Yue Zhao was born in China and received his BSc in 1982 from Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now Sichuan University). He went to France in 1983 for graduate studies with a scholarship awarded by the French government. He studied at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI) under the supervision of Lucien Monnerie. After obtaining his PhD in 1987, he came to Canada for postdoctoral studies with Robert Prud’homme at the Université Laval. He started his academic career in 1991 as assistant professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, and became associate professor in 1995 and full professor in 2000. He has been a Chang Jiang Scholar at Sichuan University from 2007–2010. Zhao’s main research interests are the development of stimuli-responsive polymers and the exploration of their potential applications. Among his contributions, his pioneering work on photocontrollable block copolymer micelles has generated much interest in using light as a remote trigger to control self-assembled polymer nanostructures. His group has also developed robust ways to make a wide range of CO2-switchable polymers easily accessible. He has published over 150 papers in highly ranked journals and edited a book on azobenzene-containing polymers and liquid crystals.
Université de Sherbrooke