Tian is professor at East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai. In 1999, he was appointed Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor by the Education Ministry of China. His current research interests include the syntheses of novel functional organic dyes for solar cells and chemosensors as well as development of interdisciplinary materials science that determines the electronic and optical properties of materials. Prof. Tian has already published 418 papers in international journals and applied 90 Chinese patents. ISI Web of Science shows that his publications have been cited over 18,000 times (data by Aug. 28, 2015) and his h-index = 74 (data by Aug 28, 2015). Now Prof. Tian is Co-Editor of Dyes and Pigments and International Advisory Board Member for Chemical Science, Polymer Chemistry, Advanced Optical Materials and Chem. Asia J. He was selected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Science (2011) and a Fellow of TWAS (2013).