Welcome! The research of our group is focused on nano/microstructured luminescent materials for advanced biological and photonic applications. In particular, we use lanthanide and transition metal ions as dopants to modify optical properties of insulator and semiconductor host materials. We exploit the dopant-dopant interaction as well as dopant-host interaction for designing different optical processes to meet specific needs in practical applications.

 

Group news

29 October 2020
Xin Zhang et al.'s work entitled "Sensitizing full-spectrum lanthanide luminescence within a semiconductor CaZnOS host" is accepted for publication in Adv. Photonics Res.. Congratulations!
12 October 2020
Our collaborative work with Profs. Hanjie Wang and Jin Chang at Tianjin University entitled "Remote regulation of optogenetic proteins by a magneto-luminescence microdevice" is accepted for publication in Adv. Funct. Mater.. Congratulations!
31 August 2020
Yanze Wang and Jiangkun Chen joined the group as postgraduate research students. Welcome!
25 August 2020
Xin Zhang is granted a "Research Tuition Scholarship". Congratulations!
23 July 2020
Jianxiong Zhao et al.'s paper entitled "Shedding Light on the Role of Misfit Strain in Controlling Core–Shell Nanocrystals" is accepted for publication in Adv. Mater.. Congratulations!
9 July 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Feng Wang on winning the "RGC Research Fellowship" Award!
4 June 2020
Jianxiong Zhao et al.'s paper entitled "Tuning epitaxial growth on NaYbF4 upconversion nanoparticles by strain management" is published in Nanoscale. Congratulations!
1 June 2020
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "InP Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Lighting Applications" is accepted for publication in Small. Congratulations!
6 April 2020
Xin Zhang et al.'s paper entitled "Tuning Multi-Mode Luminescence in Lanthanide(III) and Manganese(II) Co-Doped CaZnOS Crystals" is published in Adv. Opt. Mater.. Congratulations!
10 March 2020
Hua Zou et al.'s paper entitled "Simultaneous Enhancement and Modulation of Upconversion by Thermal Stimulation in Sc2Mo3O12 Crystals" is published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.. Congratulations!
4 March 2020
Our collaborative work with Dengfeng Peng and Bolong Huang entitled "A ZnS/CaZnOS Heterojunction for Efficient Mechanical-to-Optical Energy Conversion by Conduction Band Offset" is published in Adv. Mater.. Congratulations!
6 February 2020
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Emerging Frontiers of Upconversion Nanoparticles" is published in Trends Chem.. Congratulations!
6 December 2019
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Recent Advances in the Synthesis and Application of Yb-Based Fluoride Upconversion Nanoparticles" is published in Inorg. Chem. Front.. Congratulations!
20 November 2019
Xian Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Lanthanide‐Based Luminescent Materials for Waveguide and Lasing" is published in Chem. Asian J.. Congratulations!
7 November 2019
Qi Zhu et al.'s paper entitled "Optical tuning in lanthanide-based nanostructures" is accepted for publication in J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.. Congratulations!
6 November 2019
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Cs+-Assisted Synthesis of NaLaF4 Nanoparticles" is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater.. Congratulations!
10 October 2019
Bing Chen's paper entitled "Combating concentration quenching in upconversion nanoparticles" is accepted for publication in Acc. Chem. Res.. Congratulations!
30 September 2019
Yangyang Du et al.'s paper entitled "Blue-Pumped Deep Ultraviolet Lasing from Lanthanide-Doped Lu6O5F8 Upconversion Nanocrystals" is accepted for publication in Adv. Opt. Mater.. Congratulations!
13 September 2019
Hua Zou et al.'s paper entitled "Thermal Enhancing of Upconversion by Negative Lattice Expansion in Orthorhombic Yb2W3O12" is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Congratulations!
21 August 2019
Yang Guo from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
5 August 2019
Jianxiong Zhao et al.'s paper entitled "Accurate Control of Core–Shell Upconversion Nanoparticles through Anisotropic Strain Engineering" is accepted for publication in Adv. Funct. Mater.. Congratulations!
7 June 2019
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Oleylamine-Mediated Synthesis of Small NaYbF4 Nanoparticles with Tunable Size" is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater.. Congratulations!
6 June 2019
Xueqing Yang et al.'s paper entitled "One-Step Synthesis of Mixed Lanthanide Metal–Organic Framework Films for Sensitive Temperature Mapping" is accepted for publication in Adv. Opt. Mater.. Congratulations!
2 May 2019
Xueqing Yang passed her PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
18 April 2019
Tianying Sun et al.'s paper entitled "Integrating temporal and spatial control of electronic transitions for bright multiphoton upconversion" is published in Nat. Commun.. Congratulations!
15 March 2019
Yangyang Du passed his PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
6 December 2018
Yangyang Du et al.'s paper entitled "Mechanically-Excited Multicolor Luminescence in Lanthanide Ions" is accepted for publication in Adv. Mater.. Congratulations!
27 November 2018
Dr. Feng Wang is named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2018 by Clarivate Analytics. Congratulations!
2 October 2018
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "NaYbF4@CaF2 Core–Satellite Upconversion Nanoparticles: One-Pot Synthesis and Sensitive Detection of Glutathione" is published in Nanoscale. Congratulations!
7 September 2018
Wei Kong passed his PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
1 September 2018
Nan Song from South China University of Technology joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
27 August 2018
Qi Zhu received an Outstanding Academic Performance Award and was granted a Research Tuition Scholarship. Congratulations!
1 August 2018
Xin Zhang from South China University of Technology joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
1 June 2018
Tianying Sun passed her PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
28 May 2018
Xueqing Yang et al.'s paper entitled "Synthesis of Mesoporous ZIF-8 Nanoribbons and Their Conversion into Carbon Nanoribbons for High-Performance Supercapacitors" is published in Chem. Eur. J.. Congratulations!
11 April 2018
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Energy transfer-based biodetection using optical nanomaterials" is published in J. Mater. Chem. B. Congratulations!
12 February 2018
Qi Zhu et al.'s paper entitled "Yb3+-sensitized upconversion and downshifting luminescence in Nd3+ ions through energy migration" is published in Dalton Trans.. Congratulations!
29 December 2017
Tianying Sun et al.'s paper entitled "Upconversion in Nanostructured Materials: From Optical Tuning to Biomedical Applications" is published in Chem. Asian J.. Congratulations!
4 October 2017
Tianying Sun et al.'s paper entitled "Broadband Ce(III)-Sensitized Quantum Cutting in Core–Shell Nanoparticles: Mechanistic Investigation and Photovoltaic Application" is published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.. Congratulations!
20 September 2017
Xian is granted the Outstanding Research Thesis Award. Congratulations!
1 September 2017
Biyun Ren became a postgraduate research student in the group. Welcome!
22 August 2017
Tianying Sun and Wei Kong each received an Outstanding Academic Performance Award and were granted a Research Tuition Scholarship. Congratulations!
1 August 2017
Qi Zhu from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
21 July 2017
Tianying receives the best paper award at the Chinese Society of Rare Earth Annual Conference 2017. Congratulations!
19 July 2017
Xian Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Energy Migration Upconversion in Ce(III)-Doped Heterogeneous Core–Shell–Shell Nanoparticles" is published in Small. Congratulations!
8 May 2017
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Crystalline Hollow Microrods for Site-Selective Enhancement of Nonlinear Photoluminescence" is published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Congratulations!
28 March 2017
Xian Chen passed his PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
31 January 2017
Tianying Sun et al.'s paper entitled "Anti-counterfeiting patterns encrypted with multi-mode luminescent nanotaggants" is published in Nanoscale. Congratulations!
5 January 2017
Wei Kong et al.'s paper entitled "A General Strategy for Ligand Exchange on Upconversion Nanoparticles" is published in Inorg. Chem.. Congratulations!
16 November 2016
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Amplifying Excitation-Power Sensitivity of Photon Upconversion in a NaYbF4:Ho Nanostructure for Direct Visualization of Electromagnetic Hotspots" is published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.. Congratulations!
19 September 2016
Yong Li from Anhui University of Technology joined the group as a visiting fellow. Welcome!
26 August 2016
Jianxiong Zhao from Sun Yat-Sen University joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
24 August 2016
Tianying Sun is granted an Outstanding Academic Performance Award. She is also awarded a Research Tuition Scholarship. Congratulations!
29 July 2016
Wei Chen passed his PhD thesis defence. Congratulations!
22 June 2016
Tianying wins the Third Place of the Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2016. Congratulations!
2 June 2016
Wei Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Graphitic Carbon Nanocubes Derived from ZIF-8 for Photothermal Therapy" is published in Inorg. Chem.. Congratulations!
7 January 2016
Xian Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Confining energy migration in upconversion nanoparticles towards deep ultraviolet lasing" is published in Nat. Commun.. Congratulations!
30 September 2015
Tianying Sun et al.'s paper entitled "Shielding Upconversion by Surface Coating: A Study of Emission Enhancement Factor" is published in ChemPhysChem. Congratulations!
31 August 2015
Ms. Xueqing Yang from Nankai University joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
28 August 2015
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Establishing the Structural Integrity of Core–Shell Nanoparticles against Elemental Migration using Luminescent Lanthanide Probes" is published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Congratulations!
19 August 2015
Bing Chen et al.'s paper entitled "Directional Light Emission in a Single NaYF4 Microcrystal via Photon Upconversion" is published in Adv. Opt. Mater.. Congratulations!
11 August 2015
Ms. Haihua Hu from Zhejiang University City College joined the group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!
3 August 2015
Mr. Yangyang Du from Dalian Polytechnic University joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
18 June 2015
Dr. Dengfeng Peng et al.'s paper entitled "Recent Advances in Doped Mechanoluminescent Phosphors" is published in ChemPlusChem. Congratulations!
27 March 2015
Dr. Dengfeng Peng et al.'s paper entitled "Lanthanide-doped energy cascade nanoparticles: Full spectrum emission by single wavelength excitation" is published in Chem. Mater.. Congratulations!
19 March 2015
Dr. Qiang Ju et al.'s paper entitled "An upconversion nanoprobe operating in the first
biological window" is published in J. Mater. Chem. B. Congratulations!
1 November 2014
Mr. Wei Kong from City University of Hong Kong joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
16 October 2014
Mr. Bing Chen from Zhejiang University joined the group as a research assistant. Welcome!
24 July 2014
Our review paper entitled "Photon upconversion in core–shell nanoparticles" is published in Chem. Soc. Rev.. Congratulations!
11 July 2014
Ms. Tianying Sun from Wuhan University joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
2 July 2014
Dr. Peisong Tang from Huzhou Normal University joined the group as a visiting professor. Welcome!
23 June 2014
Mr. Wei Chen from City University of Hong Kong joined the group as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
12 June 2014
Dr. Feng Wang et al.'s paper entitled "Preparation of core-shell NaGdF4 nanoparticles doped with luminescent lanthanide ions to be used as upconversion-based probes" is published in Nat. Protoc. Congratulations!
10 December 2013
Dr. Qiang Ju from University of Toronto joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
16 October 2013
Dr. Hongli Wen et al.'s paper entitled "Upconverting near-infrared light through energy management in core–shell–shell nanoparticles" is published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Congratulations!
20 August 2013
Dr. Dengfeng Peng from Tongji University joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
27 May 2013
Mr. Xian Chen from Zhejiang Unversity joined the grojup as a postgraduate research student. Welcome!
1 February 2013
Dr. Hongli Wen from City University of Hong Kong joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
17 September 2012
Dr. Feng Wang joined CityU as an Assistant Professor and started the group.