Highlights of Recent Research Activities


Self-assembly of nanostructures are of both fundamental and technological interest as the well-defined ensembles display the collective properties that are different from those of individual units and bulk materials with the same chemical composition. My research therefore is focused on the synthesis of new classes of nanostructures and mesostructures, with an emphasis on developing new synthetic approaches and understanding the fundamental issues of structural assembly and crystal growth. I am interested in several physicochemical properties in optics, biosensor, catalyst, as well as mechanics which can be widely and easily tuned by adjusting their composition, size, shape, crystal structure, and configuration of assembly. Specifically, my research topics include: