Welcome to the research group of Dr. Emory Chan in the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry! Our group synthesizes colloidal nanocrystals as substrates for patterning complex materials. 

The three major thrusts of our group's research are:
  1. Combinatorial nanoscience: Developing  approaches to precisely synthesize large libraries of nano- and mesostructures and to rapidly screen their physical properties.

  2. Upconverting and doped nanoparticles: Engineering dopant compositions and dopant profiles to tune the optical properties of nanomaterials.

  3. Patterning: Patterning energy and materials across assemblies of nanocrystals using biologically inspired strategies.


Recent News

  • 2019/01/17 - HERMAN's high-temperature reactor installed The custom-designed, high-temperature microplate reactor for our HERMAN robot has passed its acceptance test and has been officially installed in HERMAN!  Thanks to Kyle, Duane and Gary at Aslin Automation for making this happen! It's been a long journey, from an intern prototype, a couple robot vendors, and six Aslin prototypes, but we now have a reactor!  Now for the fun part: programming. 
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 1:46 AM by Emory Chan
  • 2019/01/13 - Ayelet & Bella's upconverting nanopartice lifetimes research published in JPCC Ayelet and Bella's manuscript investigating the power-dependent lifetimes and energy transfer networks in upconverting nanoparticles was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.  They show that UCNPs are complex energy transfer networks with collective, robust, non-linear dynamics.  Congrats, Ayelet and Bella! Check out their work here:  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b00161
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 1:43 AM by Emory Chan
  • 2018/12/07 - Haoran bids farewell, heading to Apple It's a sad day as Haoran is departing the Chan group for a new job at Apple. The Chan group feasted on Peking duck at Haoran's going away lunch.  Haoran was the 2nd postdoc in the Chan group, and he is our resident expert on WANDA, HERMAN, and semiconductor quantum dots.  He will be sorely missed!
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 1:38 AM by Emory Chan
  • 2018/11/21 - Andrea Pickel's nanothermometers User research published in Nature Communications UC-Berkeley Users Andrea Pickel and Prof. Chris Dames (along with Ayelet, Emory, and Jim) have published their research on upconverting nanoparticle thermometers in Nature Communications. We sort out the age-old question of whether the lasers used to excite upconverting nanoparticle thermometers change their temperature (***see spoiler below!).  Check the paper out here: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07361-0Congrats, Andrea & co!*** spoilers below ***they dont :)
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 1:33 AM by Emory Chan
  • 2018/11/05 - Xindong Wang joins the group Visiting student and China Scholarship Council fellow Xindong Wang has joined the Chan group on a 1-year stint from Prof. Guanying Chen's group at Harbin Institute of Technology.  Welcome Xindong!
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 1:28 AM by Emory Chan
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