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  1. Juyeong Kim,* Xiaohui Song,* Fei Ji, Binbin Luo, Nicole F. Ice, Qipeng Liu, Qiao Zhang and Qian Chen*, “Polymorphic assembly from beveled gold triangular nanoprisms,” Nano Letters 17 (5), pp 3270–3275 (2017). [LINK] [PDF]

    Highlighted “Playing with Nanoparticle Legos: Polymorphism in Nanoantenna Arrays”. Read the full news article here.

  1. Binbin Luo,* John W. Smith,* Zihao Ou and Qian Chen*, “Quantifying the self-assembly behavior of anisotropic nanoparticles using liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy,” Accounts of Chemical Research 50 (5), pp 1125–1133 (2017). [LINK] [PDF] – Selected to highlight by @ACSPublications. Click here for details.

  1. Kristin M. Hutchins, Chih-Yi Lee, Binbin Luo, Qian Chen and Jeffrey S. Moore*, “Effects of cross-linking density on interfacial polymerization and scaffold Formation in functionalized polymer beads,” Industrial & Engineering Chemical Research 56 (16), 4883–4886 (2017). [LINK] [PDF]

  1. Xingchen Ye, Matthew R. Jones, Layne B. Frechette, Qian Chen, Alexander S. Powers, Peter Ercius, Gabriel Dunn, Grant M. Rotskoff, Son C. Nguyen, Vivekananda P. Adiga, Alex Zettl, Eran Rabani, Phillip L. Geissler, and A. Paul Alivisatos, “Single-particle mapping of nonequilibrium nanocrystal transformations,” Science 354, 874-877 (2016). [LINK] [PDF]

  1. Juyeong Kim, Matthew R. Jones, Zihao Ou, Qian Chen*, “In Situ Electron Microscopy Imaging and Quantitative Structural Modulation of Nanoparticle Superlattices,” ACS Nano 10 (11), 9801–9808 (2016). [LINK] [PDF] – Selected to highlight and interview by ACSNano Podcast. Listen to us about this work (Episode 112 here).


  1. Huicheng Hu, Fei Ji, Yong Xu, Jiaqi Yu, Qipeng Liu, Lei Chen, Qian Chen, Peng Wen, Yeshayahu Lifshitz, Yan Wang, Qiao Zhang and Shuit-Tong Lee, “Reversible and Precise Self-Assembly of Janus Metal-Organosilica Nanoparticles through a Linker-Free Approach,” ACS Nano 10 (8), 7323–7330 (2016). [LINK] [PDF]

Prior to UIUC

  1. Jungwon Park, Hans Elmlund, Peter Ercius, Jong Min Yuk, David T. Limmer, Qian Chen, Kwanpyo Kim, Sang Hoon Han, David A. Weitz, Alex Zettl, and A. Paul Alivisatos, “3D structure of individual nanocrystals in solution by electron microscopy,” Science 349, 290-295 (2015). [LINK] [PDF]
  1. Yingjie Zhang, Qian Chen, A. Paul Alivisatos, Miquel Salmeron, “Charge carrier trapping dynamics in quantum dot field effect transistors,” Nano Letters 15, 4657-4663 (2015). [LINK] [PDF]
  1. Somin E. Lee, Qian Chen, Ramray Bhat, Shayne Petkiewicz, Jessica M. Smith, Vivian E Ferry, A. Paul Alivisatos, Mina J. Bissell, “Reversible aptamer-Au plasmon rulers for secreted single molecules,” Nano Letters 15, 4564-4570 (2015). [LINK] [PDF]
  1. Qian Chen*, Hoduk Cho*, Karthish Manthiram, Mark Yoshida, Xingchen Ye, A. Paul Alivisatos, “Interaction potentials of anisotropic nanocrystals from the trajectory sampling of particle motion using in situ liquid phase transmission electron microscopy,” ACS Central Science1, 33-39 (2015). [LINK] [PDFHighlights by Kyle J. M. Bishop, “Nanoscale self-assembly: seeing is understanding”, ACS Central Science 1, 16-17 (2015). [LINK] [PDF]
  1. Kundan Chaudhary, Jaime J. Juárez, Qian Chen, Steve Granick, Jennifer A. Lewis, “Reconfigurable assemblies of Janus rods in AC electric fields,” Soft Matter 10, 1320-1324 (2014). [LINK] [PDF]
  2. Qian Chen, Jessica M. Smith, Jungwon Park, Kwanpyo Kim, Davy Ho, Haider I. Rasool, Alex Zettl, A. Paul Alivisatos, “3D motion of DNA-Au nanoconjugates in graphene liquid cell EM,” Nano Letters 13, 4556-4561 (2013). [LINK] [PDF]
  3. Xiaoming Mao, Qian Chen, Steve Granick, “Entropy favours open colloidal lattices,” Nature Materials 12, 217-222 (2013). [LINK] [PDFNews & views by Michael E. Cates, “Patchy colloids: entropy stabilizes open crystals,” Nature Materials 12, 179-180 (2013). [LINK] [PDF]
  4. Qian Chen, Jing Yan, Jie Zhang, Sung Chul Bae, Steve Granick, “Janus and multiblock colloidal particles,” Invited feature article for Langmuir 28, 13555-13561 (2012). [LINK] [PDF]
  5. Kundan Chaudhary, Qian Chen, Jaime J. Juárez, Steve Granick, Jennifer A. Lewis, “Janus colloidal matchsticks,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 12901-12903 (2012). [LINK] [PDF]
  6. Qian Chen, Sung Chul Bae, Steve Granick, “Staged self-assembly of colloidal metastructures,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 11080-11083 (2012). [LINK] [PDF]
  7. Qian Chen, Erich Diesel, Jonathan K. Whitmer, Sung Chul Bae, Erik Luijten, Steve Granick, “Triblock colloids for directed self-assembly,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 133, 7725-7727 (2011). [LINK] [PDF]
  8. Qian Chen, Sung Chul Bae, Steve Granick, “Directed self-assembly of a colloidal kagome lattice,” Nature 469, 381-384 (2011). [LINK] [PDFNews & views by Flavio Romano and Francesco Sciortino, “Colloidal self-assembly: patchy from the bottom up,” Nature Materials 10, 171-173 (2011). [LINK] [PDF]
  9. Qian Chen, Jonathan Whitmer, Shan Jiang, Sung Chul Bae, Erik Luijten, Steve Granick, “Supracolloidal reaction kinetics of Janus spheres,” Science 331, 199-202 (2011). [LINK][PDF]
  10. Shan Jiang, Qian Chen, Mukta Tripathy, Erik Luijten, Kenneth S. Schweizer, Steve Granick, “Janus particle synthesis and assembly,” Advanced Materials 22, 1060-1071 (2010). [LINK] [PDF]
  11. Steve Granick, Shan Jiang, Qian Chen, “Janus particles,” Physics Today 62, 68-69 (2009). [LINK] [PDF]
  12. Shan Jiang, Mitchell J. Schultz, Qian Chen, Jeffrey S. Moore, Steve Granick, “Solvent-free synthesis of Janus colloidal particles,” Langmuir 24, 10073-10077 (2008). [LINK] [PDF]
  13. Nana Zhao, Yang Wei, Nijuan Sun, Qian Chen, Jingwei Bai, Longping Zhou, Yao Qin, Meixian Li and Limin Qi, “Controlled synthesis of gold nanobelts and nanocombs in aqueous mixed surfactant solutions,” Langmuir 24, 991-998 (2008). Most-cited Langmuir articles published in 2008. [LINK] [PDF]