Institute Introduction     Shenzhen University, Shenzhen University Institute for Advanced Study is a newly established comprising undergraduate and postgraduate training, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research of new school educational institutions. Shenzhen University Institute for Advanced Study is an exploration of a comprehensive internal reform and innovation, special management system, carry out cross-discipline innovation talent training and scientific research academic, DC, practice professor hospital treatment。

Yan Cao

Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Address:Room 362, Administration Building, Shenzhen University,Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060


2012 The University of Akron, Polymer Physics, Ph.D.

2003 South China University of Technology, Polymer Engineering, M.E.

1999 Hubei University of Technology, Polymer Engineering, B.E.


11/2012-07/2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, Kyushu University, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Fukuoka, Japan

09/2007-09/2012 Research Assistant, The University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science, Akron, USA.


08/2003-08/2005 Project Manager---Guangzhou Torch Hi-tech Innovation Centre(Guangzhou Entrepark for Oversea Scholars), Scientific and Technology Bureau of Guangzhou Economic Zone, Guangzhou,China.


Structure and morphology of self-assembly supramolecular, polymer or organic single crystal potentially applied in advanced materials;

Fabrication and characterization of polymer nanostructures under geometric confinement;

Three dimensional(3D) tomography of advanced materials;

Modification of Soft interface and surface in advanced materials;

Processing and characterization of thermoplastic elastomers and polymer blends;

Epitaxy application of polymers in nanotechnology


Poster awards----Rotating Crystal Growth and Nucleation Mechanism Studies of Nylon-12 Nanolines under Cylindrical Confinement. International Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization 2013 (IDMPC2013), Kyoto,Japan.

Outstanding Alumni of Hubei University of Technology, 2012.


American Physics Society (Member, 2009-);

The Society of Polymer Science,Japan(Member, 2013-);


Yan Cao, Ryan M. Van Horn, Chi-Chun Tsai, Matthew J. Graham, Kwang-Un Jeong, Bojie Wang, Finizia Auriemma, Claudio De Rosa, Bernard Lotz, Stephen Z. D. Cheng."Epitaxially Dominated Crystalline Morphologies of the gamma-Phase in Isotactic Polypropylene", Macromolecules, 2009, 42 (13): 4758.

Yan Cao, Ryan M. Van Horn, Hao-Jan Sun, Guoliang Zhang, Chien-Lung Wang, Kwang-Un Jeong, Finizia Auriemma, Claudio De Rosa, Bernard Lotz, Stephen Z. D. Cheng,"Stem Tilt in alpha-Form Single Crystals of Isotactic Polypropylene: A Manifestation of Conformational Constraints Set by Stereochemistry and Minimized Fold Encumbrance", Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 3916.

Fu-Ai Tenga , Yan Caoa (a: Co-first authorship), Yuan-Jiang Qi, Mingjun Huang, Zhe-Wen Han, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Wen-Bin Zhang, Hui Li."Syntheses, Crystal Structures, and Optic/Electronic Properties of Sphere-Rod Shape Amphiphiles Based on the [60]Fullerene-Oligofluorene Conjugate", Chemistry-An Asian Journal, 2013, 8, 1223.

Tianzhi Yua, Yan Caoa (a: Co-first authorship), Wenming Su, Chengcheng Zhang, Yuling Zhao, Duowang Fan, Mingjun Huang, Kan Yue, Stephen Z. D. Cheng. "Synthesis, Structure, Photo- and Electro-luminescence of an Iridium(III) Complex with Novel Carbazole Functionalized β-diketone Ligand", RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 554.

Yan Cao, Hui Wu, Yuji Higaki, Hiroshi Jinnai and Atsushi Takahara."Molecular Self-assembly of Nylon-12 Rod Cylindrically Confined Nanoporous Alumina", International Union of Crystallography, 2014, 1, 439.

Anthony Schultz, Yan Cao, Mingjun Huang, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Xiaopeng Li, Charles N Moorefield, Chrys Wesdemiotis, George R Newkome."Stable, trinuclear Zn(II)- and Cd(II)-metallocycles: TWIM-MS,photophysical properties, and nanofiber formation", DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 2012, 41, 11573.

Hui Wu, Yan Cao, Ryohei Ishige, Taiki Hoshino, Yuji Higaki, Noboru Ohta, Atsushi Takahara. "Confinement-Induced Crystal Growth in One-Dimensional Isotactic Polystyrene Nanorod Arrays", ACS Macro Lett., 2013, 2, 414.

Guoliang Zhang, Yan Cao, Liuxin Jin, Ping Zheng, Ryan M Van Horn, Bernard Lotz, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Wei Wang. "Crystal growth pattern changes in low molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) ultrathin films", Polymer, 2011, 52, 1133.

Xiaocun Lu, Xiaopeng Li, Yan Cao, Anthony Schultz, Jin-Liang Wang, Charles N Moorefield, Chrys Wesdemiotis, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, George R Newkome. "Self-Assembly of Supralmolecular, Three-Dimensional, Spoked,Bicycle-like wheel", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 7728.

Dae-Yoon Kim, Lei Wang, Yan Cao, Xinfei Yu, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Shiao-Wei Kuo, Dae-Hyun Song, Seung Hee Lee, Myong-Hoon Lee, Kwang-Un Jeong. "The biaxial lamello-columnar liquid crystalline structure of a tetrathiafulvalene sanidic molecule", J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 32, 16382.

Tingbin Yang, Ming Wang, Yan Cao, Fei Huang, Lin Huang, Junbiao Peng, Xiong Gong, Stephen Z. D. Cheng, Yong Cao."Polymer Solar Cells with a Low-Temperature-Annealed Sol–Gel-Derived MoOBxB Film as a Hole Extraction Layer", Adv. Ene. Mat., 2012, 2, 523.

Yiwen Li, Wen-Bin Zhang, I-Fan Hsieh, Guoliang Zhang, Yan Cao, Xiaopeng Li, Chrys Wesdemiotis, Bernard Lotz, Huiming Xiong, Stephen Z. D. Cheng." H; Breaking Symmetry toward Nonspherical Janus Particles Based on Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes: Molecular Design, "Click" Synthesis, and Hierarchical Structure", JACS, 2011, 133(28):10712.