Lab News

March 5, 2018. Our paper on "Phase behaviors of colloidal analogues of bent-core liquid crystals" is accepted for publication in Science Advances.  Congratulations to Yang and all the co-authors!!!

March 2, 2018.
Our paper on "Cooperative assembly of magneto-nanovesicles with tunable wall thickness and permeability for MRI-guided drug delivery" is accepted for publication in JACS.  Congratulations to Kuiun and all the co-authors!!!

February 1, 2018. Our collaborative paper on "Nanomagnetic-mediated drug delivery for the treatment of dental disease" is accepted for publication in Nanomedicine. Congratulations to Xiaoying!!!

January 25, 2018. Our paper on "Immobilized seed-mediated growth of two-dimensional array of metallic nanocrystals with asymmetric shapes" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano.  Congratulations to Mari and all the co-authors!

December 1, 2017. Shaoyi successfully passed her dissertation defense today.  Congratulations to Shaoyi!!!

December 1, 2017. Our collaboratie paper on "Macroscopic Assembly of Gold Nanorods into Superstructures with Controllable Orientations by Anisotropic Affinity Interaction" is accepted for publication in Langmuir.  Congratulations!

November 7, 2017. Maria successfully passed her dissertation defense today.  Congratulations to Maria!!!

September 28, 2017. Our collaborative paper on "2D Gold Nanorings Enhance Tumor Uptake and Suppress Nanoparticle-Mononuclear Phagocyte System Interaction" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano.  Congratulations to Yijing and all the co-authors!!!

September 4, 2017.
Our paper on "Synthesis of circular and triangular gold nanorings with tunable optical properties" is accepted for publication in Chem. Comm. as a communication. Congratulations to Xiaoying and all the co-authors!!!

March 27, 2017. Our paper on "Reprogrammable ultra-fast shape-transformation of macroporous composited hydrogel sheets" is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. B. Congratulations to Hongyu and all the co-authors!!!

March 23, 2017. Dr. Nie is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, for his contributions to polymeric and colloidal materials research, and for his dedication to student training, teaching and outreach. 

January 31, 2017. Our invited revdiew paper on "Self-assembly of Hairy Inorganic Nanoparticles" is accepted for publication in Acc. Chem. Res.  Congratulations to Chenglin and all the co-authors!!!

January 28, 2017. Our collaborative paper on "An enzyme-free signal amplification technique for ultrasensitive colorimetric assay of disease biomarkers" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano.  Congratulations to Kuikun and all the co-authors!!!

January 1, 2017. Our collaborative paper on "Self-assembled lipoprotein-based gold nanoparticles for detection and photothermal disaggregation of β-amyloid aggregates" is accepted for publication in Chem. Comm. as a communication. Congratulations!

December 23, 2016. Our paper on "Synthesis and liquid crystal behavior of bent silica rods" is accepted for publication in JACS as a Communication. Congratulations to Yang and all the co-authors!!!

September 8, 2016. Our paper on "Magneto-Plasmonic Janus Vesicles for Magnetic Field-Enhanced Photoacoustic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Tumor" is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Yijing and all the co-authors!!!

May 6, 2016. Our paper on "Collapsed Polymer-directed Synthesis of Multicomponent Coaxial-like Nanostructures" is accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Zhiqi and all the co-authors!!!

May 5, 2016. Our artwork about "Synthesis of platinum nanotubes and nanorings via simultaneous metal alloying and etchin" is selected as cover page for JACS. Good job!!!

April 25, 2016. Marcus received this year's "Gary & Sue Christian Graduate Award". This award is given annually to a graduate student in the Department who has achieved excellence in academics and/or research. Congratulations to Marcus!!!

April 25, 2016. Kyle and Xiaoying were awarded the Summer Dean's Fellowship from the department. Congratulations to Kyle and Xiaoying!!!

April 4, 2016. Our paper on "Synthesis of platinum nanotubes and nanorings via simultaneous metal alloying and etching" is accepted for publication in JACS as a Communication. Congratulations to Zhiqi and all the co-authors!!!

March 25, 2016. Kuikun won the First Prize on the Poster Competition on the Mid-Atlantc Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA) Symposium today. Congratulations to Kuikun!!!

Feb 6, 2016. Our collaborative paper on "Giant soft-memory in liquid crystal nanocomposites" is accepted for publication in APL as a Communication. Congratulations to Ravi!

 

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Dr. Zhihong Nie has relocated from University of Maryland College Park to Fudan University in China as a full-time faculty. Please visit our new group website at: www.nielab.com.

Thank you for your visit and continuous support!

 

Welcome to Materials and Microfluidics Research Group!

Our mission is to develop new strategies/concepts for  the synthesis and design of new nano- and micro-structured materials with advanced applications. We conduct fundamental and applied research at the intersection of  science, engineering, biology, and medicine.

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We aim at: (a) the synthesis, fabrication, and self-assembly of functional nanostructures for the development of renewable energy, for chemical sensing, and so on; (b) the study of biomineralization, and bioinspired/biomimetic nanocomposite materials with structural hierarchy; (c) the exploration of microfluidics and nanofluidics for chemical synthesis, biological study, and medical diagnostics.

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Selected Publications

  1. Z.Q. Huang, Y.J. Liu, Q. Zhang, X.X. Chang, A. Li, L. Deng, C.L. Yi, Y. Yang, N.M. Khashab, J.L. Gong*, and Z.H. Nie*, Collapsed polymer-directed synthesis of multicomponent coaxial-like nanostructures, Nat. Commun. 2016, Accepted.
  2. Z.Q. Huang, D. Raciti, L.Deng, C.L. Yi, Y.J. Liu, Q. Zhang, L. Zhang, N.M. Khashab, C. Wang, J.L. Gong*, and Z.H. Nie*, Synthesis of platinum nanotubes and nanorings via simultaneous metal alloying and etching, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b01328) (Selected as Cover Page). .
  3. Y. Yang, G.D. Chen, L. Martinez-Miranda, K. Liu,* and Z.H. Nie*, Synthesis and liquid crystal behavior of bent silica rods, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 68−71.
  4. Y.J. Liu, J. He, K.K. Yang, C.L. Yi, Y. Liu, L.M. Nie, N. M. Khashab, X.Y. Chen*, Z.H. Nie*, Folding up gold nanoparticle into vesicles for photoacoustic imaging, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, ASAP (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201508616) (Featured as VIP article).
  5. K. Song, P. Huang, C.L. Yi, B. Ning, S. Hu, L.M. Nie, X.Y. Chen,* Z.H Nie*, Colorimetric and Photoacoustic Imaging for Latent Fingerprints Visualization, ACS Nano, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05629.
  6. Y.J. Liu, Y.C. Li, J. He, K. Duelge, Z.Y. Lu*, Z.H. Nie*, Entropy-driven Pattern Formation of Hybrid Vesicular Assemblies Made from Molecular and Nanoparticle Amphiphile, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/ja412172f).
  7. P. Huang, J. Lin, W.W. Li, P.F. Rong, Z. Wang, S.J. Wang, X.P. Wang, X.L. Sun, M. Aronova, G. Niu, R.D. Leapman, Z.H. Nie*, X.Y. Chen*, Biodegradable Gold Nanovesicles with Ultra-strong Plasmonic Coupling Effect for Photoacoustic Imaging-Guided Photothermal Therapy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2013, 52, 13958–13964.
  8. J. Lin, S.J. Wang, P. Huang, Z. Wang, S.H. Chen, G. Niu, W.W. Li, J. He, D.X. Cui, G. M. Lu, X.Y. Chen*, Z.H. Nie*, Photosensitizer-loaded gold vesicles with strong plasmonic coupling effect for imaging-guided photothermal/photodynamic therapy, ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 5320–5329
  9. J. He, X.L. Huang, Y.C. Li, Y.J. Liu, T. Babu, M.A. Aronova, S.J. Wang, Z.Y. Lu,* X.Y. Chen,* Z.H. Nie*, Self-assembly of amphiphilic plasmonic micelle-like nanoparticles in selective solvents, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 7974–7984.
  10. Z. L. Wu, M. Moshe, J. Greener, H. Therien-Aubin, Z.H. Nie*, E. Sharon*, E. Kumacheva*, Three-dimensional Shape Transformations of Hydrogel Sheets Induced by Small-Scale Modulation of Internal Stresses, Nature Communications, 2013, 4, 1586.
  11. H. Thérien-Aubin, Z.L. Wu, Z.H. Nie*, E. Kumacheva*, Multiple shape transformations of composite hydrogel sheets, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 4834-4839.
  12. J. He, Z. J. Wei, L. Wang, Z. Tomova, T. Babu#, C. Y. Wang, X. J. Han, J.T. Fourkas, Z.H. Nie*, Hydrodynamically driven self-assembly of giant vesicles of metal nanoparticles for remotely triggered release, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2463-2468.
  13. J. He, Y.J. Liu, T. Babu, Z.J. Wei, Z.H. Nie*, Self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticle vesicles and tubules driven by tethered linear block copolymers, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 11342−11345.
  14. J. He, M. T. Perez, Y.J. Liu, P. Zhang, J.L. Gong*, Z.H. Nie*, A general approach to synthesize asymmetric hybrid nanoparticles by interfacial reactions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 3639−3642.
  15. J. He, B.Y. Yu, M. J. Hourwitz#, Y.J. Liu, M. T. Perez, J.  Yang, Z.H. Nie*,Wet-chemical synthesis of amphiphilic rodlike silica particles and their molecular-mimetic assembly in selective solvents, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 3628 –3633.

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Three-dimensional reconstruction of nanoparticle vesicles composed of a single layer of highly ordered gold nanoparticles in the membrane using tomographic TEM (diameter of gold nanoparticles: 15 nm).

 

DPD simulation of the time-dependent self-assembly of nanoparticles grafted with amphiphilic block copolymers into hollow plasmonic vesicles.

 

The use of assembled plasmonic vesicles for photoacoustic imaging of tumors in mice.

 

Near-infrared (NIR) light triggered burst release of encapsulated molecules from giant vesicles composed of a single layer of gold nanorods in the membrane (black: vesicles; white: NIR light spot; size of giant vesicles: ~2,000 nm).

Reversible shape transformation of 2D hydrogel sheets into 3D helical structure.

 

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