Chenfeng Ke

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University
Newton fellow, University of Bristol
PhD and BS, Nankai University
research interests:
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Solid-state chemistry
  • 3D printing polymer design
  • Porous organic frameworks
  • Carbohydrate recognition
  • Water purifications
  • Chemical separations
  • Hydrogel
  • Stimuli-responsive systems
  • Chemistry under non-equilibrium states
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      The Ke research group aims to mimic the design principles of natural materials and to develop the next generation of artificial materials that possess sophisticated molecular features and hierarchy, multifunctionality, and chemical/mechanical stimuli-responsiveness. My research program is subdivided into three major thrusts:

      Thrust 1 centers on the integration of three-dimensional (3D)-printing techniques with molecular design to develop stimuli-responsive 3D-printing hydrogels for soft robotics and tissue regenerations.

      Thrust 2 weds the concepts of supramolecular self-assembly with crystal engineering to design a new family of porous organic materials with unique elastic properties. These light-weight, durable, and porous scaffolds can be used for water purification and petrochemical separations.

      Thrust 3 aims to develop a Ca2+-dependent carbohydrate binding protein analog (synthetic C-type lectins) to bind mono- and oligo-saccharides.


      Associate Professor, 2024, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis
      Assistant and Associate Professor, 2015-2023, Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College

      Selected Awards

      Scholarly Innovation and Advancement Award, Dartmouth College, 2023

      Top 10% of reviewers for Angewandte Chemie for year 2022, 2023

      Susan and Gib Myers 1964 Faculty Fellowship, Dartmouth College, 2022

      Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement, Dartmouth College, 2022

      American Chemical Society PMSE Young Investigator Award, 2021

      Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry, 2020

      Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2019, the Beckman Foundation