Chuan-Jian Zhong Ph.D.

Zhong, Chuan-Jian
Position Department / Business Unit
Associate Professor Department of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
State University of New York at Binghamton Chemistry Nanostructures
City State / Provence
Binghamton New York
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Our research interests are in the interdisciplinary areas of materials chemistry, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, catalysis, and emerging nanotechnology fields.

The overall direction is the design, fabrication, characterization, and application of novel nanostructured materials, miniaturization strategies and analytical tools for solving real-world problems in chemical or biological sensors, catalysis, micro/nano-electronics, environmental cleanup and biomedical devices. Our current research explores both fundamental and applied aspects in this direction. The most recent projects include: (1) molecularly-engineered nanomaterials with novel sensory, catalytic, optical, magnetic, and electronic functions, (2) microsensor arrays and microfluidic devices, and (3) analytical surface techniques for probing interfacial processes and reaction mechanisms.

In the area of nanostructured materials, we are investigating new strategies and methods for the creation of novel nano-architectures. One approach involves core-shell metal and semiconductor nanoparticles as building blocks. The manipulation of size, shape, surface and interparticle spatial properties leads to novel chemical or biological functions (e.g., catalysts, sensors, bio-probes, etc.). Examples of the technological applications include fuel cells, sensor arrays, biomimetic ion-channels, and molecular recognition. We are also developing novel concepts and components for creating microsensor array and microfluidic devices couple with pattern recognition for the ultimate chip-scale integration and portable applications. The understanding of the interfacial chemistry at extremes of miniaturization has important technological implications in chemical, biological, and biomedical detections.

The development of interfacial techniques and methods to unravel the interfacial processes and reactivities at the nanoscale or molecular levels is an important component of our research. Scanning probe microscopy, surface reflection spectroscopy, electrochemistry and quartz-crystal nanobalance, especially in-situ techniques, are some of our tools for probing chemistry at solid/liquid, liquid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces. The fundamental understanding of the interfacial phenomena and nanoscale chemistry at the molecular level has not only led us to the development of a number of important technologies in designs and fabrications of new functional nanomaterials, but also explorations of important industrial applications of nanoparticles in fuel cell technology and biomedical probes.


Ph.D., Xiamen University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Fritz-Haber Institute, and University of Minnesota

Career Highlights

Associate Scientist, Microanalytical Instrumentation Center, Iowa State University/Ames Laboratory; 3M Faculty Research Award; National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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