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Nankai University , often known as Nankai, is a public research university located in Tianjin mainland China. Founded in 1919 by prominent educators Zhang Boling and Yan Fansun , Nankai is one of the most prestigious universities in China. Its alumi include the former Premier Zhou Enlai and Nobel laureates Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee. Wikipedia.


Jin Z.,Nankai University
Natural Product Reports | Year: 2013

Structurally diverse alkaloids containing five-membered heterocyclic subunits, such as imidazole, oxazole, thiazole, as well as their saturated congeners, are widely distributed in terrestrial and marine organisms and microorganisms. These naturally occurring secondary metabolites often exhibit extensive and pharmacologically important biological activities. The latest progress involving isolation, biological activities, chemical synthetic studies, and biosynthetic pathways of these natural products has been summarized in this review. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Jin Z.,Nankai University
Natural Product Reports | Year: 2013

Recent progress on the isolation, identification, biological activity and synthetic studies of structurally diverse alkaloids from plants of the family Amaryllidaceae is summarized in this review. In addition, the structurally related alkaloids isolated from Sceletium species are discussed as well. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Jin Z.,Nankai University
Natural Product Reports | Year: 2011

A great number of structurally diverse natural products containing five-membered heterocyclic subunits, such as imidazole, oxazole, thiazole, and their saturated congeners, are abundant in nature. These naturally occurring metabolites often exhibit extensive and pharmacologically important biological activities. The latest progress in the isolation, biological activities, chemical synthetic studies, and biosynthetic pathways on these natural products is summarized in this review. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Guo D.-S.,Nankai University | Liu Y.,Nankai University
Chemical Society Reviews | Year: 2012

Calixarenes are one kind of phenol-formaldehyde cyclic oligomers, discovered from the Bakelite process. Their intrinsic characteristics, including the unique structural scaffold, facile modification and adjustable inclusion property, show pronounced potential for supramolecular polymerization. In this tutorial review, we summarize the current stage of fabrication of calixarene-based supramolecular polymers. Three types of calixarene-based supramolecular polymers are, respectively, illustrated according to the different activities of calixarenes: (1) calixarene-based supramolecular polycaps, (2) supramolecular polymers with polymeric calixarene scaffolds where the cavities remain unexploited; (3) supramolecular polymers formed by the host-guest interactions offered by calixarene cavities. Furthermore, the stimuli-responsiveness and functions of calixarene-based supramolecular polymers are illustrated, which endow them with a broad range of potential applications as smart, self-healing materials and delivery carriers. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012.


Tang Q.,Nankai University | Zhou Z.,Nankai University
Progress in Materials Science | Year: 2013

Graphene, an atomic monolayer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice realized in 2004, has rapidly risen as the hottest star in materials science due to its exceptional properties. The explosive studies on graphene have sparked new interests towards graphene-analogous materials. Now many graphene-analogous materials have been fabricated from a large variety of layer and non-layer materials. Also, many graphene-analogous materials have been designed from the computational side. Though overshadowed by the rising graphene to some degree, graphene-analogous materials have exceptional properties associated with low dimensionality and edge states, and bring new breakthrough to nanomaterials science as well. In this review, we summarize the recent progress on graphene-analogous low-dimensional materials (2D nanosheets and 1D nanoribbons) from both experimental and computational side, and emphasis is placed on structure, properties, preparation, and potential applications of graphene-analogous materials as well as the comparison with graphene. The reviewed materials include strictly graphene-like planar materials (experimentally available h-BN, silicene, and BC3 as well as computationally predicted SiC, SiC2, B, and B2C), non-planar materials (metal dichalcogenides, metal oxides and hydroxides, graphitic-phase of ZnO, MXene), metal coordination polymers, and organic covalent polymers. This comprehensive review might provide a directional guide for the bright future of this emerging area. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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