Seminar"Directional Bonding of Inorganic Nanoparticles Like Atoms"Zhihong Nie


Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 15:00




Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics (Shen) Unit would like to invite you to the seminar by Prof. Zhihong Nie on April 4 (Thursday).
Date:   April 4, 2024
Time:  15:00-16:00
Venue: C209, OIST


Zhihong Nie
State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers
Fudan University, China


Directional Bonding of Inorganic Nanoparticles Like Atoms


Molecules are the most important building blocks of matter. They exhibit astonishing precision in the arrangement of atoms and are capable of assembling into functional structures with high complexity and diverse functions. The ability to organize organic or inorganic nanoparticles into molecular-like nanostructures holds great promises to manipulate matter at nanoscale scale and to exploit the emergent optical, electronic, or magnetic properties of nanoparticle ensembles. The anchoring of polymer ligands onto nanoparticle surfaces offers a powerful route to direct the self-assembly of nanoparticles into precisely defined structures. In this talk, I will present our efforts to the design of functional nanoscale colloidal molecules through the directional bonding of polymer-grafted nanoparticles, as well as the development of new materials and devices (e.g., metasurfaces and metamaterials) from these nanoscale molecules and polymers.


Zhihong Nie is a Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Department of Macromolecular Science at Fudan University, and a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Toronto in 2008. After a two-year NSERC Postdoctoral experience with George M. Whitesides at Harvard University, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2017. He is the recipient of the NSFC for Distinguished Young Scholars, NSF CAREER Award, 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, etc. His research interests include microfluidics, molecular and nanoparticle self-assembly, and biomedical imaging and delivery.

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