Dong Zhenchao,BSc (1983) from Sichuan University, MSc (1987) from Xiamen University, Ph.D. (1990) in Physical Chemistry from Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
In 1992, Dong did his post-doctoral research at Iowa State University (Ames Laboratory), USA. In 1996, Dong went to work at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, where he had been appointed as Senior Researcher and Subtheme Leader. Since 2004, he has been working as a full professor at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Dong is a recipient of New Century Talents Supporting Program” (Ministry of Education) and "Hundred Talent Project" (CAS).
Dong's research focuses on nanotechnology and single molecule optoelectronics, exploring scientific frontiers related to solid naked cluster chemistry, single molecule electroluminescence, and molecular plasmonics. In early days, through a balanced tuning of size factor and electronic “magic number”, Dong designed and synthesized a series of unprecedented naked clusters such as the thallium icosahedral cluster, which extended the Zintl concept and the solid “naked” cluster chemistry. In recent decade, he has been engaged in research on the control of photonic states at the molecular scale, single-molecule electroluminescence, and nanoplasmonics, and has established a unique combined technique of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and high-sensitivity single-photon detection. Using the highly localized excitation of tunneling electrons, Dong aims to explore the optoelectronic behavior of a single molecule in a nano-environment from the space, energy, and time domains. Through tuning of photonic states in molecular tunnel junctions, Dong detected for the first time the molecular fluorescence resulting from HOMO-LUMO transitions at the molecular scale, and discovered striking molecular electroluminescence phenomena: the relaxationless hot fluorescence, “energy forbidden” upconversion electroluminescence, and“colored” spectral tuning.
Dong is currently the PI of a number of research projects supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He has published more than 120 papers indexed by SCI and participated in the writing of four monographs. He has presented many invited talks at both domestic and international conferences, including those organized by the American Chemical Society and the International Vacuum Congress. He is the first author of six papers published in Nature Photonics, Phys. Rev. Lett., J. Am. Chem. Soc., and Angew. Chem., with a total of citations exceeding one thousand times (h-factor=21). He is now serving as a deputy secretary general of the Chinese Vacuum Society. In 2010, Dong was honored as “National Outstanding Science and Technology Workers” awarded by the China Association for Science and Technology.
1) Visualizing coherent intermolecular dipole-dipole coupling in real space , Nature , 2016 , 531, 623-627
2) Distinguishing adjacent molecules on a surface using plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering , Nature Nanotech , 2015 , 10(10), 865-869
3) Chemical mapping of a single molecule by plasmon enhanced Raman scattering , Nature , 2013 , 498, 82-86
4) Self-Decoupled Porphyrin with a Tripodal Anchor for Molecular-Scale Electroluminescence , J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 2013 , 135(42),15794-15800
5) Generation of molecular hot electroluminescence by resonant nanocavity plasmons , Nature Photonics , 2010 , 4,50-54
6) Molecular hot electroluminescence due to strongly enhanced spontaneous emission rates in a plasmonic nanocavity , Nanoscale , 2015 , 157, 39-45
7) Optical optimization for ultrasensitive photon mapping with submolecular resolution by STM induced luminescence , Rev. Sci. Instrum. , 2013 , 84, 066106
8) Charge Transfer and Retention in Directly Coupled Au-CdSe Nanohybrids , Nano Res. , 2012 , 5, 88-98
9) Fabrication of silver tips for scanning tunneling microscope induced luminescence , Rev. Sci, Instrum. , 2011 , 82(8), 083101
10) Modulation of nanocavity plasmonic emission by local molecular states of C60 on Au(111) , Optics Express , 2012 , 20, 26725-26735
11) Tip-plasmon mediated molecular electroluminescence on the highly oriented pyrolytic graphite substrate , Appl. Phys. Lett , 2012 , 111, 073111
12) Vibrationally resolved fluorescence from organic molecules in STM; , Phys. Rev. Lett , 2004 , 92(8),086801
13) Enhancement and Suppression Effect of Molecules on Nano-Cavity Plasmon Emissions Excited by Tunneling Electrons , Appl. Phys. Lett , 2010 , 97, 243101
14) Influence of a dielectric layer on photon emission induced by a scanning tunneling microscope , J. Chem. Phys. , 2009 , 130(8), 084706
15) Modulation of local plasmon mediated emission through molecular manipulation , Phys. Rev. B , 2009 , 79, 075406
16) Fluorescence decay of quasimonolayered porphyrins near a metal surface separated by short-chain alkanethiols , Appl. Phys. Lett. , 2008 , 92(22), 223118
17) Optimization of nanocavity field enhancement using two-dimensional plasmonic photonic crystals , Chn. Sci. Bull. , 2012 , 57, 77-82
18) Charge distribution mapping by low energy electrons; , Appl. Phys. Lett , 2004 , 85(19),4490-4492
19) Nanoscale organic electroluminescence from tunnel junction. , Phys. Rev. B , 2004 , 70,233204
20) Tunneling electron induced molecular luminescence from a nanoscale layer of organics; , Appl. Phys. Lett , 2004 , 84(6),969-971
21) Adsorption and tunneling of atomic scale In and Pb lines on Si(100) , Phys. Rev. B , 2001 , 63(11),115402
22) Anchoring of self-assembled monolayers of unsymmetrically-substituted chromophores with an oxoporphyrinogen surface clamp , Chem. Commun. , 2011 , 47, 8533–8535