2018​​

  • September 12, 2018. Our paper on "Synthesis and Assembly of Colloidal Cuboids with Tunable Shape Biaxiality" is accepted for publication in Nat. Commun. Congratulations to Yang and coauhors!!! Good job!

  • August 30, 2018. Our paper on "Shape-shifting composite hydrogel sheet with spatially patterned plasmonic nanoparticles" is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. B. Congratulations to Hongyu and coauhors!!!

  • August 1, 2018. Our collaborative paper on "Glutathione Responsive Self Assembled Magnetic Gold Nanowreath for Enhanced Tumor Imaging and Imaging-Guided Photothermal Therapy" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations to Yijing and coauthors!

  • ​​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!!! 
  
  

     2017​​

  • 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!
  

     2016​​

  • 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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     2015​​

  • November 19, 2015. Maria was selected as one of the semi-finalists of the very competitive Presidential Management Fellowship  (PMF). Congratulations to Maria!!!

  • November 19, 2015. Our paper on "Gold nanoparticle strings wrap up into plasmonic vesicles for enhanced photoacoustic imaging" is featured as a VIP paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed..Congratulations to Yijing and all the co-authors!!!

  • November 16, 2015. Our paper on "Light-triggered Generation of Multifunctional Gas-Filled Capsules On-demand" is accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry. Congratulations to Lei, Jianying and all the co-authors!!!

  • November 4, 2015. Our paper on "Photoacoustic and Colorimetric Visualization of Latent Fingerprints" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations to Kai and Chenglin!!!

  • October 29, 2015. Our paper on "Self-assembly of Shaped Nanoparticles into Free-standing 2D and 3D Superlattices" is accepted for publication in Small. Congratulations to Weikun and all the co-authors!!!

  • October 21, 2015. Our paper on "Formation of hybrid core-shell microgels induced by autonomous unidirectional migration of nanoparticles" is accepted for publication in Materials Horizons. Congratulations to Jianying, Kai, and all the co-authors!!!

  • October 10, 2015. Our paper on "Gold nanoparticle strings wrap up into plasmonic vesicles for enhanced photoacoustic imaging" is accepted for publication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Yijing, Jie and all the co-authors!!!

  • August 11, 2015. Our paper on "Platinum Nanoparticles: Efficient and Stable Catechol Oxidase Mimetics" is accepted for publication in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. Congratulations to Yi!!!

  • July 7, 2015. Our paper on "“Two-Step" Raman Imaging-Guided Chemo-Photothermal Cancer Therapy" is accepted for publication in Chemistry-A European Journal!!!

  • April 30, 2015. Our paper on "Continuous Microfluidic Self-Assembly of Hybrid Janus-Like Vesicular Motors: Autonomous Propulsion and Controlled Release" is accepted for publication in Small. Congratulations to Lei and Yijing!!!

  • April 9, 2015. Maria won the 2nd place  for research project oral presentation on the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID), as well as $425 travel award to attend national conferences.  
  

     2014

  • December 21, 2014. Our paper on "Self-assembly of Amphiphilic Block Copolymer-tethered Nanoparticles: A New Approach to Nanoscale Design of Functional Materials" is accepted for publication in Macromol. Rapid Comm. Congratulations to Yi and Yijing!!!

  • December 2014. Our paper on "Concurrent Self-assembly of Amphiphiles into Nanoarchitectures with Increasing Complexity" is accepted for publication in Nano Today. Congratulations to Yijing and Ben!!!

  • 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. 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. The 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!!!

     2013

  • 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!

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

  • August 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 Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) Doctoral New Investigator Award. Congratulations!!!

  • May 21, 2013. Jie has accpeted a Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position at the University of Connecticut with a starting date of January, 2014. Congratulations to Jie!!!

  • May 03, 2013. Our paper on "Self-assembly of amphiphilic plasmonic micelle-like nanoparticles in selective solvents" is accepted to publish in JACS! Congratulations to Jie, Yijing and Taarika!

  • Mar. 31, 2013. Our collaborative JACS on "Multiple Shape Transformations of Composite Hydrogel Sheets" is Highlighted in C&EN News: Hydrogels Takes Multiple Shapes!

  • Mar. 06, 2013. Our collaborative work on "Multiple Shape Transformations of Composite Hydrogel Sheets" is accepted to publish in JACS! Congratulations!!

  • Mar. 03, 2013. Our collaborative work on "A simple route to improve inorganic nanoparticles loading efficiency in block copolymer micelles" is accepted to publish in Macromolecules!

  • Mar 01, 2013. Dr. Wan-Kyu Oh joined the group as a Postdoctoral Researcher! Welcome!

  • Feb. 25, 2013. Our collaborative work on "Ordering of gold nanorods in confined space by directed assembly" is accepted to publish in Macromolecules! Congratulations to Weikun, Peng, Jie and Taarika!!

  • Feb. 12, 2013. Congratulations to Taylor on receiving the prestigious LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Great job, Taylor!

  • Jan. 15, 2013. Chenglin joined the group as a visiting graduate student! Welcome!

  • Jan. 01, 2013. Our invited review article on "Asymmetric polymer-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles: synthesis and applications" is accepted to publish in Nanoscale! Congratulations to all coauthors!

     2012

  • Dec. 28, 2012. Our collaborative work on "Three-dimensional Shape Transformations of Hydrogel Sheets Induced by Small-Scale Modulation of Internal Stresses" is accepted to publish in Nature Communications! Congratulations!

  • Dec. 21, 2012. Our paper on "Hydrodynamic-driven self-assembly of giant vesicles of metal nanoparticles for remotely triggered release" is accepted to publish in Angew. Chem.! Congratulations to Jie, Zengjiang and Taarika!

  • Dec. 11, 2012. Our paper on "Ultrasound assisted interfacial synthesis of gold nanocones" is accepted to publish in Chem. Comm.! Congratulations to Peng and Jie!

  • Dec. 1, 2012. Taylor, Shaoyi, and Matt joined the group as graduate students! Lei joined the group as a visiting graduate student! Welcome!!!
  • Nov 28, 2012. Dr. Nie was awarded NSF CAREER Award! Congratulations!!!

  • Nov 2, 2012. Our paper on "Near-infrared light-responsive vesicles of Au nanoflowers" is accepted to publish in Chem. Comm.! Congratulations to Jie, Peng and Taarika!

  • August 12, 2012. Our paper on "Engineering of polarized tubular structures in a microfluidic device to study calcium phosphate stone formation" is accepted to publish in Lab Chip! Congratulations to Zengjiang!

  • July 2, 2012. Our paper on "Self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticle vesicles and tubules driven by tethered linear block copolymers" is accepted to publish in JACS! Congratulations to Jie, Yijing, Taarika, and Zengjiang!

  • May 08, 2012. Our Chem. Comm.paper on "Facile synthesis of functional Au nanopatchies and nanocups"has been selected as Front Cover Page and Hot Article! Great job!

  • May 04, 2012. Our paper on "Facile synthesis of functional Au nanopatchies and nanocups" is accepted to publish in Chem. Comm.! Congratulations to Jie, Peng, and coauthors!

  • May 01, 2012. Congratulations to Nicole on receiving the KAIST nanotechnology summer research Fellowship! Have an outstanding summer there!!!

  • March 30, 2012. Congratulations to Maria on receiving the prestigious NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Terrific job!!!

  • March 7, 2012. Our recent JACS paper was listed as one of the Top 20 most downloaded articles for Feb 2012.

  • Feb 8, 2012. Our paper on "A general approach to synthesize asymmetric hybrid nanoparticles by interfacial reactions" is accepted to publish in JACS! Congratulations to Jie and coauthors!

  • Feb 1, 2012. Our paper on "Wet-chemical synthesis of amphiphilic rodlike silica particles and their molecular-mimetic assembly in selective solvents" is accepted to publish in Angew. Chem.! Congratulations to Jie and coauthors!

     2011

  • Dec 1, 2011. Dr. Nie received Research and Scholarship Award for Summer 2012 from College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, UMD!

  • Oct 12, 2011. Mr. Zengjiang Wei joined the group as a visiting graduate student. Welcome, Zengjiang!

  • Sep. 30, 2011. Our paper on "One-pot facile synthesis of Janus particles with tailored shape and functionality" is accepted to publish in Chem. Comm.! Congratulations to Jie and co-authors!

  • June 1, 2011. Taarika was selected as a Beckman Scholar. This very prestigious award will fund her research in this group for 15 months. Congratulations, Taarika!

  • June 1, 2011. Matt received $2000 MSP summer research grant to support his research in this group. Congratulations, Matt!

  • January 3, 2011. Ms. Maria Teresa Perez joined the group as a new graduate student. Welcome, Maria!

  • January 3, 2011. Mr. Yijing Liu joined the group as a new graduate student. Welcome, Yijing!

  • Instruments will be located in the labs soon.

  • January 3, 2011. Dr. Nie joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland!