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Chuan-Jian Zhong

- Professor, Analytical & Materials Chemistry, Electrochemistry, .Catalysis, Nanotechnology


Department of Chemistry
State University of New York at Binghamton
Binghamton, NY 13902

Phone: 607 777 4605; Fax: 607 777 4478


Ph.D., Xiamen University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Fritz-Haber Institute, and University of Minnesota; Associate Scientist, Microanalytical Instrumentation Center, Iowa State University/Ames Laboratory; 3M Faculty Research Award; National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


Our research interests are in the interdisciplinary areas of materials, analytical, electrochemistry, catalysis, and emerging nanotechnology fields. The overall direction is the design, fabrication, characterization, and application of novel nanostructured materials and strategies for addressing challenging issues in chemical/biological sensors, catalysis, biomedical devices, and energy and environment. Our current research explores both fundamental and applied aspects in this general direction. The most recent projects explore molecularly-engineered nanomaterials with novel sensing, catalytic, optical, magnetic, and electronic functions, and probe the mechanistic details of chemistry and biochemistry at surfaces and interfaces.

One example of our approaches involves exploration of core-shell nanoparticles as building blocks towards functional nanostructures. The manipulation of size, shape, surface and interparticle spatial properties leads to novel chemical/biological functions, e.g., catalysts, sensors, and bio-probes for specific binding events of proteins, DNAs, and amino acids. 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 design and fabrication of nanoparticles and nanomaterials, but also the exploration of their industrial applications in microsensor technology, fuel cell technology and biomedical probes.

  1. L. Yang, S. Shan, R. Loukrakpam, V. Petkov, Y. Ren, B. Wanjala, M. Engelhard, J. Luo, J. Yin, Y. Chen, C.J. Zhong, "Role of support-nanoalloy interactions in the atomic-scale structural and chemical ordering for tuning catalytic sites", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 15048-15060.

  2. V. Petkov, B. N. Wanjala, R. Loukrakpam, J. Luo, L. Yang, C.J. Zhong, S. Shastri, "Pt-Au Alloying at the Nanoscale", Nano Letts., 2012, 12, 4289-4299.

  3. J. Yin, B. Fang, J. Luo, B. Wanjala, R. D. Mott, Loukrakpam, M. S. Ng, Z. Li, J. Hong, M. S. Whittingham, C.J. Zhong, "Nanoscale Alloying Effect of Gold-Platinum Nanoparticles as Cathode Catalysts on the Performance of a Rechargeable Lithium-Oxygen Battery", Nanotechnology, 2012, 23, 305404.

  4. Wanjala, B; Fang, B; Loukrakpam, R; Chen, Y; Engelhard, M; Luo, J; Yin, J; Yang, L; Shan, S; Zhong, C.J. "Role of Metal Coordination Structures in Enhancement of Electrocatalytic Activity of Ternary Nanoalloys for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", ACS Catalysis, 2012, 2, 795-806.

  5. E. Crew, M.A. Tessel, S. Rahman, A. Razzak-Jaffar, D. Mott, M. Kamundi, G. Yu, N. Tchah, J. Lee, M. Bellavia, C. J.Zhong, "MicroRNA Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles and Cell Transfection", Anal. Chem., 2012, 34, 26-29.

  6. B. Wanjala, B. Fang, J. Luo, Y. Chen, J. Yin, M. Engelhard, R. Loukrakpam, C.J. Zhong, "Correlation between Atomic Coordination Structure and Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity for Trimetallic Alloy Catalysts", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 12714-12727.

  7. L. Wang, J. Luo, S. Shan, E. Crew, J. Yin, Wallek, S. Wong, C.J. Zhong, "Bacterial inactivation using silver-coated magnetic nanoparticles as functional antimicrobial agents", Anal. Chem., 2011, 83, 8688-8695.

  8. J. Yin, P. Hu, J. Luo, L. Wang, M. F. Cohen, C. J. Zhong, "Molecularly-Mediated Thin Film Assembly of Nanoparticles on Flexible Devices: Electrical Conductivity vs. Device Strains in Different Gas/Vapor Environment", ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 6516-6526.

  9. J. Yin, P. Hu, B. Wanjala, O. Malis, C.J. Zhong, "Harnessing Molecule-Solid Duality of Nanoclusters and Nanoparticles towards Sizing, Shaping and Alloying", Chem Comm, 2011, 47, 9885-9887.

  10. R. Loukrakpam, B. N. Wanjala, J. Yin, B. Fang, J. Luo, M. Shao, L. Protsailo, T. Kawamura, Y. Chen, V.Petkov, C. J. Zhong, "Structural and Electrocatalytic Properties of Nanoengineered PtIrCo Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", ACS Catalysis, 2011, 1, 562 - 572.

  11. L. Wang, X. Wang, J. Luo, B.N. Wanjala, C. Wang, N. Chernova, M. H. Engelhard, I.-T. Bae, Y. Liu, C. J. Zhong. "Core-Shell Structured Ternary Magnetic Nanocubes", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 17686-17689.

  12. B. Wanjala, J. Luo, R. Loukrakpam, P. N. Njoki, D. Mott, C. J. Zhong, M. Shao, L. Protsailo, T. Kawamura, "Thermal Treatment of PtNiCo Electroatalysts: Effects of Nanoscale Strain and Structure on Activity and Stability for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", J. Phys. Chem., C. 2010, 114, 17580-17590.

  13. B. Fang, B. N. Wanjala, X. Hu, J. Last, R. Loukrakpam, J. Yin, J. Luo, C. J. Zhong, "PEM Fuel Cells with Nanoengineered AuPt Catalysts at the Cathode". J. Power Sources, 2011, 196, 659-665.

  14. B. N. Wanjala, J. Luo, R. Loukrakpam, D. Mott, P. N. Njoki, B. Fang, M. Engelhard, H. R. Naslund, J. K. Wu, L. Wang, O. Malis, C.J. Zhong, "Nanoscale Alloying, Phase-Segregation, and Core-Shell Evolution of Gold-Platinum Nanoparticles and Their Electrocatalytic Effect on Oxygen Reduction Reaction". Chem. Mater., 2010, 22, 4282-4294.

  15. C. J. Zhong, J. Luo, B. Fang, B. Wanjala, P. Njoki, R. Loukrakpam, J. Yin, "Nanostructured Catalysts in Fuel Cells", Nanotechnology, 2010, 21, 062001.

  16. L. Wang, J. Luo, M. J. Schadt, C.J. Zhong, "Thin Film Assemblies of Molecularly-Linked Metal Nanoparticles and Multifunctional Properties", Langmuir, 2010, 26, 618-632 (Cover Page for This Issue).

  17. L. Wang, J. Luo, J. Yin, H. Zhang, J. Wu, X. Shi, E. Crew, Z. Xu, Q. Rendeng, S. Lu, M. Poliks, B. Sammakia , C.J. Zhong, "Flexible Chemiresistor Sensors: Thin Film Assemblies of Nanoparticles on Polyethylene Terephthalate Substrate", J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 907-915

  18. S. Lim, C.J. Zhong, "Molecularly-Mediated Processing and Assembly of Nanoparticles: Exploring the Interparticle Interactions and Structures", Acc. Chem. Res., 2009, 42, 798-808.

  19. S. Lim , D. Mott, M. Engelhard, Y. Pan, S. Kamodia, J. Luo, P. N. Njoki, S. Zhou, L. Wang, C.J. Zhong, "Interparticle Chiral Recognition of Enantiomers: A Nanoparticle-Based Regulation Strategy", Anal. Chem., 2009, 81, 689-698.

  20. I-I. S. Lim, U. Chandrachud, L. Wang, S. Gal, C.J. Zhong, "Assembly-Disassembly of DNAs and Gold Nanoparticles: A Strategy of Intervention Based on Oligonucleotides and Restriction Enzymes", Anal. Chem., 2008, 80, 6038-6044.

  21. J. Luo, L.Y. Wang, D. Mott, P.N. Njoki, Y. Lin, T. He, Z. Xu, B. Wanjala, S. I-Im Lim, C.J. Zhong, "Core@Shell Nanoparticles as Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Reactions", Adv. Mater., 2008, 20, 4342-4347.

  22. S. Lim, C. Vaiana, Z. Zhang, Y. Zhang, D. L. An, C. J. Zhong, "X-Shaped Rigid Arylethynes to Mediate the Assembly of Nanoparticles", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 5368-5369.

  23. L. Wang, X. Shi, N. N. Kariuki, M. Schadt, G. R. Wang, Q. Rendeng, J. Choi, J. Luo, S. Lu, C. J. Zhong, "Array of Molecularly-Mediated Thin Film Assemblies of Nanoparticles: Correlation of Vapor Sensing with Interparticle Spatial Properties", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 2161-2170.

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