Mingjiang Zhong

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and Chemistry
Room / Office: Room 429
Office Address:
17 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208286
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-5790
Fax: (203) 432-4387
Email: mingjiang.zhong@yale.edu
  • B.S., Peking University
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University


  • New synthetic methods for the preparation of functional organic materials and organic-inorganic interfaces.
  • Polymeric and polymer-derived carbon materials for energy, catalysis, and environmental applications.
  • Combining sophisticated molecular design and analysis techniques to understand complex soft matter behaviors.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • 2020 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
  • 2019 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2019 ACS PMSE Young Investigator
  • 2017 ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator
  • 2013 Guy C. Berry Graduate Research Award, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad
  • 2013 ACS POLY Award for Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research, ACS Polymer Division
  • 2012 Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Publications:

  • Li, F.; Cao, M.; Feng, Y.; Liang, R.; Fu, X.; Zhong, M.*, Site-Specifically Initiated Controlled/Living Branching Radical Polymerization: A Synthetic Route Toward Hierarchically Branched Architectures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 794–799. (equal contribution)
  • Guo, Z.-H.; Le, A. N.; Feng, X.; Choo, Y.; Liu, B.; Wang, D.; Wan, Z.; Gu, Y.; Zhao, J.; Li, V.; Osuji, C.; Johnson, J. A.;* Zhong, M.*, Janus Graft Block Copolymers: Design of Polymer Architecture for Independently Tuned Nanostructures and Polymer Properties. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 8493–8497. (equal contribution)
  • Zhong, M.; Wang, R.; Kawamoto, K.; Olsen, B. D.; Johnson, J. A., Quantifying the Impact of Molecular Defects on Polymer Network Elasticity. Science 2016, 353, 1264-1268. (equal contribution)
  • Kawamoto, K.; Zhong, M.; Gadelrab, K. R.; Cheng, L.-C.; Ross, C. A.; Alexander-Katz, A.; Johnson, J. A., Graft-through Synthesis and Assembly of Janus Bottlebrush Polymers from A-branch-B Diblock Macromonomers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11501-11504. (equal contribution)
  • Chen, M.; Zhong, M.; Johnson, J. A., Photo-mediated and Photo-Catalyzed Living Polymerizations. Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 10167-10211. (equal contribution)
  • Zhukhovitskiy, A. V.; Zhong, M.; Keeler, E. G.; Michaelis, V. K.; Sun, J. E.P.; Hore, M. J. A.; Pochan, D. J.; Griffin, R. G.; Willard, A. P.; Johnson, J. A., Highly Branched and Loop-rich Gels via Formation of Metal-organic Cages Linked by Polymers. Nature Chem. 2016, 8, 33-41.
  • Zhong, M.; Kim, E. K.; McGann, J. P.; Chun, S. E.; Whitacre, J. F.; Jaroniec, M.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Kowalewski, T., Electrochemically Active Nitrogen-Enriched Nanocarbons with Well-Defined Morphology Synthesized by Pyrolysis of Self-Assembled Block Copolymer. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 14846-14857. (equal contribution)