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Liang ZHANG: Continue Walking and Don't Miss Scenery Along Your Way
Date: 2021-10-27
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: Nature, daily-life experiences and literatures gave me the most inspiration during the early stage of my research, you could see how sophisticate the nature systems are and how precise they operate through time. Besides, you could easily find the well-designed topological architectures, symbols around you. These would lead me to think about how to mimic the behaviors of nature systems and how to represent those elegant architectures by chemical ways.  

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: J.-M. Lehn, F. Stoddart, J.-P. Sauvage and David Leigh of course. They taught me how to manage your science in the right way and how to pick up good things from thousands of other things.

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: We don’t need to have the clear destination at the beginning of career, as science is a not a direct way to your destination at most of time, what we need is to continue walking and don’t miss scenery along your way. (From J.-P. Sauvage, but not his original words)

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: 1.Illustrated the philosophies behind the synthetic artificial molecular machines; 
2.Developed the synthetic strategy for the construction of high-order topologically complex molecules;
3.Probed the consequences of topological information on molecules.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: 1. To establish the artificial molecular robotics which have programmable compound functions but not limited to the bio-operational atmosphere. 
2. To bridge the gap between macroscopic topological architectures and molecular level complexes, and understand why nature adapts topological conformation and how they affect the functions.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Creating new things via proper design; 
Discovering unknown / challenging things in other fields through chemistry;
Conveying the knowledge and research experiences to the young students;
Being the witness to the growth of young generation

Q: Would you like to share with us some of your unforgettable experience?
A: Like the first time to meet a Noble Laureate; the first to receive the rejection letter from editorial office; the first time to present research work in the international conferences; argue with people who don't agree with your opinions / results etc.