• Jianyuan (Jason) Zhang
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Synopsis: Using synthetic and supramolecular approaches to control metal ions and clusters and the nanoscale for functional quantum materials and biomedical applications.
  • Phone: (848) 445-2603




Precise structural control is critical for nanoscale designers to harness the optical, electrical, magnetic, chemical and biological properties of nanomaterials and nanomedicines. Our research will focus on applying organic and polymer chemistry to construct bottom-up assemblies of metal ions, clusters and inorganic nanoparticles.

We aim to develop systemic designs for functional group bearing templates to host inorganic matter, and thereby achieve different organic-inorganic composite systems. These new nanocomposites will take advantage of the rest of the periodic table and have a significant impact as functional materials in information technology, energy harvesting, electronic device fabrication or biomedicines, and also represent systemic solution to control the nanostructures of inorganic matter.


Selected Publications

Zhang J.; Santos P. J.; Gabrys P. A.; Lee S.; Liu C.; Macfarlane R. J.: Self-assembling Nanocomposite Tectons. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 16228.

Zhang, J.; Li C.-Z.; Williams S. T.; Liu, S.; Zhao T.; Jen A. K.-Y.: Crystalline Co-assemblies of Functional Fullerenes in Methanol with Enhanced Charge Transport. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 2167.

Zhang, J.; Ye, Y.; Chen, Y.; Pregot, C.; Li, T.; Balasubramaniam, S.; Hobart, D. B.; Zhang, Y.; Wi, S.; Davis, R. M.; Madsen, L. A.; Morris, J. R.; LaConte, S. M.; Yee G. T.; Dorn, H. C.: Gd3N@C84(OH)x: A New Egg-Shaped Metallofullerene Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agent. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 2630.

Zhang, J.; Bowles, F. L.; Bearden, D. W.; Ray, W. K.; Fuhrer, T.; Ye, Y.; Dixon, C.; Harich, K.; Helm, R. F.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L.; Dorn, H. C.: A Missing Link in the Transformation from Asymmetric to Symmetric Metallofullerene Cages Implying a Top-down Fullerene Formation Mechanism. Nature Chem. 2013, 5, 880.

Zhang, J.; Fuhrer, T.; Fu, W.; Ge, J.; Bearden, D. W.; Dallas, J.; Duchamp, J.; Walker, K.; Champion, H.; Azurmendi, H.; Harich, K.; Dorn, H. C.: Nanoscale Fullerene Compression of an Yttrium Carbide Cluster. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 8487.

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