Dr. Junpeng Zhao

Dr. Junpeng Zhao, (2012- 2014 )

Postdoctoral Fellows
Professor; South China University of Technology

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures using anionic polymerization in combination with other polymerization techniques, their properties and applications
  • Metal-free catalytic systems for controlled polymerizations
  • Biological-synthetic polymer conjugate systems: synthesis and properties

Selected Publications

  • Synthesis of Terpene-based Polymers
    J. Zhao, H. Schlaad
    Advances in Polymer Science, 151-190, (2013)

  • Synthesis of Terpene-Poly(ethylene oxide)s by t-BuP4-Promoted Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization
    J. Zhao, H. Schlaad, S. Weidner, M. Antonietti
    Polymer Chemistry, Issue 7, 1763-1768, (2012)
  • Amphoteric Polymeric Photonic Crystal with U-shaped pH Response Developed by Intercalation Polymerization
    H. Xia, J. Zhao, C. Meng, Y. Wu, Y. Lu, J. Wang, Y. Song, L. Jiang, G. Zhang
    Soft Matter, Issue 9, 4156-4159, (2011)
  • Thermosensitive Core-shell Brush Copolymers with Poly(propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) Side Chains via “Grafting from” Technique using Metal-free Anionic Polymerization
    J. Zhao, G. Mountrichas, G. Zhang, S. Pispas
    Macromolecules, Issue 4, 1771-1777, (2010)

  • Morphological Transitions in Aggregates of Thermosensitive Poly(ethylene oxide)-b-Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Block Copolymers Prepared via RAFT Polymerization
    J. Zhao, G. Zhang, S. Pispas
    Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Issue 16, 4099-4110, (2009)
  • Education

    • PhD, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China and Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute-National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece, 2010
    • BSc, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, 2005

    Professional Profile

    • 2012-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    • Scholarship awards for outstanding Ph.D. student in 2010, granted respectively by Qiushi Science & Technology Foundation (Hong Kong) and Chinese Academy of Sciences

    KAUST Affiliations

    KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

    Non-KAUST Affiliations

    South China University of Technology