Tianlai was born in Zhuzhou, China. He obtained his BS degree in Materials Science under Prof. Yongtao Li’s supervision from Anhui University of Technology in 2018. Then he joined Prof. Jiaheng Zhang’s group as a research assistant focusing on natural organic compounds for lithium & sodium ion batteries at Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen). In October 2019, Tianlai started his master in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Rachel O’Reilly and Prof. Andrew P. Dove at the University of Birmingham. His project is focus on nanoparticle engineering using crystallization driven self assembly.