Emerging Investigator: Haiyan Peng from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Emerging Investigator: Haiyan Peng

Position               Professor

Education           2012-2014  University of Colorado Boulder (USA)                                                                                         Joint PhD student

                           2008-2014  Huazhong University of Science and                                       Technology (China)                                       Ph.D.

                           2004-2008  Huazhong University of Science and                                       Technology (China)                                       B.Sc.

ORCID                0000-0002-0083-8589                      Google Scholar

Read Haiyan Peng’s Emerging Investigator Series article on Materials Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

  Liquid crystal-assisted manufacturing of flexible holographic polymer nanocomposites for high-security level anticounterfeiting  


Flexible manufacturing of holographic polymer nanocomposites has been realized by the synergy of hydrogen bonding networks with thiol–ene click reaction, which allows for the reconstruction of polarization-sensitive 3D images for advanced security.


  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 18 Oct 2022  
  Mater. Chem. Front., 2022, Advance Article  

My research interests

Key words: holography, photopolymerization, 3D printing, supramolecular chemistry
My research interests focus on photoreaction mechanism, photorheology, and photopolymerization-based advanced manufacturing such as holographic printing and 3D printing. Particularly, I have made great efforts on the development of new holographic polymer materials for applications in high-security level anticounterfeiting, high-density data storage, and augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR).

10 Facts about me

I chose my current career path because I can realize my creative thoughts via chemical design.  

I published my first academic article on the conceptual “photoinitibitor” in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is the pioneering work on crosstalk-free integration of cooperative-thermoresponse dual images via orthogonal photoreactions. This work was published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020.

I am most passionate about my work in holographic polymer nanocomposites because they can provide unlimited opportunities to explore new functions.

I always feel lucky that my advisors directed me to the cutting-edge research fields.

I get excited when I discuss new findings with my dynamic students.

My favourite hobby is fishing, which can free my whole soul. 

One thing I cannot live without is independent thinking.

It is my favourite time when I travel with my wife and lovely boys.

One city abroad I am eager to visit again is Boulder of which I have a lot of good memories. 

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