Zhigang Shuai received B. Sc. From Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree from Fudan University (Shanghai) in 1989. He worked as postdoc and then as research associate in the University of Mons, Belgium, for 11 years before he became a Hundred-Talent research professor in the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. Since 2008, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University as a Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor.
He was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (2008) and become Vice-President in 2018, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2009), Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (2011), the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium (2013), and the Scientific Board of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (2017). He was the recipient of the National Outstanding Young Investigator‘s Fund (2004), National Talent Program of the Ministry of Personnel (2006), the Chinese Chemical Society – AkzoNobel Chemical Sciences Award (2012), Special Allowance from the People’s Republic of China State Council (2013), and the Franco-Chine Prize of the French Chemical Society (2019).
He was elected to the Executive Council (2011-2014, 2015-2018) and served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Chemical Society (2007-2010, 2011-2014, 2015-2018). He also serves as National Representative to the Chemistry Education Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) (2010-2017) and the Associate Member of IUPAC Division I (Physical Chemistry and Biophysical Chemistry).
He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2016-2019), Acta Chimica Sinica (2012-), and University Chemistry (2016-2017). His research interests focus on the development of computational methodologies for modeling functional materials. He extended the density matrix renormalization group theory for the excited state structures, light-emitting property, and nonlinear optical responses for conjugated polymers. He has devised computational schemes for the luminescence spectra and quantum efficiency, carrier mobility, thermoelectric conversion, and photovoltaic processes in organic/polymeric and layered nanomaterials. He have published over 340 papers in peer-reviewed journals with an h-index=63 and supervised more than 20 PhD theses. He is the Chairman of the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry, Beijing, 2015. His group website is http://www.shuaigroup.net/.