1. W. Chi#, J. Chen#, W. Liu#, C. Wang, Q. Qi, Q. Qiao, T. Tan, K. Xiong, X. Liu, K. Kang, Y. T. Chang*, Z. Xu*, X. Liu*, “A General Descriptor ΔE Enables the Quantitative Development of Luminescent Materials based on Photoinduced Electron Transfer“, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 6777-6785. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  2. C. Wang#, Q. Qiao#, W. Chi, J. Chen, W. Liu, D. Tan, S. McKechnie, D. Lyu, X. Jiang, W. Zhou, N. Xu, Q. Zhang, Z. Xu*, X. Liu*, “Quantitative Design of Bright Fluorophores and AIEgens via the Accurate Prediction of Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT)“, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, accepted. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  3. W. Chi, Q. Qi, R. Lee, Z. Xu*, X. Liu*, “A Unified Push-Pull Model for Understanding the Ring-Opening Mechanism of Rhodamine Dyes“, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2020, 124, 3793-3801.
  4. L. Shi#, C. Yan#, Z. Guo*, W. Chi, J. Wei, W. Liu, X. Liu*, H. Tian, and W. Zhu*, “De novo strategy with engineering anti-Kasha/Kasha fluorophores enables reliable ratiometric quantification of biomolecules“, Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 793. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  5. X. Liu#, W. Chi#, Q. Qiao, S. V. Kokate, E. P. Cabrera, Z. Xu, X. Liu*Y. Chang*, “Molecular Mechanism of Viscosity Sensitivity in BODIPY Rotors and Application to Motion-Based Fluorescent Sensors“, ACS Sensors, 2020, 5, 731-739.  (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  6. Y. Zhang#, C. Yan#, C. Wang, Z. Guo*, X. Liu, W. Zhu, “A Sequential Dual‐Lock Strategy for Photoactivatable Chemiluminescent Probes Enabling Bright Duplex Optical Imaging“, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, accepted. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  7. J. Yang, K. Li, J. Wang, S. Sun, W. Chi, C. Wang, X. Chang, C. Zou, W. To, M. Li, X. Liu, W. Lu, H. Zhang, C. Che, Y. Chen*, “Controlling Metallophilic Interactions in Chiral Au(I) Double Salts towards Excitation Wavelength‐Tunable Circularly Polarized Luminescence“, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, 59, 6915-6922.
  8. L. Zhou, F. Luo, W. Chi, Y. Tang, X. Liu, Q. Lin*, “Activatable selenium-containing fluorescent apoptotic agent for biosensing and tracing cancer cell apoptosis“, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2020, 311, 127915.
  9. Q. Ai, J. Chai, W. Lou, T. Liu, D. Wang, C. Deng, C. Wang, G. Li, X. Liu, Z. Liu*, Q. Zhang*, “Efficient and Stable Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Employing Indolo[2,3-b]indole-Based Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitters“, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2020, 12, 6127-6136.
  10. L. Chen#, F. Li#, M. Nandi, L. Huang, Z. Chen, J. Wei, W. Chi, X. Liu*, J. Yang*, “Towards tetrazine-based near-infrared fluorogenic dyes: Is there a wavelength limit?“, Dyes and Pigments, 2020, 177, 108313. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).


  11. Z. Ye#, W. Yang*#, C. Wang#, Y. Zheng#, W. Chi, X. Liu*, Z. Huang, X. Li,  Y. Xiao*, “Quaternary Piperazine-Substituted Rhodamines with Enhanced Brightness for Super-Resolution Imaging“, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2019, 141, 14491-14495 (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  12. W. Chi#, Q. Qiao#, R. Lee, W. Liu, Y. S. Teo, D. Gu, M. J. Lang, Y. T. Chang*, Z. Xu*, X. Liu*,  “A Photoexcitation-Induced Twisted Intramolecular Charge Shuttle (TICS)“,  Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 7073-7077. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  13. W. Chi, J. Chen, Q. Qiao, Y. Gao, Z. Xu, X. Liu*, “Revealing the switching mechanisms of an OFF-ON-OFF fluorescent logic gate system“, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 201921, 16798 – 16803
  14. Q. Qi, W. Chi, Y. Li, Q. Qiao, J. Chen, L. Miao, Y. Zhang, J. Li, W. Ji, T. Xu*, X. Liu*, J. Yoon*, Z. Xu*, “A H-Bond Strategy to Develop Acid-Resistant Photoswitchable Rhodamine Spirolactams for Super-Resolution Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy“, Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 4914-4922.
  15. Q. Yang, D. Li, W. Chi, R. Guo, B. Yan, J. Lan*, X. Liu*, J. Yin*, “Regulation of aggregation-induced emission behaviours and mechanofluorochromism of tetraphenylethene through different oxidation states of sulphur moieties“,  Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2019, 7, 8244-8249.
  16. B. Kim, M. Fukuda, J. Lee, D. Su, S. Sanu, A. Silvin, A. T. Khoo, T. Kwon, X. Liu, W. ChiX. Liu, S. Choi, D. S. Wan, S. Park, J. Kim, F. Ginhoux, H. S. Je*, Y. T. Chang*, “Visualizing Microglia with a Fluorescence Turn‐On Ugt1a7c Substrate“, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 7972-7976. (Featured on the Frontispiece)
  17. H. Wu#, W. Chi#,  G. Baryshnikov, B. Wu, Y. Gong, D. Zheng, X. Li, Y. Zhao, X. Liu, H. Ågren, L. Zhu*, “Crystal Multi‐Conformational Control Through Deformable Carbon‐Sulfur Bond for Singlet‐Triplet Emissive Tuning“, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 4328-4333. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  18. X. Zhao, C. Wang, G. Yuan, H. Ding, L. Zhou*, X. Liu, Q. Lin, “A Dual-site Modulated FRET-based Two-photon Ratiometric Fluorescent Probe for Tracking Lysosomal pH Changes in Living Cells, Tissues and Zebrafish”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2019, 290, 79-86.
  19. W. Jia*, M. Cheng, L. Gao, S. M. Tan, C. Wang, X. Liu, R. Lee*, “Ruthenium Bisoxazoline Complex as Photoredox Catalyst for Nitro Compound Reduction under Visible Light“, Dalton Transactions, 2019, 48, 9949-9953.
  20. Q. Qi, L. Huang, R. Yang, J. Li, Q. Qiao, B. Xu, W. Tian*, X. Liu*, Z. Xu*, “Rhodamine-Naphthalimide Demonstrated a Distinct Aggregation-Induced Emission Mechanism: Elimination of Dark-States via Dimer Interactions (EDDI)“, Chemical Communications, 2019, 55, 1446-1449
  21. H. Wu, W. Chi, Z. Chen, G. Liu, L. Gu, A. K. Bindra, G. Yang, X. Liu, Y. Zhao*, “Achieving Amorphous Ultralong Room Temperature Phosphorescence by Coassembling Planar Small Organic Molecules with Polyvinyl Alcohol“, Advanced Functional Materials, 2019, 29, 1807243
  22. S. Long, L. Miao, R. Li, F. Deng, Q. Qiao, X. Liu, A. Yan, Z. Xu*, “Rapid Identification of Bacteria by Membrane-Responsive Aggregation of a Pyrene Derivative“, ACS Sensors, 2019, 4, 281–285.
  23. S. Long, W. Chi, L. Miao, Q. Qiao*, X. Liu*, Z. Xu*, “Strong π-π Stacking Interactions Led to the Mis-Assignment of Dimer Emissions to the Monomers of 1-Acetylpyrene“, Chinese Chemical Letters, 2019, 30, 601-604


  24. X. Han#, F. Hu#, W. Chi#, X. Ma, S. H. Liu, X. Liu*, J. Yin*, “Unusual intermolecular charge transfer enables supramolecular fluorescent viscosity sensors“, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2018, 277, 55-61. (#These authors contributed equally to this work).
  25. J. Chen, D. Li, W. Chi, G. Liu, S. H. Liu, X. Liu*, C. Zhang*, J. Yin*, “A Highly Reversible Mechanochromic Difluorobenzothiadiazole Dye with Near-Infrared Emission”, Chemistry – A European Journal2018, 24, 3671-3676. (Editor’s Hot Paper)
  26. L. Zhang, X. Liu, J. Li, S. McKechnie, “Interactions between Molecules and Perovskites in Halide Perovskite Solar Cells“, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2018, 175, 1-19.
  27. X. Wang, X. Liu, T. Cheng, H. Li, X.-F. Yang,  “Development of 4-hydrazinyl-7-nitrobenzofurazan as a Fluorogenic Probe for Detecting Malondialdehyde in Biological Samples“, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2018, 254, 248-254.


  28. Q. Qi, C. Li, X. Liu, S. Jiang, Z. Xu, R. Lee, M. Zhu, B. Xu, W. Tian, “Solid-State Photoinduced Luminescence Switch for Advanced Anticounterfeiting and Super-Resolution Imaging Applications“, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2017, 139, 16036-16039. (Featured on Front Cover)
  29. W. Chi, W. Yin, Q. Qi, Q. Qiao, Y. Lin, Z. Zhu, S. Vijayan, M. Hashimoto, G. Udayakumar, Z. Xu*, X. Liu*, “Ground-State Conformers Enable Bright Single-Fluorophore Ratiometric Thermometers with Positive Temperature Coefficients”, Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2017, 1, 2383-2390. (Invited Article)
  30. D. Su, C. L. Teoh, L. Wang, X. Liu, Y. T. Chang, “Motion-Induced Change in Emission (MICE) for Developing Fluorescent Probes“, Chemical Society Review, 2017, 46, 4833-4844. (Featured on Inside Back Cover)
  31. X. Han, B. Zhang, J. H. Chen, S. Liu, C. Tan, H. Liu, M. J. Lang, Y. Tan*, X. Liu*, J. Yin*, “Modulating Aggregation-Induced-Emission via Non-conjugated Linkage of Fluorophores to Tetraphenylethenes”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 20175, 5096-5100.
  32. X. Liu*, J. M. Cole*, Z. Xu*, “Substantial Intramolecular Charge Transfer Induces Long Emission Wavelengths and Mega Stokes Shifts in 6-Aminocoumarins“, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2017121, 13274–13279
  33. L. Zhou*, Q. Wang, Y. Tan, M. J. Lang, H. Sun* and X. Liu*, “Rational Development of Near-Infrared Fluorophores with Large Stokes Shifts, Bright One-Photon and Two-Photon Emissions for Bioimaging and Biosensing Applications“, Chemistry – A European Journal2017, 8736-8740. (Editor’s Hot Paper)


  34. X. Liu*, Q. Qiao (co-first author), W. Tian, W. Liu, J. Chen, M. J. Lang, Z. Xu*, “Aziridinyl fluorophores demonstrate bright fluorescence and superior photostability through effectively inhibiting twisted intramolecular charge transfer”, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2016, 138, 6960-6963.
  35. L. Zhang, X. Liu, W. Rao and J. Li, “Multilayer Dye Aggregation at Dye/TiO2 Interface via π…π Stacking and Hydrogen Bond and Its Impact on Solar Cell Performance: A DFT AnalysisScientific Reports2016, 6,5893.
  36. L. Zhang, X. Liu, J. Su, and J. Li, “First-Principles Study of Molecular Adsorption on Lead Iodide Perovskite Surface: A Case Study of Halogen Bond Passivation for Solar Cell Application”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2016120, 23536–23541.


  37. D. Mao, X. Liu (co-first author), Q. Qiao, W. Yin, M. Zhao, J. M. Cole, J. Cui, and Z. Xu, “Coumarin 545: An Emission Reference Dye with a Record-Low Temperature Coefficient for Ratiometric Fluorescence based Temperature Measurements“,  Analyst2015, 140, 1008-1013.
  38. G. Waddell, X. Liu, T. Zhao, J. M. Cole,Rationalizing the Photophysical Properties of BODIPY Laser Dyes via Aromaticity and Electron-Donor-Based Structural Perturbations“, Dyes and Pigments2015, 116, 74-81.


  39. X. Liu, D. Mao (co-first author), J. M. Cole, Z. Xu, “Temperature Insensitive Fluorescence Intensity in a Coumarin Monomer-Aggregate Coupled System“, Chemical Communications201450, 9329-9332.  (Highlighted in ACS Noteworthy Chemistry)
  40. X. Liu, P. R. Coxon, M. Peters, B. Hoex, J. M. Cole, D. J. Fray, “Black Silicon: Fabrication Methods, Properties and Solar Energy Applications“, Energy and Environmental Science20147, 3223-3263.
  41. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, P. Chow, L. Zhang, Y. Tan, T. Zhao, “Dye Aggregation and Complex Formation Effects in 7-(Diethylamino)-Coumarin-3-Carboxylic Acid”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C,2014118, 13042-13051.
  42. T. Liu, X. Liu (co-first author), D. R. Spring, X. Qian, J. Cui, Z. Xu, “Quantitatively Mapping Cellular Viscosity with Detailed Organelle Information via a Designed PET Fluorescent Probe“, Scientific Reports2014, 4, 5418.
  43. C. Cao, X. Liu*, Q. Qiao, M. Zhao, W. Yin, D. Mao, H. Zhang*, Z. Xu,* “A Twisted-Intramolecular-Charge-Transfer (TICT) Based Ratiometric Fluorescent Thermometer with a Mega-Stokes Shift and a Positive Temperature Coefficient“,  Chemical Communications201450, 15811-15814.
  44. L. Bayliss, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, Scott McKechnie, X. Liu,Predicting Solar-Cell Dyes for Cosensitization”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2014, 118, 14082-14090.


  45. X. Liu, Z. Xu, J. M. Cole, “Molecular Design of UV-vis Absorption and Emission Properties in Organic Fluorophores: towards Larger Bathochromic Shifts, Enhanced Molar Extinction Coefficients and Greater Stokes Shifts”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C,2013117, 16584–16595.
  46. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, K. S. Low, “Solvent Effects on the UV-vis Absorption and Emission of Optoelectronic Coumarins: a Comparison of Three Empirical Solvatochromic Models”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013117, 14731-14740.
  47. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, K. S. Low, “Molecular Origins of Dye Aggregation and Complex Formation Effects in Coumarin 343”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013117,14723-14730.
  48. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, T. C. Lin, S. McKechnie, “The Molecular Origins of Optoelectronic Properties in Coumarins 343, 314T, 445 and 522B”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013117, 14130-14141.
  49. L. Zhang, J. M. Cole, X. Liu, “Tuning Solvatochromism of Azo Dyes with Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding in Solution and on Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles“, Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013117, 26316-26323.
  50. L. Zhang, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, K. S. Low, X. Liu, “Relating Electron Donor and Carboxylic Acid Anchoring Substitution Effects in Azo Dyes to Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance“, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering20131, 1440-1452.


  51. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, T. C. Lin, J. Radia, A. Zeidler, “Molecular Origins of Optoelectronic Properties in Coumarin Dyes: Towards Designer Solar Cell and Laser Applications”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A2012116, 727–737.


  52. X. Liu, J. M. Cole, P. G. Waddell, T. C. Lin, “Molecular Origins of Commercial Laser Dye Functionality in Azacoumarins and Quinolones: LD 425, LD 489 and LD 473”, Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science201167, 560-568.
  53. Zhang, Y. Luo, X. Liu, G. Barbastathis, “Macroscopic Invisibility Cloak for Visible Light”, Physical Review Letters2011106, 033901. (Voted as the #4 of top 10 breakthroughs in physics for 2010)