Emerging Investigator: Guangxue Feng from South China University of Technology, China

Emerging Investigator: Guangxue Feng

Position           Professor

Postdoc           2016–2017  National University of Singapore

Education        2011–2016  National University of Singapore        Ph.D.

                        2007–2011  National University of Singapore        B.Eng.

ORCID            0000-0003-4344-3517

Read Guangxue Feng’s Emerging Investigator Series article in Materials Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

  Cationic AIE-active photosensitizers for highly efficient photodynamic eradication of drug-resistant bacteria  


A cationization and cyano introduction molecular engineering strategy is reported to develop AIE-active photosensitizers for high-efficiency PDT eradication of drug-resistant bacteria.


  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 21 Nov 2022  
  Mater. Chem. Front., 2023, Advance Article  

My research interests

Key words: aggregation-induced emission, biomedical imaging, phototheranostics, smart materials, self-assembly
My research interests focus on the development of novel organic optoelectronic nanomaterials for biomedical and biological applications. The main research direction in my group is to develop novel nanomaterials with aggregation-induced emission feature and to manipulate their excited energy dissipation pathways through controlling intramolecular motions to boost their phototheranostic performance. Particularly, we aim to finely control the intramolecular motions through the design of stimuli-responsive molecular probes, nanoparticles, and porous frameworks, etc., to fully utilize the absorbed photons for antitumor and antimicrobial applications.

10 Facts about me

I chose my current career path because I enjoy solving puzzles and discovering new things.  

I published my first research article on controlling the self-assembly behaviour of conjugated polymers inside organic nanoparticles for cell tracking in Small in 2013.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is that I participated in the founding of LuminiCell Pte Ltd, a start-up company to commercialize AIE dots-based cell trackers.

My favourite sport is badminton.

My favourite book is The Little Prince.

One thing I cannot live without is great food.

If I were not a scientist, I would be an engineer, solving problems somewhere.

The most challenging part of my job is applying for funding.

The most important thing I learnt is everything and all work need timelines.

I advise my students to teach me something (anything) that is new to me when they graduate.

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