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Principal Investigator

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Yunyan Qiu Ph.D.
Presidential Young Professor
Department of Chemistry
National University
of Singapore
yunyanq@nus.edu.sg
chem.qiulab
@gmail.com

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Dr. Yunyan Qiu completed his undergraduate training, majoring in medicinal chemistry, at Peking University with Professor Demin Zhou. Then he came to the United States and earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of Professor Kevin Noonan and Tomek Kowalewski. During his graduate study, Dr. Qiu’s research encompassed organometallic chemistry and polymer science, focusing on the rational design of conjugated polymers and developing controlled methodologies to afford well-defined functional materials using metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Since December 2016, Dr. Qiu has been a postdoctoral fellow working with Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, the 2016 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, at Northwestern University (NU), where he researches molecular machines and related functional materials. In October 2021, Dr. Qiu is promoted to a research assistant professor of chemistry at NU.

In Fall 2022, Yunyan started his independent career as a Presidential Young Professor (PYP) of Chemistry at National University of Singapore.

To know more about Dr. Qiu, please check the spotlight page produced by International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University.

Professional Appointment

October 2022 Presidential Young Professor of Chemistry

National University of Singapore

October 2021 Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Northwestern University

Education and Professional Training

Dec 2016–Sep 2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

with Sir Fraser Stoddart

Aug 2011–Sep 2016 Ph.D. Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

with Professor Kevin Noonan and Tomasz Kowalewski

Sep 2007–Jul 2011 B.S. Medicinal Chemistry / Pharmaceutical Science

Peking University Health Science Center with Professor Demin Zhou

Awards and Recognition

2021 Foresight Fellow in Molecular Machines

2020 Dream Chemistry Top 5 Prize

2020 International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award

2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leaders

2018 PMSE Future Faculty Scholars, ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA

2017 ACS Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium

2015 John and Nancy Harrison Legacy Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry and Biochemistry, CMU

The Team

We are looking for creative, dedicated and highly motivated individuals to join our laboratory!

Interested postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and research assistants who are interested in exploring new chemistry are encouraged to apply directly by contacting Dr. Qiu.

For more information, see the Join Us tab.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Yaping Yu

​Postdoc

Yaping was born in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. She got her Bachelor’s degree at Hengshui University in 2014. Then, she joined the Prof Yonggang Wu group to study with a Master’s degree course program in Hebei University from 2014 to 2017. At the same time, she participated in a joint cultivation project of the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and studied in Prof Weiwei Li group for the design and synthesis of novel non-fullerene acceptors and applications from 2015 to 2017. After graduating, she joined Prof Zhaohui Wang group as a research assistant from 2017 to 2018. After that, she moved to Prof Wan Yue's group in Sun Yat-Sen University to design and synthesize n-type organic functional materials. In 2023, she joined Prof Qiu's research group as a Research Fellow. Her research interests focus on constructing 2D and 3D COFs with macrocycles. In her spare time, she likes to watch suspense dramas and travel.

Xiaoyang Wang

​Postdoc

Xiaoyang was born and grew up in Henan Province, China. He received his B.S. degree in Applied Chemistry at Xuchang University in 2014. Afterwards, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Tianjin University, where he received his PhD under the supervision of Prof Guangwei Wang in 2019. Under the guidance of Prof You Wei, He completed his first postdoctoral training on ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) at Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in May 2023, and then, he joined the group of Prof Yunyan Qiu in Chemistry at the National University of Singapore as a research fellow. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and climbing mountains.

Graduate Students

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Jiaqi Han

Ph.D. student

Jiaqi was born and grew up in Heilongjiang, China. He completed his undergraduate training, majoring in organic materials, with Prof Lan Sheng and received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Jilin University in 2019. Afterwards, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Nankai University, where he commenced his education in asymmetric hydrogenation and asymmetric total synthesis of natural products under the supervision of Prof Qi-Lin Zhou & Prof Jian-Hua Xie and received his M.S. degree in 2022. In October 2022, he joined the group of Prof Yunyan Qiu in Chemistry at the National University of Singapore as a Ph.D. student. His research interests focus on the design and synthesis of polyrotaxanes. In his spare time, he likes reading and looking for delicious food in Singapore.

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Jiajia Ping

Ph.D. student

Jiajia was born in Baoding, Hebei province in China. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in polymer materials and engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 2019. Then she came to Tianjin University to start her master’s study in polymer materials, working on the crystallization and phase transition behavior of isotactic polybutene under the direction of Prof Zhe Ma. She joined the Qiu research group as a Ph.D. student under the guidance of Professor Yunyan Qiu at the National University of Singapore in October 2022. Her current research interests focus on polymer controlled polymerization. In spare time, she like to watch comedy movies and talk shows.  

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Hua Zhong

Ph.D. student

Hua was born in Weifang, Shandong Province, China. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree (joint training) at Southwest University of Science and Technology & University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2020. Afterwards, He came to the USTC and got his Master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Feng Wang. 
In 2023, he joined the group of Prof Yunyan Qiu in Chemistry at the National University of Singapore as a Ph.D. student. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and swimming.

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Zhongwei Sun

Ph.D. student

Zhongwei comes from Jiangsu Province, China. In 2017, she obtained her B.S. degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology. Afterwards, she joined Prof Shaodong Zhang's research team at Shanghai Jiaotong University, focusing on the design and structure of molecular cages until 2020. After three years’ administrative work in Jiangsu Normal University, she started her Ph.D. journey in 2023 as a member of Prof Qiu's group at the National University of Singapore. During her leisure time, she finds enjoyment in playing PC games and traveling.

Visiting Scholars & Students

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​Yantao Sun

Visiting Scholar

Yantao was born in Gansu Province, China. He received his B.S. degree in applied chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Lanzhou University under the supervision of Prof Xiangfeng Shao in 2013 and 2018, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was on design, synthesis, and photoelectric properties of sulfur-doped curved molecules. After that he moved to the North University of China as a lecturer. In March 2023, he joined Prof Qiu’s group at the National University of Singapore as a postdoctoral research fellow under the support of the China Scholarship Council. His current interests focus on the synthesis of conjugated macrocycles and mechanically interlocked polymers. In his spare time, he likes hiking and watching movies.

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Renhui Qiu

Visiting Student

Renhui was born in Zhejiang, China. She is working on her B.S. degree in chemistry from Zhejiang University. In her home institution, Renhui studies the preparation of single-molecule devices under the guidance of Prof Hongliang Chen. She came to NUS as a visiting student and joined Prof Qiu’s group to research on the precision polymer synthesis. In her spare time, Renhui enjoys photography, movies and music.

Undergraduate Students

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Qiyao ​Yim

Undergraduate student

Qi Yao is a local Chemistry undergraduate student at the National University of Singapore, and is currently working on an Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science (UROPS) project concerning rotaxane synthesis.

Former Members

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Jiahao Liu

Master student

Jiahao comes from Huanggang city, China. He got his B.S. degree in material science and engineering at Wuhan University of Technology in 2021. During his undergraduate study in Prof. Yu Jiaguo and Assoc. Prof. Liu Tao’s group, Jiahao concentrated on the area of energy and environment, especially MOFs and carbon used in supercapacitors and batteries. In September 2022, he joined Prof. Qiu’s group at the National University of Singapore with his research on conjugated frameworks.  

Lanxi Li

Master student

Lanxi was born and grew up in Tianjin, China. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Southwest University in 2022, majoring in Applied Chemistry. In October 2022, she joined the Qiu research group as a master student at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests focus on reprocessable and recyclable covalent adaptable networks.

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EJ Brannan

Visiting Student

EJ is an international exchange student from the United States. He is working on his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, and does research in the lab of Dr. Dianne Xiao. At his home institution, EJ studies structure-property relationships in metal-organic frameworks through the investigation of tetraoxolene-based 1D metal-organic chains. He came to NUS on a fellowship from the American Chemical Society to research interfacial approaches to the synthesis of 2D and 3D covalent organic frameworks for diverse applications. In his free time, EJ enjoys listening to music, spending time with his friends, and making music with his bands.

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