Dr Jianyong Jin

BEng (Dalian), MSc (Fudan), PhD (Clemson)

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Senior Lecturer


I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland. Before joining Auckland in 2011, I studied my PhD degree in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry from Clemson University, South Carolina and worked for chemical industry in the States for 6 years. My expertise has lifted the field of synthetic polymer chemsitry and specialty polymer production in New Zealand to a compettive global level. My academic research interests include: microporous membranes for molecular separation, biodegradable antimicrobial polymers, specialty laser micromachining polymers, visible light induced polymer network and gel synthesis, and polymer microphotonics.

Research | Current

The main research focus of my research group is to discover new functional polymeric materials through advanced polymer architectures design and versatile organic chemistry approaches.

In my past six years industry career in the United States (2005-2011), I was involved in several areas, including fluoropolymers for passive and active optics, low cost proton exchange membrane for hydrogen fuel cell, gas separation membrane and nanocrystals composites.

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Specific interests

  • Novel fluorinated polymer synthesis
  • Novel step growth polymer synthesis
  • Novel high performace thermoplastics synthesis
  • Novel polymer carrying biological functions

Industrial applications

  • Membranes
  • Microphotonics
  • Micorelectronics
  • Advanced polymeric materirals


  • Antimicrobial Polymers
  • Materials Accelerator
  • Laser Photonics

Teaching | Current

  • CHEM 100  Summer School

  • CHEM 243  Physicochemical Principles for the Biological and Health Sciences (Semester I)

  • CHEM 380  Materials Chemistry (Semester II)

  • CHEM 780  Advanced Materials Chemistry (Semester II)

Postgraduate supervision

The JIN research group seeks motivated and talented students to perform concentrated research in advanced synthetic polymer chemistry. This is an exciting opportunity to join this newly formed group, which has big plans and lot's of exciting projects in the pipeline. Students joining my group commonly need to have organic synthesis backgrounds.

Areas of expertise

  • Specialty Polymer Synthesis
  • Step Growth Polymerisation
  • Gas Separation Membrane
  • Optical Materials
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Membrane

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase committee (2012)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhang, Z., Corrigan, N., Bagheri, A., Jin, J., & Boyer, C. (2019). A Versatile 3D and 4D Printing System through Photocontrolled RAFT Polymerization. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 58 (50), 17954-17963. 10.1002/anie.201912608
  • Bagheri, A., Bainbridge, C., & Jin, J. (2019). Visible Light-Induced Transformation of Polymer Networks. ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, 1 (7), 1896-1904. 10.1021/acsapm.9b00458
  • Bagheri, A., & Jin, J. (2019). Photopolymerization in 3D Printing. ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, 1 (4), 593-611. 10.1021/acsapm.8b00165
  • Chen, Y., Zhang, S., Jin, J., Liu, C., Liu, Q., & Jian, X. (2019). Poly(phthalazinone ether ketone) Amphoteric Ion Exchange Membranes with Low Water Transport and Vanadium Permeability for Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Application. ACS Applied Energy Materials10.1021/acsaem.9b01687
  • Wu, W.-H., Thomas, P., Hume, P., & Jin, J. (2018). Effective Conversion of Amide to Carboxylic Acid on Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1) with Nitrous Acid. Membranes, 8 (2).10.3390/membranes8020020
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42292
  • Starannikova, L., Belov, N., Shantarovich, V., Zhang, J., Jin, J., & Yampolskii, Y. (2018). Effective increase in permeability and free volume of PIM copolymers containing ethanoanthracene unit and comparison between the alternating and random copolymers. Journal of Membrane Science, 548, 593-597. 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.11.049
  • Garrity, N. K., Grigsby, W. J., Jin, J., & Edmonds, N. R. (2017). Rheological behaviors exhibited by soy protein systems under dynamic aqueous environments. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 134 (46), 45513-45513. 10.1002/app.45513
  • Cho, C. A. H., Liang, C., Perera, J., Liu, J., Varnava, K. G., Sarojini, V., ... Swift, S. (2017). Molecular weight and charge density effects of guanidinylated biodegradable polycarbonates on antimicrobial activity and selectivity. Biomacromolecules, 19 (5), 1389-1401. 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b01245
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Duncan McGillivray, Viji Sarojini, Ralph Cooney, Simon Swift, Margaret Brimble


Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
New Zealand

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