Yuanjin Zhao



Yuanjin Zhao

Professional titles


Doctoral supervisor OR Master's supervisor

(1) Functional biomaterials from microfluidics

(2) Design and application of bioinspired photonic nanomaterials


Biomedical engineering

Academic expertise and research direction

(1) Photonic crystal materials; (2) Microfluidics; (3) Multiplex bioassays

Current research and other projects

(1) Barcodes from microfluidics, National Natural Science Foundation of China 2012-2014;

(2) Encoded suspension arrays for multiplex bioassays, Science and Technology Development Program of Suzhou 2012-2014;

(3) Microfluidics research, New Century Excellent Talents of Chinese Ministry of Education 2014-2016

Books and papers

SCI paper

1.Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Sun C, Li J, Zhu R, Gu ZZ*. Encoded silica colloidal crystal beads as supports for potential multiplex immunoassay. Analytical Chemistry 2008, 80, 1598-1605. (IF:5.695)

2. Sun C, Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Zhu R, Gu ZZ*. Fabrication of colloidal crystal beads by a drop-breaking technique and their application as bioassays. Small 2008, 4, 592-596. (IF:7.823)

3. Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Hu J, Xu M, Zhao WJ, Sun LJ, Zhu C, Xu H, Gu ZZ*. Encoded Porous Beads for Label-Free Multiplex Detection of Tumor Markers. Advanced Materials2009, 21, 569-572. (IF:14.829)

* Featured in Research Highlights, Photonic crystals: Labelled spheres of Nature China, doi:10.1038/nchina.2008.288

* Featured in Research Highlights, Optical biosensing: Shiny beads of NPG Asia Materials, published online on March 10, 2009

4.Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Hu J, Li J, Xu WY, Gu ZZ*. Multiplex Label-Free Detection of Biomolecules with an Imprinted Suspension Array. Angewandte Chemie International Edition2009, 48, 7350-7352. Angewandte Chemie 2009, 121, 7486-7488.(IF:13.734)

* Featured in Out of the lab, Tunable structural colour of Nature Photonics, 2009, 3, 551-553.

5.Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Pei XP, Hu J, Zhao WJ, Chen BA, Gu ZZ*. Multiplex detection of tumor markers with photonic suspension array. Analytica Chimica Acta 2009, 633, 103-108. (IF:4.387)

6. Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Sun LG, Zhao XW, Shao Y, Gu ZZ*. Photo-bleaching immunity encoded photonic suspension array for label-free multiplex analysis. Chemical Communications2009, 45, 7012-7014. (IF:6.378)

7. Pei XP, Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Xu H, Chen BA, Gu ZZ*. Multiplex Chemiluminescent Immunoassay Based on Silica Colloidal Crystal Beads. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2009, 9, 6320-6325. (IF:1.149)

8. Li J, Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Gu ZZ*. Quantum-dot-coated encoded silica colloidal crystals beads for multiplex coding. Chemical Communications2009, 17, 2329-2331. (IF:6.378)

9.Hu J, Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Li J, Xu WY, Wen ZY, Xu M, Gu ZZ*. Photonic crystal hydrogel beads used for multiplex biomolecular detection. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19, 5730-5736. (IF:6.101)

10. Li J, Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Hu J, Xu M, Gu ZZ*. Colloidal crystal beads coated with multicolor CdTe quantum dots: microcarriers for optical encoding and fluorescence enhancement. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19, 6492-6497. (Cover paper, IF: 6.101)

11. Xu H, Zhu C, Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Hu J, Gu ZZ*. Colloidal Crystal Beads Composed of Core-Shell Particles for Multiplex Bioassay. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2009, 9, 2586-2591. (IF:1.149)

12. Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Tang BC, Xu WY, Li J, Hu J, Gu ZZ. Quantum-Dot-Tagged Bioresponsive Hydrogel Suspension Array for Multiplex Label-Free DNA Detection. Advanced Functional Materials  2010, 20, 976-982. (IF:9.765)

13. Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Gu ZZ*. Photonic Crystals in Bioassays.  Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 20, 2970-2988. (IF:9.765)

14. Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Tang BC, Xu WY, Gu ZZ*. Rapid and Sensitive Biomolecular Screening with Encoded Macroporous Hydrogel Photonic Beads. Langmuir 2010, 26, 6111-6114. (IF:4.187)

15. Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Hu J, Xu M, Zhao WJ, Gu ZZ*. Sintering Photonic Beads for Multiplex Biosensing. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2010, 10, 588-594. (IF:1.149)

16. Xu M, Li J, Sun LG, Zhao YJ, Xie ZY, Lv LL, Zhao XW, Xiao PF, Hu J, Gu ZZ*. High-Quality Substrate for Fluorescence Enhancement Using Agarose-Coated Silica Opal Film. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2010, 10, 4929-4935. (IF:1.149)

17. Zhao YJ, Shum HC*, Chen HS, Adams LLA, Gu ZZ*, Weitz DA*. Microfluidic Generation of Multifunctional Quantum Dot Barcode Particles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 8790-8793. (IF:10.677)

* Featured in Research Highlights, Nanomaterials: Drip, drop, quantum dot of Nature China, doi:10.1038/nchina.2011.44

18. Zhao YJ, Shum HC*, Adams LLA, Sun BJ, Holtze C, Gu ZZ, Weitz DA*. Enhanced Encapsulation of Actives in Self-sealing Microcapsules by Precipitation in Capsule Shells.Langmuir 2011, 27, 13988-13991. (IF:4.187)

19.Shum HC, Zhao YJ, Kim SH, Weitz DA*.Multicompartment Polymersomes from Double Emulsions.  Angewandte Chemie International Edition2011, 50, 1648-1651. Angewandte Chemie 2011, 123, 1686-1689.(IF:13.734)

* Featured in News & Views, Materials science: Bubble wrap of cell-like aggregates of Nature, 2011, 471, 172-173

* Featured in Materials Views, One Particle, Multiple Personalities: Polymer Vesicles Deliver Small Molecules of Wiley, published online on March 29, 2011

20. Chen HS, Zhao YJ, Li J, Guo M, Wan JD, Weitz DA, Stone HA*. Reactions in double emulsions by flow-controlled coalescence of encapsulated drops. Lab  on a Chip 2011, 11, 2312-2315. (IF:5.697)

21. Ye BF, Zhao YJ, Li TT, Xie ZY, Gu ZZ*. Aptamer-based suspension array indexed by structural color and shape.Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 18659-18664. (IF: 6.101)

22. Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Gu ZZ*. Advances of multiplex and high throughput biomolecular detection technologies based on encoding microparticles. Science China-Chemistry  2011, 54, 1185-1201. (IF:1.327)

23. Tang BC, Zhao XW, Zhao YJ, Zhang WD, Wang QR, Kong LF, Gu ZZ*. Binary Optical Encoding Strategy for Multiplex Assay. Langmuir 2011, 27, 11722-11728. (IF:4.187)

24. Zhao YJ, Xie ZY, Gu HC, Zhu C, Gu ZZ*. Bio-inspired variable structural color materials. Chemical Society Reviews 2012, 41, 3297-3317. (IF:24.892)

25. Zhao YJ*, Xie ZY, Gu HC, Jin L, Zhao XW, Wang BP, Gu ZZ*. Multifunctional photonic crystal barcodes from microfluidics. NPG Asia Materials 2012, 4, e25; doi:10.1038/am.2012.46. (IF:9.042)

* Featured in Research Highlights, Photonics: Colorful barcodes  of NPG Asia Materials, published online on September 07, 2012

26. Ye BF, Zhao YJ*, Cheng Y, Li TT, Xie ZY, Zhao XW, Gu ZZ*. Colorimetric photonic hydrogel aptasensor for screening of heavy metal ions. Nanoscale  2012, 4, 5998-6003. (IF:6.233)

27. Jin L, Zhao YJ, Wang YL, Ye BF, Liu X, Xie ZY, Gu ZZ*. Dual Signal Glucose Reporter Based On Inverse Opal Conducting Hydrogel Films.Soft Matter 2012, 8, 4911-4917. (Cover paper, IF:3.909)

28. Tian T, Deng JJ, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Feng ZQ, Kang XJ*, Gu ZZ*. Polypyrrole Hollow Fiber for Solid Phase Extraction. Analyst 2012, 137, 1846-1852. (IF:3.969)

29. Xu H, Cao KD, Ding HB, Zhong QF, Gu HC, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Gu ZZ*. Spherical Porphyrin Sensor Array Based on Encoded Colloidal Crystal Beads for VOC Vapour Detection. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012, 4, 6752-6757. (IF:5.008)

30. Zhao YJ*, Gu HC, Xie ZY, Shum HC*, Wang BP, Gu ZZ*. Bioinspired Multifunctional Janus Particles for Droplet Manipulation.Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 54-57. (IF:10.677)

31. Gu HC, Zhao YJ*, Cheng Y, Xie ZY, Rong F, Li JQ, Wang BP, Fu DG*, Gu ZZ*. Tailoring Colloidal Photonic Crystals with Wide Viewing Angle. Small 2013, 9, 2266-2271. (IF:7.823)

32. Liu W, Shang LR, Zheng FY, Qian JL, Lu J, Zhao YJ*, Gu ZZ*. Photonic Crystal Encoded Microcarriers for Biomaterials Evaluation. Small 2013, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201301253. (IF:7.823)

33. Ye BF,Rong F, Gu HC, Xie ZY, Cheng Y, Zhao YJ*, Fu DG, Gu ZZ*. Bioinspired angle-independent photonic crystal colorimetric sensing. Chemical Communications 2013, 49, 5331-5333. (IF:6.378)

34. Shang LR, Shangguan FQ, Cheng Y, Lu J, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ*, Gu ZZ*.Microfluidic Generation of Magnetoresponsive Janus Photonic Crystal Particles.  Nanoscale 2013, 5, 9553-9557. (IF:6.233)

35. Ding HB, Cheng Y, Gu HC, Zhao YJ*, Wang BP, Gu ZZ*. Tunable Fiber Bragg Grating Based on Responsive Photonic Crystals. Nanoscale 2013, DOI:10.1039/C3NR03621A. (IF:6.233)

36. Tian T, Zheng SL, Ye BF, Zhao YJ*, Kang XJ*, Gu ZZ*. Poly-3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT) nanoclusters for high effective solid phase extraction. Journal of Chromatography A 2013, 1275, 17-24. (IF:4.612)

37. Gu HC, Rong F, Tang BC, Zhao YJ*, Fu DG, Gu ZZ*. Photonic Crystal Beads from Gravity-driven Microfluidics. Langmuir 2013, 29, 7576-7582. (IF:4.187)

38. Windbergs M, Zhao YJ, Heyman J, Weitz DA*. Biodegradable core-shell carriers for simultaneous encapsulation of synergistic actives. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 7933-7937. (IF:10.677)

* Featured in Editors’ Choice, Chemistry: Tiny Cocktails  ofScience, 2013, 340, 1016.

39. Mu ZD, Zhao XW*, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Zhong QF, Bo L, Gu ZZ*. In Situ Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) in Butterfly Wings for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2013, 1, 1607-1613.

40. Zhong QF, Xu H, Ding HB, Bai L, Mu ZD, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Gu ZZ*. Preparation of conducting polymer inverse opals and its application as ammonia sensor. Colloids and Surfaces A-Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2013, 433, 59-63. (IF:2.108)

41. Sun LG, Xie ZY, Zhao YJ, Wei HM, Gu ZZ*. Optical monitoring the degradation of PLGA inverse opal film. Chinese Chemical Letters 2013, 24, 9-12. (IF:1.210)

42. Cheng Y, Zhao YJ*, Shangguan FQ, Ye BF, Li TT, Gu ZZ*. Convenient generation of QD-incorporated photonic crystal beads for multiplex bioassays. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology2014, DOI: 10.1166/jbn.2013.1757. (IF:5.256)

EI paper

1. Zhao YJ, Zhao XW, Gu ZZ.Photonic materials for encoding and detection of biomolecules. Proc. SPIE,Vol. 7682, 768203 (2010); doi:10.1117/12.850964

2. Zhao YJ, Gu ZZ.Multiplex Bioassay with Photonic Suspension Array. Nanoelectronics Conference (INEC), 2010, 3rd  International, 2010, 354-355.

Book Chapters

1. Xie ZY, Zhao YJ,Gu HC, Ye BF, Gu ZZ.“Stop-Bands in Photonic Crystals: From Tuning to Sensing”, in Responsive Photonic Nanostructures: Smart Nanoscale Optical Materials (Ed: Yadong Yin), RSC Publishing, 2013, 21-43. DOI: 10.1039/9781849737760-00021.




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Yuanjin Zhao received his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from Southeast University. Since 2012, he was promoted to be an associate professor of Southeast University. In 2009-2010, he worked as a research scholar at Prof. David A. Weitz’s group in SEAS of Harvard University. His current scientific interests are focused on photonic crystal materials, microfluidics and biosensors. He has published more than 50 research papers in international journals and applied more than 40 related patents. His recent awards include the New Century Excellent Talents of Chinese Ministry of Education.