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October 30, 2014. Dr. Nie was selected for the CMNS Outstanding Junior Faculty Award by board of visitors. "...Dr. Nie has interdisciplinary projects spanning colloidal and polymer science, computer modeling, nanochemistry and biomedical engineering. His nanoparticle synthesis and discovery program has created new materials with demonstrated potential for transformative applications...". Dr. Nie will receive a plaque from the Board and a cash prize. Congratulations!!

October 20, 2014. Yijing received the Merit Fellowship for Student Travel from our University. This prestigious award will allow him to attend any conferences. Congratulations!!

August 30, 2014. Our paper on "Hybrid Hydrogel Sheets that Undergo Pre-Programmed Shape Transformations" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations to Zengjiang and Jasmin!!!

July 29, 2014. Our paper on "pH Dependent Catalytic Activities of Platinum Nanoparticles with Respect to the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide and Scavenging of Superoxide and Singlet Oxygen" is accepted for publication in Nanosacle. Congratulations to Yi!!!

July 10, 2014. Our paper on "Harnessing the Collective Properties of Nanoparticle Ensembles for Cancer Theranostics" is accepted for publication in Nano Research. Congratulations to Yi!!!

June 25, 2014. Maria received the 2014 Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Travel Award from Division of Graduate Education at the NSF and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). This award will allow her to conduct research at Centre Interdisciplinarie de Nanoscience de Marseille in France. Congratulations, Maria!!

April 18, 2014. Ravi was awarded the 2014 Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship from our Graduate School. This fellowship is designed to provide support to doctoral students at “mid-career. Congratulations, Ravi!!

April 15, 2014. Our collaborative paper on "Spontaneous organization of inorganic nanoparticles into nanovesicles triggered by UV light" is accepted for publication in Advanced Materials. Congratulations to Maria!

April 9, 2014. Yijing was awarded the 2014 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. This award is intended to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation. Congratulations, Yijing!!

April 2, 2014. Marcus received the 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowshipg. This prestigious award provides annual stipend support for three years towards his PhD study. Congratulations to Marcus!!!

Mar 12, 2014. Dr. Nie received the 2014 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. This award (including unrestricted funds to support the research program) is offered annually to junior faculty in the U.S.  based on academic leadership potential and relevance to 3M’s core mission. Congratulations!!

Feb 27, 2014. Yijing received the Goldhaber Travel Award for attending upcoming ACS Meeting. Congratulations to Yijing!!!

Feb 26, 2014. Ravi and Maria received the CSW Student Travel Award for attending upcoming ACS Meeting. Congratulations to Ravi and Maria!!!

Jan 22, 2014. Our paper on "Entropy-driven Pattern Formation of Hybrid Vesicular Assemblies Made from Molecular and Nanoparticle Amphiphile" is accepted for publication in JACS. Congratulations to Yijing, Jie, and Kaleb!!!

Jan 15, 2014. Ravi received the prestigious Green Fund Fellowship for Collaborative Research on Environment from University of Maryland. Congratulations!!!

Dec. 5, 2013. Dr. Yi Liu joined the group as a Joint Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Yin group at FDA! Dr. Zixing Shi joined the group as a Visiting Researcher! Welcome, Yi and Zixing!!!

Nov. 18, 2013. Our collaborative paper on "Biodegradable Gold Nanovesicles with Ultra-strong Plasmonic Coupling Effect for Photoacoustic Imaging-Guided Photothermal Therapy" is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Congratulations to Jing!

Nov. 18, 2013. Our review article on "From Nature to Synthetic Systems: Shape Transformation in Soft Materials" is accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry B as one contribution to the 2014 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue! Congratulations to Ravi!

Sept. 16, 2013. Dr. Ben Liu joined the group as a Postdoctoral Researcher! Welcome, Ben!

Sept. 10, 2013. Our paper on "Vesicular self-assembly of colloidal amphiphiles in microfluidics" is accepted to publish in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Congratulations to Jie and Lei!

Aug. 10, 2013. Dr. Yang Yang joined the group as a Joint Postdoctoral Researcher! Welcome, Yang!

Aug. 01, 2013. Dr. Wan-Kyu Oh received the prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship by National Research Foundation of Korea, 2013. He is one of the 14 fellows in the national-wise Dvision of Engineering this year. Congratulations!!!

June 19, 2013. Our collaborative paper on "In Situ Plasmonic Counter for Polymerization of Gold Nanorods in Solution" is accepted to publish in ACS Nano! Congratulations!

June 19, 2013. Our paper on "Autonomous Self-Healing of Poly(Acrylic Acid) Hydrogels Induced by the Migration of Ferric ions" is accepted to publish in Polymer Chemistry! Congratulations to Zengjiang, Jie and Tony!

May 23, 2013. Our paper on "Photosensitizer-loaded gold vesicles with strong plasmonic coupling effect for imaging-guided photothermal/photodynamic therapy" is accepted to publish in ACS Nano! Congratulations to Jing and Jie!

May 21, 2013. Dr. Nie received ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award. Congratulations!!!

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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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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).

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).

Selected Publications

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Z.J. Wei, J. He, T. Liang (high school student), H. Oh, J. Athas, Z. Tong, C.Y. Wang* and Z.H. Nie*, Autonomous self-healing of poly (acrylic acid) hydrogels induced by the migration of metal ions, Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 4, 4601-4605. (Polymer Chemistry's Top 10 most-read rticles for Q3 2013).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. K. Liu, Z.H. Nie, N.N. Zhao, et al. Step-growth polymerization of inorganic nanoparticles, Science 2010, 329, 197-200.
  13. Z.H. Nie, A. Petukhova, E. Kumacheva, Properties and emerging applications of self-assembled structures made from inorganic nanoparticles, Nat. Nanotech. 2010, 5, 15-25.
  14. Z.H. Nie, E. Kumacheva,Patterning surfaces with functional polymers, Nat. Mater. 2008, 7, 277-290.
  15. Z.H. Nie, D. Fava, et al. Self-assembly of metal-polymer analogues of amphiphilic triblock copolymers, Nat. Mater. 2007, 6, 609-614.

 

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