SUTD hosted >400 students from secondary schools in Singapore, during the Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad on 18 May 2019.
It is for the first time that Chemistry Olympiad came to SUTD.
During this event, members of the Fluorescence Research Group played an instrumental role in setting up the venues and helping with the logistics. Thank you, guys!
We also appreciate all the great support provided by various departments of SUTD.
Our work on Twisted Intramolecular Charge Shuttle (TICS) has been featured in SUTD Research News and reported in various media, such as:
Figure 1. (a) Schematic illustration of the twisted intramolecular charge shuttle (TICS) mechanisms; “D” and “A” denote electron-donating and electron-accepting fragments, respectively. (b) Reaction mechanism of a TICS based GSH fluorescent probe, and confocal microscope images of HeLa cells stained with the probe and Hoechst 33342 (a nucleus stain with blue emissions). No red emissions were observed in cells that were pre-treated with 1 mM NMM to remove GSH, while intense red fluorescence was present in cells with GSH. Scale bar = 20 μm.
Families of the Fluorescence Research Group gathered at Chinatown for a sumptuous dinner in Mar 2019, to celebrate the acceptance of Weijie’s paper “Photoexcitation Induced Twisted Intramolecular Charge Shuttle (TICS)” by Angew. Chemie.
Congratulations, Weijie! And thank you, our collaborators from Professor Zhaochao Xu’s, Professor Young-Tae Chang’s, and Professor Matthew J. Lang’s groups.
Members of the Fluorescence Research Group attended the 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Golden Jubilee Celebration Dinner of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) on 29 Mar 2019. “SNIC was established in March 1970 as a national body for the chemical profession in Singapore.”
During this AGM, Dr. Xiaogang Liu was elected as a Council Member of SNIC. We are excited to bring SUTD into the chemistry community in Singapore and look forward to learning from and working with our peers.
Photo (from left to right): Ying, Chao, Xiaogang, and Weijie
Dr. Dai Liang from the Department of Physics at the City University of Hong Kong visited us in Jan 2019. Dr. Dai was an expert in multi-scale modeling, and we had a fruitful discussion on combining quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamics to understand the photophysics and photochemistry of small molecule fluorescent dyes.
The Fluorescence Research Group welcomes its new members: Dr. Ying GAO (Visiting Researcher) and Dr. Chao WANG (Research Fellow).
We welcomed our members with a hot-pot lunch in a hot country. We also look forward to delivering good research results with teamwork and having lots of fun in 2019.
Photo (from left to right): Ying, Chao, Xiaogang, Liang, and Weijie
Dr. Liu attended the conference of Fluorescent Biomolecules and their Building Blocks (FB3), held in Glasgow, UK from Sat 30th June to Tue 3rd July, 2018.
He gave a talk on combining chemical “big data” and quantum chemical calculations to understand the structure-property relationships of fluorescent dyes.
He was very impressed by friendly Scottish people and the historical architectures in Glasgow.
He also visited the University of Glasgow, looking for student exchange opportunities for the undergraduate students at SUTD.
The Fluorescence Research Group of SUTD and its families and friends had a wonderful dinner in May 2018. We enjoyed our night but regretted the buffet dinner was not good for losing weight.
Xiaogang and Weijie attended the “the 2nd Youth Scholar Forum on Fluorescent Probes and Bioimaging” (第二届荧光探针与成像青年学者研讨会) in Shanghai from 6 Apr to 8 Apr 2018.
Dr. Liu delivered one invited talk on the molecular origins of ring-opening mechanisms in rhodamines dyes. We proposed one unified push-pull model to explain many parameters that affect the ring-opening process.
We also met many friends in Shanghai and enjoyed the discussions on fluorescent dyes and probes. We thanked Professors Yang Youjun, Guo Zhiqian, and Ma Xiang for organizing this conference.
Photo: (from left to right) Weijie, Xiaogang, Professor Xu Zhaochao, Professor Xu Lin, Dr. Qi Qingkai, and Dr. Qiao Qinglong
Fluorescent Research Group warmly welcomed Dr. Liu Zhe from MIT (USA) and Mr. Nguyễn Văn Ất from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam) for visiting our group.
We enjoyed conversations with our guests and look forward to seeing them again.
Photo: Dr. Chi Weijie, Dr. Liu Xiaogang, Mr. Nguyễn Văn Ất and Prof. Huang Lu
Photo: Dr. Liu Xiaogang (Left) and Dr. Liu Zhe (Right) at SUTD