Lei Fang

Assistant Professor - Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-3186

E-mail: fang@chem.tamu.edu

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  • Ph.D. 2010, Northwestern University
  • MS 2006, Wuhan University & Hong Kong Baptist University
  • BS 2003, Wuhan University

Research Interests

The multi-disciplinary research programs in the Fang Group will focus on the bottom-up synthesis and processing of novel organic polymer materials — namely, ladder and coplanar polymers, as well as microporous polymer networks — for the applications on electronics and energy conversion/storage. Our thrust will be to gain profound understanding on the structure-property relationship of these materials at both the molecular and the macroscopic levels by employing the toolboxes of synthetic chemistry and device engineering. With this knowledge, we aim to establish a series of synthetically feasible, high performing, processable organic carbon-based material systems for field effect transistors, light emitting diodes, solar cells, supercapacitors, and batteries, and to be at the forefront in the enhancement of their efficiencies.


  • 2013 - Present
  • Assistant Professor / Texas A&M University Department of Chemistry
  • 2011–2013
  • Postdoctoral Scholar / Stanford University


  • Feldblyum, J.; McCreery, C.; Andrew S.; Kurosawa, T.; Santos, E.; Duong, V.; Fang, L.; Ayzner, A.; Bao, Z.; Few-Layer, Large-Area, 2D Covalent Organic Framework Semiconductor Thin Films, Commun. 2015, 13894−13897.
  • Giri, G.; DeLongchamp, D.; Reinspach, J.; Fischer, D.; Richter, L.; Xu, J.; Benight, S.; Ayzner, A.; He, M.-Q.; Fang, L.; Xue, G.; Toney, M.; Bao, Z., Effect of Solution Shearing Method on Packing and Disorder of Organic Semiconductor Polymers, Mater. 2015, 27, 2350−2359.
  • Zhou, Y.; Kurosawa, T.; Ma, W.; Guo, Y.; Fang, L.; Vandewal, K.; Diao, Y.; Wang, C.; Yan, Q.; Reinspach, J.; Mei, J.; Appleton, A. L.; Koleilat, G. I.; Gao, Y.; Mannsfeld, S. C. B.; Salleo, A.; Ade, H.; Zhao, D.; Bao, Z. High Performance All-Polymer Solar Cell via Polymer Side-Chain Engineering, Mater. 2014, 26, 3767−3722.
  • Mei, J.; Diao, Y.; Appleton, A. L.; Fang, L.; Bao, Z. Integrated Materials Design of Organic Semiconductors for Field-Effect Transistors, Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 6724−6746.
  • Wang, H.; Mei, J., Liu, P; Schmidt, K.; Jiménez-Osés, G.; Osuna, S.; Fang, L.; Tassone, C. J.; Zoombelt, A. P.; Sokolov, A. N.; Houk, K. N.; Toney, M. F.; Bao, Z. Scalable and Selective Dispersion of Semiconducting Arc-Discharged Carbon Nanotubes by Dithiafulvalene/Thiophene Copolymers for Thin Film Transistors, ACSNano, 2013, 7, 2659−2668.
  • Fang, L.; Zhou, Y.; Yao, Y.-X.; Diao, Y.; Appleton, A. L.; Lee, W.-Y.; Allen, R.; Reinspach, J.; Mannsfeld, C. B.; Bao, Z. Side-Chain Engineering of Isoindigo-Containing Conjugated Polymers Using Polystyrene for High-Performance Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Mater. 2013, 25, 4874−4880. (Equal Contribution) Most read article of the month.
  • Fang, L.; Liu, P.; Sveinbjornsson, B. R.; Atahan-Evrenk, S.; Vandewal, K.; Osuna, S.; Jiménez-Osés, G.; Shrestha, S.; Giri, G.; Wei, P.; Salleo, A.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Grubbs, R. H.; Houk, K. N.; Bao, Z. Confined Organization of Fullerene Units along High Polymer Chains, Mater. Chem. C. 2013, 1, 5747−5755.
  • Wang, C.; Cao, D.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A.; Friedman, D. C.; Basu, S.; Dey, S. K.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. Solvent-Dependent Ground-State Distributions in a Donor–Acceptor Redox-Active Bistable [2] Catenane, Phys. Org. Chem. 2012, 25, 544−552.
  • Zhang, W.; DeIonno, E.; Dichtel, W. R.; Fang, L.; Trabolsi, A.; Olsen, J.-C.; Benítez, D.; Heath, J. R.; Stoddart, J. F. A Solid-State Switch Containing An Electrochemically Switchable Bistable Poly[n]rotaxane, Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 1487−1495.
  • Fahrenbach, A. C.; Barnes, J. C.; Li, H.; Benítez, D.; Basuray, A. N.; Fang, L.; Sue, C.-H.; Barin, G.; Dey, S. K.; Goddard, W. A., III; Stoddart, J. F. Measurement of the Ground-State Distributions in Bistable Mechanically Interlocked Molecules Using Slow Scan Rate Cyclic Voltammetry, Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2011, 108, 20416−20421.
  • Fang, L.; Wang, C.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Trabolsi, A.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. Dual Stimulus Switching of a [2]Catenane in Water, Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 1805−1809.