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Scientist II


Polymer Composite (PMC) Department


2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634

Research Details


  • Clay/polymer composites

  • Silica-based bioactive materials

  • Metal oxides (e.g., titania and zinc oxide)



  • Polymer synthesis

  • Polymer templating synthesis of inorganic and hybrid materials



  • High barrier laminated plastic films based on layered double hydroxides/polymer composite

  • Advanced clay/polymer composites for coating and adhesive

  • Brain targeted therapeutics that improve neural health: using diseased transgenic zebrafish to validate size-tuneable silica nanocapsules encapsulating natural antioxidants


  • May 15 – present   Scientist, IMRE

  • Sept 07 – May 15   Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Ph.D. (Materials Science), National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2011

M. Sc (Materials Science), East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2003

B. En (Polymer science and engineering),East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2000


[1] Hsu, B. Y. W.; Ng, M.; Tan, A.; Connell, J.; Roberts, T.; Lythgoe, M.; Zhang, Y.; Wong, S. Y.; Bhakoo, K.; Seifalian, A. M.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “PH-activatable MnO based fluorescence and magnetic resonance bimodal nanoprobe for cancer imaging”, Adv. Healthc. Mater., 2016, 5, 721.

[2] He, J.; Yap, R. C. C.; Wong, S. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Hu, Y.; Chen, C.; Zhang, X.; Wang, J.; Li, X. “Controlled growth of metal-organic framework on gold nanoparticles”, CrystEngComm., 2016,18, 5262.

[3] Mao, L.; Zhang, Y.; Hu, Y. T.; Ho, K. H.; Ke, Q. Q.; Liu, H. J.; Hu, Z. G.; Zhao, D.; Wang, J. “Activation of sucrose-derived carbon spheres for high-performance supercapacitor electrodes”, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 9307.

[4] Hsu, B. Y. W.; Ng, M.; Zhang, Y.; Wong, S. Y.; Bhakoo, K.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “A hybrid siica nanoreactor framework for encapsulation of hollow manganese oxide nanoparticles of superior T1 magnetic resonance relaxivity”, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2015, 25, 5269.

[5] Zhang, Y.; Hsu, B. Y. W.; Ren, C.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “Silica-based nanocapsules: synthesis, structure control and biomedical application”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 315.

[6] Ke, Q. Q.; Liu, Y. Q.; Liu, H. J.; Zhang, Y.; Hu, Y. T.; Wang, J. “Surfactant-modified chemically reduced graphene oxide for electrochemical supercapacitors”, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 26398.

[7] Hsu, B. Y. W.; Wang, M.; Zhang, Y.; Vijayaragavan, V.; Wong, S. Y.; Chang, A. Y.; Bhakoo, K. K.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “Silica-F127 nanohybrid-encapsulated manganese oxide nanoparticles for optimized T1 magnetic resonance relaxivity”, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 293.

[8] Liu, Y. Q.; Amit, Y, K.; Fan, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Ke, Q. Q.; Zeng K.; Wang, J.; Singh, D.J.; Ong, K.P. “Ferroelectricity and dipole-dipole interactions in NH4TiOF3 mesocrystals”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2013, 102, 232903.

[9] Liu, H. J.; Zhang, Y.; Ke, Q. Q.; Ho, K. H.; Hu, Y. T.; Wang, J. “Tuning the porous texture and specific surface area of nanoporous carbons for supercapacitor electrodes by adjusting the hydrothermal synthesis temperature”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 12962.

[10] Li, H.; Yuan, K. D.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, J. “Synthesis of Au-SiO2 asymmetric clusters and their application in ZnO nanosheets-based dye-sensitized solar cells”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfac., 2013, 5, 5601.

[11] Zhang, Y.; Wang, M.; Zheng, Y.; Tan, H.; Hsu, B. Y. W.; Yang, Z.; Wong, S. Y.; Chang, A. Y.; Choolani, M.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “PEOlated micelle/silica as dual-layer protection of quantum dots for stable and targeted bioimaging”, Chem. Mater., 2013, 25, 2976.

[12] Yang, Z. C.; Zhang, Y.; Kong, J.H.; Wong, S.Y.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “Hollow carbon nanoparticles of tunable size and wall thickness by hydrothermal treatment of alpha-cyclodextrin templated by F127 block copolymers”, Chem. Mater., 2013, 25, 704.

[13] Hsu, B. Y. W.; Teh, C.; Tan, H.; Wong, S. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Korzh V.; Li, X.; Wang, J. “PEO surface-decorated silica nanocapsules and their application in in vivo imaging of zebrafish”, RSC Advances, 2012, 2, 12392.

[14] Zhang, Y.; Li, H.; Liu, Y. Q.; Wang, J. “Sonochemical synthesis and liquid crystal assembly of PS-b-PEO-titania aggregates”, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8538.

[15] Liu, Y. Q.; Zhang, Y.; Li, H.; Wang, J. “Manipulating the formation of NH4TiOF3 mesocrystals: effects of temperature, surfactant, and pH”, Cryst. Growth Des., 2012, 12, 2625.

[16] Tan, H.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, M.; Zhang, Z. X.; Zhang, X. H.; Yong, A. M.; Wong, S. Y.; Chang, A. Y. C.; Chen, Z. K.; Li, X.; Choolani, M.; Wang, J. “Silica-shell cross-linked micelles encapsulating fluorescent conjugated polymers for targeted cellular imaging”, Biomaterials, 2012, 33, 237.

[17] Kong, J. H.; Wong, S. Y.; Zhang, Y.; Tan, H. R.; Li, X.; Lu, X. H. “One-dimensional carbon-SnO2 and SnO2 nanostructures via single-spinneret electrospinning: tunable morphology and the underlying mechanism”, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 15928.

[18] Liu, Y. Q.; Zhang, Y.; Tan, H.; Wang, J. “Formation and anisotropic dissolution behavior of NH4TiOF3 mesocrystals”, Cryst. Growth Des., 2011, 11, 2905.

[19] Zhang, Y.; Tan, H.; Li, H.; Liu, Y. Q.; Kartawidjaja, F. C.; Yang, Z. C.; Wang, J. “Hybrid titania microspheres of novel superstructures templated by block copolymers”, Chem. Mater., 2011, 23, 2745.

[20] Zhang, Y.; Xie, Z. B.; Wang, J. “Highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells of thick mesoporous titania films derived from supramolecular templating”, Nanotechnology, 2009, 20, 505602.

[21] Zhang, Y.; Yuwono, A. H.; Wang, J.; Li, J. “Enhanced photocatalysis by doping cerium into mesoporous titania thin films”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2009, 113, 21406.

[22] Zhang, Y.; Xie, Z. B.; Wang, J. “Supramolecular-templated thick mesoporous titania films for dye-sensitized solar cells: effect of morphology on performance”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfac., 2009, 1, 2789.

[23] Lee, Y. L.; Zhang, Y.; Ng, S. L. G.; Kartawidjaja, F. C.; Wang, J. “Hydrothermal growth of vertical ZnO nanorods”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 2009, 92, 1940.

[24] Zhang, Y.; Yuwono, A. H.; Li, J.; Wang, J. “Highly dispersed gold nanoparticles assembled in mesoporous titania films of cubic configuration”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 2008, 110, 242.

[25] Yuwono, A. H.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, J.; Zhang, X. H.; Fan, H. M.; Ji, W. “Diblock copolymer templated nanohybrid thin films of highly ordered TiO2 nanoparticle arrays in PMMA matrix”, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 5876.

[26] Zhang, Y.; Li, J.; Wang, J. “Substrate-assisted crystallization and photocatalytic properties of mesoporous TiO2 thin films”, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 2917.

[1] Li, X.; Ren, C.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, J. “PEO-lated silica nanocapsule for bioimaging”, SG Application No. 201308798-6.

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