Lifei Zheng, Ph.D.


Lifei Zheng studied chemistry at Nanjing University (China). From 2010 to 2015 he pursued his graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Herrmann at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Then he moved to Radboud University as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Wilhelm Huck. Since 2018 Dr. Zheng is a project leader of the DWI Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials. Dr. Zheng has been working in the field of bio-inspired chemistry which is aiming to fabricate novel molecular architectures and systems by learning from nature’s elegance. His research work at this interface resulted in new biohybrid structures, novel catalytic strategies and integration of nature’s principle in artificial nanosystems, which are documented by several high-quality publications in leading chemistry journals, such as Nat. Chem., JACS and Angew. Chemie. He was awarded several prizes including Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2014) and Lebniz leopdina fellow (2019).


  1. 03/2010-03/2015    PhD, Polymer chemistry, University of Groningen, NL
  2. 09/2007-12/2009   Master, Organic chemistry, Nanjing University
  3. 09/2003-06/2007  BSc, chemistry, Nanjing University

Research Experiences

  1. 11/2020-present    Researcher, WIUCAS
  2. 09/2018-10/2020  Project leader,DWI-Leibniz institute for interactive materials, DE
  3. 01/2016-08/2018  Postdoc,Radboud University, NL
  4. 01/2015-12/2015    Postdoc,University of Groningen, NL

Selected Publications

#Co-first authorship *通讯作者 Corresponding authorship)

  1. Luo, M. Xuan, S. Huo, J. Fan, G. Chakraborty, Y. Wang, H. Zhao,* A. Herrmann,*, L. Zheng*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 59, 59, 17250-17255.
  2. Zheng#*, H. Zhao#, Y. Han#, H. Qian, J. Mecinović, L. Vukovic, P. Kral, W. Huck*, Catalytic transport of molecular cargo using diffusive binding along a polymer track. Nat. Chem. 2019, 11, 359-366.
  3. Zhang#, L. Zheng#*, Z. Meng, K. Balinin, M. Loznik, A. Herrmann*, Accelerating chemical reactions by molecular sledding. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 6331-6334.
  4. Zheng#, S. Sonzini#, M. Ambarwati, E. Rosta, O. A. Scherman*, A. Herrmann*, Turning Cucurbit [8] uril into a supramolecular nanoreactor for asymmetric catalysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13007-13011.
  5. Zheng, A. Marcozzi, J. Y. Gerasimov, A. Herrmann*, Conformationally constrained cyclic peptides: Powerful scaffolds for asymmetric catalysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7599 –7576. (rate as hot paper)
  6. Liu#, L. Zheng#, Q. Liu, J. W. de Vries, J. Y. Gerasimov, A. Herrmann*, Nucleic acid chemistry in the organic phase: from functionalized oligonucleotides to DNA side chain polymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 14255–14262.
  7. Zheng, X. Huang, Y. Shen, Y. Cheng*, Click chemistry approach to fluorescence-based polybinaphthyls incorporating a triazole moiety for Hg2+ recognition. Synlett. 2010, 3, 453-456.
  8. Deng, M. Vibhute, L. Zheng, H. Zhao, M. Yelleswarapu, W. Huck*, Macromolecularly crowded protocells from reversibly shrinking monodisperse liposomes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 7399–7402.
  9. Liu, L. Zheng, C. Ma, R. Göstl, A. Herrmann*, DNA–surfactant complexes: self-assembly properties and applications. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 5147-5172
  10. Deng, M. Yelleswarapu, L. Zheng, W. Huck*, Microfluidic assembly of monodisperse vesosomes as artificial cell models. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 139, 587-590.
  11. Liu, D. Chen, A. Marcozzi, L. Zheng, J. Su, D. Pesce, W. Zajaczkowski, A. Kolbe, W. Pisula, K. Müllen, N. A. Clark*, A. Herrmann*, Thermotropic liquid crystals from biomacromolecules. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A 2014, 111, 18596-18600.

Research Grants


Honors and Awards

  1. Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad(2014)
  2. Leibniz Leopoldina Fellow (2019)