Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Chuyang Cheng

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Sichuan, China

Joined group: 2011


2007.9 - 2011.7 Undergraduate at College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University.

2011.9 - 2016.5 Graduate student at Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University.

2016.6 - present Postdoc fellow at Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University.

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Selected Publications:
7. Cheng, C.; Cheng, T.; Xiao, H.; Krzyaniak, M. D.; Wang, Y.; McGonigal, P. R.; Frasconi, M.; Barnes, J. C.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Goddard, W. A.; Stoddart, J. F. Influence of Constitution and Charge on Radical Pairing Interactions in Trisradical Tricationic Complexes J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 82888300. Link

6. Cheng, C.; Stoddart, J. F. Wholly Synthetic Molecular Machines ChemPhysChem, 2016, 17, 17801793. (Invited review for a special issue on molecular machines) Link

5. Cheng, C. McGonigal, P. R.; Stoddart, J. F.; Astumian, R. D. Design and Synthesis of Nonequilibrium Systems ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 86728688.Link

4. Cheng, C.; McGonigal, P. R.; Schneebeli, S. T.; Li, H.; Vermeulen, N. A.; Ke, C.; Stoddart, J. F. An Artificial Molecular Pump Nature Nanotech., 2015, 10, 547553 Link

Highlighted on News & Views by Steve Goldup Nature Nanotech. 2015, 10, 488489 link
Highlighted on News & Views by Mark Peplow Nature 2015, 525, 1821 link

3. Cheng, C.; McGonigal, P. R.; Liu, W.-G.; Li, H.; Vermeulen, N. A.; Ke, C.; Frasconi, M.; Stern, C. L.; Goddard, W. A.; Stoddart, J. F. Energetically demanding transport in a supramolecular assembly J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 1470214705.Link

2. Li, H.; Cheng, C.; McGonigal, PR.; Fahrenbach, AC.; Frasconi, M.; Liu, W.-G.; Zhu, Z.; Zhao, Y.; Ke, C.; Lei, J.; Young, RM.; Dyar, SM.; Co, DT.; Yang, Y.-W.; Botros, YY.; Goddard III, WA.; Wasielewski, MR.; Astumian, RD.; Stoddart JF. Relative unidirectional translation in an artificial molecular assembly fueled by light. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1860918620. Link

1. Schneebeli, ST.#; Cheng, C.#; Hartlieb, KJ.; Strutt, NL.; Sarjeant, AA.; Stern, CL.; Stoddart, J. F.; Asararenes : A Family of Large Aromatic Macrocycles. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 3860-3868. (# equal contribution) Link

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Spotlighted on Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3302-3305. link

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I was born in Sichuan Province, China. I spent 18 years in my beautiful hometown to grow up. When I was a child, I was fascinated by all the amazing phenomena of nature and wanted to dig out all her inner beauty. I became interested in chemistry during my high school, and I had a chance to participate national chemistry competition and got a very good score.

After graduated from high school, I was admitted by Peking University, the best University in China. I got very good undergraduate education in Peking University. In 2009, I joined Prof. Jian Pei's group, which was the first time that I touched the real chemistry research. I had two years wonderful time in Pei Group, as well as I found that I am especially interested in supramolecular chemistry.

During my undergraduate research, I read a lot of papers about Prof. Stoddart's molecular machines and found that I would like to spend my PhD life with these little stuff. Finally, I am lucky enough to come to Northwestern University and join Stoddart Group. I think I will have a great PhD life here!


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