.; Wang, H.-W.; Huang, Y.-C.; Kao, M.-J.; Lim, T.-S.; Luh, T.-Y. Hydrogen-bonding induced cooperative effect on the energy transfer in helical polynorbornenes appended with porphyrin containing amidic alanine linkers.
Chem. Asian J. 2010, 5, 1425–1438.
4. Wang, H.-W.;* Liu, Z.;* Chen, C.-H.; Lim, T.-S.; Fann, W.-S.; Chao, C.-G.; Yu, J.-Y.; Lee, S.-L.; Chen, C.-H.; Huang, S.-L.; Luh, T.-Y. Coherently aligned porphyrin-appended polynorbornenes.
Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 5719–5728. (*Contributed Equally)
2. Liu, Z.;* Xiang, J. A high-yield and pilot-scale process for the preparation of adapalene.
Org. Process Res. Dev. 2006, 10, 285–288. (*Corresponding Author)


I was born and raised in Hunan province, China. I received my B.E. degree from Hunan University of Science & Technology in 2003 and in conferred with a M.S. degree from Hunan University in 2006. In 2006 fall, I moved to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) of Chinese Academy of Sciences to start my Ph.D studies, which focused on the synthesis and photophysics of porphyrin-appended polynorbornenes, in Professor Tien-Yau Luh's Group (National Taiwan University). Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Stoddart's Mechanostereochemistry Group.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling and listening to music.


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