Yuping Shi

Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
+49 6131 379-723

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I earned DPhil in Engineering Science from Oxford University (supervisors: Prof. Donal Bradley FRS CBE and Prof. Stephen Morris), with my whole Ph.D. study being financially supported by the prestigious full-cost Hong Kong Jockey Club Graduate Scholarship at the University of Oxford (known as the JC-Oxford Scholar). I served as a Junior Tutor in Oxford University St Cross College during the last two years of my Ph.D. study, and also became a proud recipient of Rank Prize Optoelectronic Covid-19 Response Grant in 2021. I have been contributing as an active reviewer for the journals such as Advanced MaterialsAdvanced Functional Materials and Applied Physics Letters.

My Oxford Ph.D. Thesis has pioneered polymer alignment research by exploring and optimising photoalignment and spatial patterning of polymer chain orientation using macroscopic linearly polarised light excitation and two-photon femtosecond direct (infrared) laser writing, respectively. Through access to the intrinsic structural, coupling and transport anisotropy, this newly developed photoalignment technology results in the long-sought fabrication of large-area-extended polymer crystals, whilst also ensuring a new degree of freedom to finely tune charge/energy transfer pathway, light emission, and dielectric/optical modulation in polymeric and molecular semiconductors. The fundamental research of such kind enables greater design flexibility to enrich or disrupt the established and emerging technologies, e.g. light-harvesting, polarised LEDs, organic thin-film transistors and thermoelectrics, optical circuits, and semi-artificial photosynthesis. Please refer to an earlier news report by Oxford University in recognition of my research breakthrough made in the ultrahigh-quality photoalignment and sub-micron resolution spatial patterning of conjugated polymers.

Immediately after the completion of my Oxford study, I moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and University of California, Berkeley, joining the famous research group of Prof. Graham Fleming (USA NASFRS) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow as to expand my expertise in the field of multidimensional ultrafast spectroscopy for the study of charge/energy transfer dynamics in both synthetic semiconductors and naturally occurring light-harvesting complexes. Thereafter, the state-of-the-art two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy and quantum light spectroscopy, together with various established time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, have been utilized in my research projects towards elucidating involved photo-biochemical dynamics and transfer temporospatial coherence.

Currently working with Prof. Katharina Landfester in Max Planck Institute since May 2023, I am focusing on developing and applying red/NIR-light absorbing conjugated polymers as highly efficient photobiocatalysts and bio-compatible artificial photoenzymes in a wide range of applications, with prominent examples including photobiocatalysis in artificial cells and living systems, tumor phototherapy, cell-mimicking, bio-imaging/sensing, light-to-fuel conversion, single-molecular quantum engineering science, and flexible electronics.

Curriculum Vitae

DPhil:  University of Oxford  (Oct. 2017 — April 2022)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley (April 2022 — April 2023)

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