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Eugene Zubarev
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering
 
e-mail:zubarev@rice.edu
 
  • B. S. Chemistry (1993) Moscow State University
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (1997) Russian Academy of Sciences
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemistry
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
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    Websites
     Eugene Zubarev Research
     Zubarev Research Group
     ZubarevResearch Group
     
    Research Areas
     Chemistry of metallic nanocrystals, polymer chemistry, colloidal chemistry, surface chemistry, self-assembly of collagen, catalysis
     

    Chemistry of nanostructured materials

     

    Our research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of colloidal metallic nanostructures. We are mainly interested in self-assembly of these hybrid structures, which may result in emergence of previously unseen physical and chemical properties. Unraveling the mechanisms of molecular self-assembly and establishing its dependence on the chemical structure is the long-term goal of our research. Specifically, there are three ongoing projects in our group: 1) Synthesis of well-defined gold nanorods with various aspect ratios, their covalent functionalization with polymer chains, and the self-organization of nanocrystals into ring-like superstructures using the "breath figures" effect. 2) Synthesis of taxol-functionalized gold nanoparticles, their self-assembly in aqueous solutions, and study of their anticancer and biological activity. 3) Amphiphilic gold, platinum, and palladium nanoparticles, formation of their well-defined aggregates in solution, and their ability to catalyze organic reactions. 

     
    Teaching Areas
     Organic Chemistry
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    1. Dominguez-Medina, S.; Kisley, L.; Tauzin, L. J.; Hoggard, A.; Shuang, B.; Swarnapali, A.; Indrasekara, D. S.; Wang, L.-Y.; Derry, P. J.; Zubarev, E. R.; Landes, C. F.; Link, S. "Adsorption and Unfolding of a Single Protein Triggers Nanoparticle Aggregation." ACS Nano (2015) In Press

     
     

    Cho, J.; Wang, M.; Gonzalez-Lepera, C.; Zubarev, E. R.; Cho, S. "PET-Detectable Bimetallic (Zn@Au) Nanoparticles for Radiotherapy and Molecular Imaging Applications." Med. Phys., 42 (2015) : 3568.

     
     

    Liopo, A.; Wang, S.; Derry, P. J.; Oraevsky, A. A.; Zubarev, E. R. "Seedless Synthesis of Gold Nanorods Using Dopamine as Reducing Agent." RSC Advances, 5 (2015) : 91587-91593.

     
     

    Chantry, R. L.; Atanasov, I.; Siriwatcharapiboon, W.; Khanal, B. P.; Zubarev, E. R.; Horswell, S.

    L.; Johnston, R. L.; Li, Z. Y. "An Atomistic View of the Interfacial Structures of AuRh and AuPd

    Nanorods" Nanoscale 2013, 5, 7452-7457.

     
     

    Nauert, S.; Paul, A.; Zhen, Y.-R.; Solis, D.; Vigderman, L.; Chang, W.-S.; Zubarev, E. R.;

    Nordlander, P.; Link, S. "Influence of Cross Sectional Geometry on Surface Plasmon Polariton

    Propagation in Gold Nanowires" ACS Nano 2014, 8, 572-580.

     
     

    Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R. "High-Yield Synthesis of Gold Nanorods with Longitudinal SPR

    Peak Greater than 1200 nm Using Hydroquinone as a Reducing Agent" Chem. Mater. 2013, 25,

    1450-1457.

     
     

    Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R. "Therapeutic Platforms Based on Gold Nanoparticles and Their

    Covalent Conjugates with Drug Molecules" Adv. Drug Delivery Rev. 2013, 65, 663-676.

     
     

    Yan, Z. J.; Pelton, M.; Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R.; Scherer, N. F. "Why Single-Beam Optical

    Tweezers Trap Gold Nanowires in Three Dimensions" ACS Nano 2013, 7, 8794-8800.

     
     

    Zubarev, E. R. "Nanoparticle Synthesis: Any Way You Want It" Nature Nanotechnology 2013, 8, 396-

    397.

     
     

    A. Paul, D. Solis, Jr., K. Bao, W.-S. Chang, S. Nauert, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, P. Nordlander, and S. Link "Identification of Higher Order Long-Propagation-Length Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes in Chemically Prepared Gold Nanowires." ACS Nano, 6 (2012) : 8105-8113.

     
     

    B. Senyuk, J. S. Evans, P. J. Ackerman. T. Lee, P. Manna, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, J. van de Lagemaat, and I. I. Smalyukh "Shape-Dependent Oriented Trapping and Scaffolding of Plasmonic Nanoparticles by Topological Defects for Self-Assembly of Colloidal Dimers in Liquid Crystals." Nano Lett., 12 (2012) : 955-963.

     
     

    B. Wild, L. Cao, Y. Sun, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev, S. K. Gray, N. F. Scherer, and M. Pelton "Propagation Lengths and Group Velocities of Plasmons in Chemically Synthesized Gold and Silver Nanowires." ACS Nano, 6 (2012) : 472-482.

     
     

    L. Vidgerman, P. Manna, and E. R. Zubarev "Quantitative Replacement of Cetyl Thimethylammonium Bromide by Cationic Thiol Ligands on the Surface of Gold Nanorods and Their Extremely Large Uptake by Cancer Cells." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51 (2012) : 636-641.

     
     

    L. Vigderman and E. R. Zubarev "Starfruit-Shaped Gold Nanorods and Nanowires: Synthesis and SERS Characterization." Langmuir, 28 (2012) : 9034-9040.

     
     

    L. Vigderman, B. P. Khanal and E. R. Zubarev "Functional Gold Nanorods: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Sensing Applications." Adv. Mater., 24 (2012) : 4811-4841.

     
     

    R. A. Alvarez-Puebla, E. R. Zubarev, N. A. Kotov, L. M. Liz-Marzán "Self-assembled nanorod supercrystals for ultrasensitive SERS diagnostics." Nano Today, 7 (2012) : 6-9.

     
     

    Y. Bao, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, and C. Jiang "Robust Multilayer Thin Films Containing Cationic Thiol-Functionalized Gold Nanorods for Tunable Plasmonic Properties." Langmuir, 28 (2012) : 923-930.

     
     

    A. A. Ezhov, G. A. Shandryuk, G. N. Bondarenko, A. S. Merekalov, S. S. Abramchuk, A. M. Shatalova, P. Manna, E. R. Zubarev, and R. V. Talroze "Liquid-Crystalline Polymer Composites with CdS Nanorods: Structure and Optical Properties." Langmuir, 27 (2011) : 13353-13360.

     
     

    C. Singh, Y. Hu. B. P. Khanal. E. R. Zubarev, F. Stellacci and S. C. Glotzer "Striped nanowires and nanorods from mixed SAMS." Nanoscale, 3 (2011) : 3244-3250.

     
     

    P. Swanglap, L. S. Slaughter, W.-S. Chang, B. Willingham, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev, and S. Link "Seeing Double: Coupling between Substrate Image Charges and Collective Plasmon Modes in Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Superstructures." ACS Nano, 5 (2011) : 4892-4901.

     
     

    R. A. Alvarez-Puebla, A. Agarwal, P. Manna, B. P. Khanal, P. Aldeanueva-Potel, E. Carbo-Argibay, N. Pazos-Perez, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, N. A. Kotov, and L. M. Liz-Marzan "Gold nanorods 3D-supercrystals as surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy substrates for the rapid detection of scrambled prions." Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 (2011) : 8157-8161.

     
     

    W.-S. Chang, B. A. Willingham, L. S. Slaughter, B. P. Khanal, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, and S. Link "Low-absorption losses of strongly coupled surface plasmons in nanoparticle assemblies." Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 (2011) : 19879-19884.

     
     

    Critchley, K.; Khanal, B. P.; Gorzny, M. L.; Vigderman, L.; Evans, S. D.; Zubarev, E. R.; Kotov, N. A. "Near-Bulk Conductivity of Gold Nanowires as Nanoscale Interconnects and the Role of Atomically Smooth Interface." Adv. Mater., 22 (2010) : 2338-2342.

     
     

    Khatua, S.; Manna, P.; Chang, W.-S.; Tcherniak, A.; Friedlander, E.; Zubarev, E. R.; Link, S. "Plasmonic Nanoparticles – Liquid Crystal Composites." J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 (2010) : 7251-7257.

     
     

    Slaughter, L. S.; Chang, W.-S.; Swanglap, P.; Tcherniak, A.; Khanal, B. P.; Zubarev, E. R.; Link, S. "Single-Particle Spectroscopy of Gold Nanorods beyond the Quasi-Static Limit: Varying the Width at Constant Aspect Ratio." J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 (2010) : 4934-4938.

     
     

    Solis, D.; Chang, W.-S.; Khanal, B. P.; Bao, K.; Nordlander, P.; Zubarev, E. R.; Link, S. "Bleach Imaged Plasmon Propagation (BlIPP) in Single Gold Nanowires." Nano Lett., 10 (2010) : 3482-3485.

     
     

    Khanal, B. P.; Zubarev, E. R. "Polymer-Functionalized Platinum-On-Gold Bimetallic Nanorods." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48 (2009) : 6888-6891.

     
     

    W.-S. Chang, L. S. Slaughter, B. P. Khanal, P. Manna, E. R. Zubarev, S. Link "One-Dimensional Coupling of Gold Nanoparticle Plasmons in Self-Assembled Ring Superstructures." Nano Lett., 9 (2009) : 1152-1157.

     
     

    B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev "Purification of High-Aspect-Ratio Gold Nanorods: Complete Removal of Platelets." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (2008) : 12634-12635.

     
     

    V. Kozlovskaya, E. Kharlampieva, B. P. Khanal, P. Manna, E. R. Zubarev and V. V. Tsukruk "Ultrathin Layer-by-layer Hydrogels with Incorporated Gold Nanorods as pH-Sensitive Optical Materials." Chem. Mater., 20 (2008) : 7474-7485.

     
     

    B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev "Rings of Nanorods." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46 (2007) : 2195-2198(Inside Cover Article).

     
     

    J. D. Gibson, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev "Paclitaxel-Functionalised Gold Nanoparticles." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129 (2007) : 11653-11661.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, E. D. Sone, S. I. Stupp "The Molecular Basis of Self-Assembly of Dendron-Rod-Coils into One-Dimensional Nanostructures." Chem. - Eur. J., 12 (2006) : 7313-7327.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, J. Xu, A. Sayyad, J. D. Gibson "Amphiphilic Gold Nanoparticles with V-shaped Arms." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) : 4958-4959.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, J. Xu, A. Sayyad, J. D. Gibson "Amphiphilicity-Driven Organization of Nanoparticles into Discrete Assemblies." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) : 15098-15099.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, J. Xu, J. D. Gibson, A. Sayyad "From Small Building Blocks to Complex Molecular Architecture." Org. Lett., 8 (2006) : 1367-1370.

     
     

    K. L. Genson, J. Holzmueller, C. Jiang, J. Xu, J. D. Gibson, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk "Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers of Gold Nanoparticles with Amphiphilic Shells from V-shaped Binary Polymer Arms." Langmuir, 22 (2006) : 7011-7015.

     
     

    E. D. Sone, E. R. Zubarev, S. I. Stupp "Semiconductor Nanohelices Templated by Supramolecular Nanoribbons." Small, 1 (2005) : 694-697.

     
     

    J. C. Stendahl, E. R. Zubarev, M. S. Arnold, M. C. Hersam, H.-J. Sue, S. I. Stupp "Structural Modifications to Polystyrene via Self-Assembling Molecules." Adv. Funct. Mater., 15 (2005) : 487-493.

     
     

    M. C. LeMieux, Y.-H. Lin, P. D. Cuong, H.-S. Ahn, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk "Microtribological and Nanomechanical Properties of Switchable Y-Shaped Amphiphilic Polymer Brushes." Adv. Funct. Mater., 15 (2005) : 1529-1540.

     
     

    Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, H. Shulha, and V. V. Tsukruk "In-situ Observation of Switchable Nanoscale Topography for Y-Shaped Binary Brushes in Fluids." Nano Lett., 5 (2005) : 491-495.

     
     

    J. Xu, E. R. Zubarev "Supramolecular Assemblies of Starlike and V-Shaped PB-PEO Amphiphiles." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43 (2004) : 5491-5496.

     
     

    K. L. Genson, J. Hoffman, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, D. Vaknin, V. V. Tsukruk "Interfacial Micellar Structures from Novel Amphiphilic Star Polymers." Langmuir, 20 (2004) : 9044-9052.

     
     

    D. Julthongpiput, Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk "Y-Shaped Amphiphilic Brushes with Switchable Micellar Surface Structures." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125 (2003) : 15912-15921.

     
     

    D. Julthongpiput, Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk "Y-Shaped Polymer Brushes: Nanoscale Switchable Surfaces." Langmuir, 19 (2003) : 7832-7836.

     
     

    J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of a Heteroarm Star Amphiphile with 12 Alternating Arms and a Well-Defined Core." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125 (2003) : 11840-11841.

     
     

    L. M. Li, E. Beniash, E. R. Zubarev, W. Xiang, B. M. Rabatic, G. Zhang, S. I. Stupp "Assembling a Lasing Hybrid Material with Supramolecular Polymers and Nanocrystals." Nature Materials, 2 (2003) : 689-694.

     
     

    B. J. De Gans, S. Wiegand, E. R. Zubarev, S. I. Stupp "A Light Scattering Study of the Self-Assembly of Dendron Rodcoil Molecules." J. Phys. Chem. B, 106 (2002) : 9730-9736.

     
     

    E. D. Sone, E. R. Zubarev, S. I. Stupp "Semiconductor Nanohelices Templated by Supramolecular Nanoribbons." Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 41 (2002) : 1705-1706.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, M. U. Pralle, E. D. Sone, S. I. Stupp "Scaffolding of Polymers by Supramolecular Nanoribbons." Adv. Mater., 14 (2002) : 198-203.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, S. I. Stupp "Dendron Rodcoils: Synthesis of Novel Organic Hybrid Structures." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124 (2002) : 5762-5773.

     
     

    J. C. Stendahl, L. M. Li, E. R. Zubarev, Y. R. Chen, S. I. Stupp "Toughening of Polymers by Self-Assembling Molecules." Adv. Mater., 14 (2002) : 1540-1543.

     
     

    L. M. Li, E. R. Zubarev, B. A. Acker, S. I. Stupp "Chemical Structure and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Polar Self Assembling Films." Macromolecules, 35 (2002) : 2560-2565.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, M. U. Pralle, E. D. Sone, S. I. Stupp "Self-Assembly of Dendron Rodcoil Molecules into Nanoribbons." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123 (2001) : 4105-4106.

     
     

    J. D. Hartgerink, E. R. Zubarev, S. I. Stupp "Supramolecular One-Dimensional Objects." Curr. Opin. Solid State Mater. Sci., 5 (2001) : 355-361.

     
     

    A. S. Merekalov, J. Berkmans, E. R. Zubarev, N. A. Plate, R. V. Talroze, H. Finkelmann "Pretransitional Phenomena in Acrylate-Based Liquid Crystal Networks." Liq. Cryst., 27 (2000) : 921-927.

     
     

    S. I. Stupp, M. U. Pralle, G. N. Tew, L. M. Li, M. Sayar, E. R. Zubarev "Self-Assembly of Organic Nano-Objects into Functional Materials." MRS Bull., 25 (2000) : 42-48.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, M. U. Pralle, L .M. Li, S. I. Stupp "Conversion of Supramolecular Clusters to Macromolecular Objects." Science, 283 (1999) : 523-526.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev, S. A. Kuptsov, T. I. Yuranova, R. V. Talroze, H. Finkelmann "Monodomain Liquid Crystalline Networks: Reorientation Mechanism from Uniform to Stripe Domains." Liq. Cryst., 26 (1999) : 1531-1540.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Liopo, A. V.; Zubarev, E. R.;* Oraevsky, A. A. "Biocompatible Gold Nanorods for Biomedical Applications and Preclinical Investigations." Nanobiomedicine, 3 (2015) : 189-230.

     
     

    Liopo, A. V.; Zubarev, E. R.; Oraevsky, A. A. "Biocompatible Gold Nanorods for Biomedical Applications." Medical NanobiotechnologyIn Press

     
     

    Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, S. Peleshanko, V. V. Tsukruk "Controlling Selective Adsorption on Patterned Gradient Y-shaped Amphiphilic Brushes." Responsive Polymer Materials: Design And Applications, Ed. S. Minko (2006) : 272 p.

     
     Book reviews
     

    E. R. Zubarev "Book Review: Templates in Chemistry II. Current Topics in Chemistry 249." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) : 5586-5587.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev "Functional Molecular Nanostructures. Topics in Current Chemistry, 245 Ed. A. Dieter Schluter." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005) : 12747-12748.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    E. R. Zubarev "Hybrid Supramolecular Assemblies." PMSE Preprints, 94 (2006) : 189-190.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev "Mesoscopic Arrays of Gold Nanostructures." Polymer Preprints, 47 (2006) : 875-876.

     
     

    E. R. Zubarev "Supramolecular Assemblies Based on Y-shaped Amphiphiles." Polym. Preprints, 46 (2005) : 1161.

     
     

    Y.-H. Lin, M. C. LeMieux, E. R. Zubarev, H. Shulha, V. V. Tsukruk "Switchable Y-shaped Brushes and Nanomechanical Properties in Selective Fluids." Polym. Preprints, 46 (2005) : 95.

     
     Other
     

    Gibson, J. D.; Zubarev, E. R. "Therapeutic Compositions and Methods for Delivery of Active Agents Cleavably Linked to Nanoparticles." US Patent 9,138,418 (2015)

     
     

    Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R. "High-Yield Synthesis of Gold Nanorods with Optical Absorption at Wavelengths Greater than 1000 nm Using Hydroquinone." US Patent 8,956,440 (2015)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    "Evaporative Self-Assembly as a Powerful Tool for Creating Functional Superstructures." EPFL. (05/12/2015)

     
     

    "Evaporative Self-Assembly as a Powerful Tool for Creating Functional Superstructures." Cornell University. (02/26/2015)

     
     

    "Evaporative Self-Assembly as a Powerful Tool for Creating Functional Superstructures." University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (04/02/2015)

     
     

    "Evaporative Self-Assembly as a Powerful Tool for Creating Functional Superstructures." University of Houston. (09/25/2015)

     
     

    "Evaporative Self-Assembly of Collagen into Periodic Networks." Max Planck Institute, Potsdam. (06/14/2015)

     
     

    "Self-Assembly of Gold Nanostructures." University of Massachusetts. (04/16/2015)

     
     

    "3Covalently-Functionalized Gold Nanostructures for Biological Applications" 2014 Fall MRS Meeting, Boston, MA. 

     

     
     

    "3D Anisotropic Supercrystals of Gold Nanorods" 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis,

    IN. September 8, 2013.

     
     

    "Wet Chemistry Reversible Synthesis of Well-Defined Gold Nanowires and Their Self-

    Assembly into Periodic Networks" 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. September

    10, 2013.

     
     

    "Complete characterization, cytotoxicity, and cell uptake of a functionalized gold nanorod." 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, Colorado. (August 28-31, 2011) With L. Vigderman

     
     

    "Covalent Functionalization of Gold Nanostructures and their Biological Applications." ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (03/21/2010)

     
     

    "Self-Assembly of Gold Nanowires." Pacifichem 2010, Honolulu, HI. (12/15/2010)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of One-Dimensional Gold Nanostructures." Department of Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. (January 12, 2009)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Asssembly of Gold Nanorods and Nanowires." 2009 Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (September, 2009)

     
     

    "Self-Assembly of Hybrid Nanocrystals." 235th National Meeting, The American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (April 7, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Functional Gold Nanostructures." 60th Southeastern Regional Meeting, The American Chemical Society, Nashville, Tennessee. (November 14, 2008)

     
     

    "One-Dimensional Self-Assembly of Triblock Molecules." Schlumberger Inc., Sugar Land, TX. (February 2007)

     
     

    "Polymer-functionalized gold nanorods and their self-organization into ring-like arrays." 234th ACS Meeting, Boston, MA. (August 2007)

     
     

    "Self-assembly of hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures." 233rd ACS Meeting, Chicago, IL. (March 2007)

     
     

    "Synthesis and polymer functionalization of metallic and bimetallic nanorods." 233rd ACS Meeting, Chicago, IL. (March 2007)

     
     

    "Formation of Ringlike Superstructures from Gold Nanorods." Laboratory for Nanophotonic, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 2006)

     
     

    "Formation of Ringlike Superstructures from Gold Nanorods." Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 2006)

     
     

    "Hybrid Supramolecular assemblies." 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (March 27, 2006)

     
     

    "Mesoscopic Arrays of Gold Nanostructures." 232nd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (September 11, 2006)

     
     

    "Mesoscopic Assemblies of Hybrid Polymer Shell - Gold Core Nanostructures." 62nd ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, Houston, TX. (October 20, 2006)

     
     

    "Nano-Gold: The New Generation of Catalysts." Rice Alliance - 5th Annual Nanotechnology Venture Forum, Rice University. (January 20th, 2006)

     
     

    "Synthesis of Paclitaxel-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles." Alliance for Nanohealth, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (July 2006)

     
     

    "Synthesis of Paclitaxel-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles." Physical Organic Chemistry NSF Workshop, Ontario, CA. (October 27th, 2006)

     
     

    "Amphiphilicity-Driven Organization of Metallic Nanoparticles." National Science Foundation Nanotechnology Workshop, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Bridging the Gap of Mesoscale: From Individual Molecules and Nanoparticles to Functional Ensembles and Microcrystals." Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI. (December 2005)

     
     

    "Supramolecular Assemblies Based on Y-Shaped Amphiphiles." American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC. (September 2005)

     
     

    "Supramolecular Assemblies of Hybrid Amphiphilic Structures." Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI. (December 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Synthesis of Taxol-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles." National Science Foundation Workshop in Physical Organic Chemistry, Lake Arrowhead, California. (October 2006)

     
     Panelist
     

    "CAREER of Solid State and Materials Chemistry Program." National Science Foundation Review Panel, Arlington, Virginia. (October 15, 2009)

     
     Posters
     

    "Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles with Amphiphilic Y-shaped Arms." Gordon Research Conferences, Polymer East, South Hadley, MA. (June 2005)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. (10/25/2010)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Amphiphilic Molecules and Hybrid Nanostructures." Department of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. (May 15, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Amphiphilic Molecules and Hybrid Nanostructures." Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California. (May 16, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Amphiphilic Molecules and Hybrid Nanostructures." Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. (May 1, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Amphiphilic Molecules and Hybrid Nanostructures." Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, California. (February 22, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Core-Shell Hybrid Nanomaterials." Department of Materials Science, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. (January 21, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Gold Nanocrystals." Department of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. (January 18, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of One-Dimensional Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (April 11, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, Dallas, Texas. (January 29, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (January 25, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. (February 21, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Nanocrystals." Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, New York. (March 25, 2008)

     
     

    "Synthesis of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanostructures and Their Amphiphilicity-Driven Self-Organization." Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 29, 2008)

     
     

    "Zero- and One-Dimensional Hybrid Nanocrystals: Synthesis and Self-Assembly." Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (November 17, 2008)

     
     

    "Zero- and One-Dimensional Hybrid Nanocrystals: Synthesis and Self-Assembly." Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (April 10, 2008)

     
     

    "Self-Organization of Core-Shell Hybrid Nanomaterials." University of Massachusetts, Amhest, MA. (September 2007)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. (November 2007)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. (October 2007)

     
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Organization of Hybrid Gold Nanocrystals." University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. (October 2007)

     
     Session Chair
     

    "Synthesis and Self-Assembly of One-Dimensional Gold Nanostructures." ACS Nantional Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (03/22/2010)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Bishnu Khanal, PhD Gold Nanorods: Synthesis, Structural Manipulation, and Self-Assembly. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Jacob D. Gibson, PhD The Development of Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates for the Intracellular Delivery of Paclitaxel. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Pramit Manna, Ph.D. Surface Modification and Self-Assembly of Gold Nanostructures. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Leonid Vigderman, PhD High-Yield Synthesis and Applications of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles. (2013) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award , Humboldt Foundation, Germany (03/26/2015)

     NSF Special Creativity Award, National Science Foundation (August 15, 2014)

     Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2008)

     John L. Margrave Innovation and Excellence Award, Rice University (2008)

     Norman and Gene Hackerman Junior Chaired Professorship, Rice University (2008)

     Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2008-2010)

     Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER), National Science Foundation (2006-2011)

     Norman Hackerman - Welch Young Investigator Award, Welch Foundation (2005-2008)