TANG, Benzhong

Distinguished Presidential Chair Professor

Education Background

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

PhD, Kyoto University

MS, Kyoto University

Bachelor, South China University of Technology

Research Field
Materials science, macromolecular chemistry, and biomedical theranostics. His lab is spearheading the scientific research on aggregation-induced emission.
Personal Website

Professor Ben Zhong Tang received his BS and PhD degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University in 1982 and 1988, respectively. He conducted his postdoctoral work at University of Toronto and worked as a senior scientist in Neos Co., Ltd. in 1989–1994. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 1994 and was promoted to Chair Professor in 2008. In 2021, he joined CUHK-Shenzhen as Dean of School of Science and Engineering, with concurrent appointment of Professor at the School.

Professor Tang was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, and World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries. He is also fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

Professor Tang has published >1,600 papers. His publications have been cited >115,000 times, with an h-index of 152. He has been listed by Clarivate Analytics as Highly Cited Researcher in both areas of Chemistry and Materials Science since 2014. He received National Natural Science Award (1st Class) from Chinese Government (2017), Scientific and Technological Progress Award from Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (2017), Senior Research Fellowship from Croucher Foundation (2007), etc. He is now serving as Editor-in-Chief of Aggregate published by Wiley.


Academic Publications

(1) Selected Examples of Invited Review Articles

1. Aggregate Science: Much to Explore in the Meso World Matter 2021, 4, 338.

2. Aggregology: Exploration and Innovation at Aggregate Level Aggregate 2020, 1, 4.

3. Room-Temperature Phosphorescence from Organic Aggregate Nat. Rev. Mater. 2020, 5, 869.

4. Aggregation-Induced Emission: More Is Different Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9788.

5. Aggregation-Induced Emission: New Vistas at Aggregate Level Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9888.

6. Aggregate Science: from Structures to Properties Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 2001457.

7. Clusterization-Triggered Emission: Uncommon Luminescence from Common Materials Mater. Today 2020, 32, 275.

8. AIE Polymers: Synthesis and Applications Prog. Polym. Sci. 2020, 100, 101176.

9. Aggregation-Induced Emission: Together We Shine, United We Soar! Chem. Rev. 2015, 115, 11718.

10Aggregation-Induced Emission: The Whole Is More Brilliant than the Parts Adv. Mater. 2014, 26, 5429.


(2) Selected Examples of Recent Publications ( > 1,600 papers)

1. Substitution Activated Precise Phototheranostics through Supramolecular Assembly of AIEgen and Calixarene J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 15966.

2. Molecular Motions in AIEgen Crystals: Turning on Photoluminescence by Force-Induced Filament Sliding J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 14608.

3. Planar Plus Twisted Molecular Structure Leads to High Brightness of Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles for NIR-IIa Fluorescence Imaging J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 15146.

4. Reverse Thinking of Aggregation-Induced Emission Principle: Amplifying Molecular Motions to Boost Photothermal Efficiency of Nanofibers Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 20371.

5. Exosome-Mimetic Supramolecular Vesicles with Reversible and Controllable Fusion and Fission Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 21510.

6. Design of AIEgens for Near-Infrared IIb Imaging through Structural Modulation at Molecular and Morphological Levels Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 1255.

7. Tuning Push-Pull Electronic Effects of AIEgens to Boost Theranostic Efficacy for Colon Cancer J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 11442.

8. Phage-Guided Targeting, Discriminated Imaging and Synergistic Killing of Bacteria by AIE Bioconjugates J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 3959.

9. Tumor-Exocytosed Exosome/AIEgen Hybrid Nano-vesicles Facilitate Efficient Tumor Penetration and Photodynamic Therapy Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 13836.

10. ACQ-to-AIE Transformation: Tuning Molecular Packing by Regioisomerization for Two-photon NIR Bioimaging Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 12822.

11. Crystallization-Induced Reverse from Dark to Bright Excited Statesfor Construction of Solid-Emission-Tunable Squaraines Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 10136.

12. Fluorescence Self-reporting Precipitation Polymerization Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission for Constructing Optical Nanoagents Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 10122.

13. An AIE Conjugated Polymer with Ultra-strong ROS Generation Ability and Great Biosafety for Efficient Therapy of Bacterial Infection Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9952.

14. A Conjugated Polymeric Supramolecular Network with Aggregation‐Induced Emission Enhancement: An Efficient Light‐Harvesting System with an Ultrahigh Antenna Effect Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9908.

15. Principles of Aggregation-Induced Emission: Design of Deactivation Pathways for Advanced AIEgens and Applications Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9856.

16. Three-Pronged Attack by Homologous Far-Red/NIR AIEgens to Achieve ‘1+1+1>3’ Synergistic Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9610.

17. Time-dependent Photodynamic Therapy for Multiple Targets: A Highly Efficient AIE-active Photosensitizer for Selective Bacterial Elimination and Cancer Cell Ablation Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9470.

18. New Wine in Old Bottle: Prolonging Room-Temperature Phosphorescence of Crown Ethers by Supramolecular Interactions Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9293.