• Teaching Students the Power of Evaporation

    CUNY undergraduates and high school scientists worked with Professor Xi Chen to develop learning kits based on his evaporation energy harvesting technique. [...]

  • Researchers Create Molecules with Strong Anti-Zika Virus Potential

    The finding might also have application in developing anti-parasite, anti-cancer and antibacterial treatments New York, April 4, 2019 – The Zika virus is widely known for causing microcephaly and other brain defects in the fetuses of pregnant, infected women. Currently, there are no approved antiviral therapies specifically designed to treat Zika, but researchers at theRead More [...]

  • New Paper Provides Design Principles for Disease-Sensing Nanomaterials


  • Researchers Develop a New Self-Assembling Nanomaterial that Offers a Promising Pathway to More Efficient, Affordable Harnessing of Solar Power

    The materials produce a singlet fission reaction that creates more and extends the life of harvestable electronic charges NEW YORK, January 24, 2019 – Solar rays are a plentiful, clean source of energy that is becoming increasingly important as the world works to shift away from power sources that contribute to global warming. But currentRead More [...]

  • Nature Chemistry Cover Features Breakthrough ASRC Nanomaterials Research

    Our bodies are busy places. Neurons fire constantly. Cells glean energy from food, and our immune systems ward off intruders. Each reaction or change is triggered by a biochemical signal. When this intricate communication system breaks down, so can crucial functions — from immunity to mobility. Materials chemists are now working to create synthetic materialsRead More [...]

  • ASRC Researcher Receives U.S. Navy Award to Advance Evaporation Energy Harvesting

    Xi Chen, an assistant professor with the Nanoscience Initiative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), was awarded a $558,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to explore and develop water-responsive materials for evaporation-energy harvesting techniques that were pioneered by his team at the ASRC and The City College of New YorkRead More [...]

  • Scientists Create Nanomaterials that Reconfigure in Response to Biochemical Signals

    A newly published paper in Nature Chemistry details how a research team lead by scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative are developing self-assembling electronic nanomaterials that can respond to biochemical signals for potential therapeutic use. NEW YORK, April 30, 2018  — Biological cells have the complex and miraculous ability to reconfigure andRead More [...]

  • Scientists develop new tool for imprinting biochips

    The new technology could allow researchers to fit more biochemical probes onto a single biochip and reduce the cost of screening and analyzing changes associated with disease development, detecting bioterrorism agents, and other areas of research NEW YORK, (March 8, 2018) -- 3-D printing has gained popularity in recent years as a means for creating aRead More [...]

  • Scientists Discover Process for Transitioning Two-Layer Graphene into a Diamond-Hard Material on Impact

    The innovation could enable development of a range of flexible, impenetrable materials capable of protecting the body and fragile objects NEW YORK, (Dec. 18, 2017) — Imagine a material as flexible and lightweight as foil that becomes stiff and hard enough to stop a bullet on impact. In a newly published paper in Nature Nanotechnology, researchersRead More [...]

  • Professor Xi Chen, of the ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative, Invited to Future Leaders Program at the Science and Technology in Society Forum

    Assistant Professor Xi Chen, a faculty member in the ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative, participated in the the 14th Annual Meeting of Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, held from September 30 to October 3 in Kyoto, Japan. Chen, who is also an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The City College ofRead More [...]

  • Rein Ulijn Featured on Science Friday Podcast Discussing His Recent Research on Melanin

    Melanin produced by your body isn’t something you can change at will. But a group of researchers with the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative have developed a melanin-like substance that can be tuned to different shades—darker or lighter—to confer UV protection. [...]

  • Scientists Develop Molecular Code for Melanin-Like Materials

    These innovative materials could enable the development of a range of new cosmetic, skin care and biomedical products NEW YORK, (June 8, 2017) – Scientists have long known that melanin—the pigments that give color to skin, hair and eyes—has numerous useful qualities, including providing protection from cancer-causing UV radiation and free radicals, but also electronic conductance,Read More [...]

  • Shawkey, He and Bishop featured at Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials symposium

    International leaders in biomimicry at the nanoscale were featured at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center Nanoscience Initiative’s Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials symposium on Tuesday, February 21. Matthew D. Shawkey of Ghent University, Ximin He of the University of California, Los Angeles and Kyle Bishop of Columbia University were among the speakers at the event, which drewRead More [...]

  • Braunschweig research named amongst “Cutting Edge Chemistry of 2016”

    Research conducted by Adam Braunschweig—Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry with the CUNY ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative and Hunter College—was recently featured in Chemistry World’s “Cutting Edge Chemistry of 2016”. “Adam's 4D printing technology provides a remarkably versatile tool for patterning polymers with variable chemical content and function at the nanoscale,” said Rein Ulijn, CUNY ASRC NanoscienceRead More [...]

  • Nanoscience Initiative Postdoc named Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

    Developing life-like nanotechnology based on biology’s building blocks forms the core of Rein V. Ulijn’s research with the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative, and a new addition to his lab aims to assess the relevance and roles of simple biomolecules in the chemical origins of life. Ankit Jain, who recently joined Ulijn’s labRead More [...]

  • Xi Chen named 2016 Blavatnik Regional Award Finalist

    NEW YORK—Xi Chen, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering with the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC) and The City College of New York, has been named a 2016 Blavatnik Regional Award Finalist in Physical Sciences and Engineering. He will accept the award—consisting of $10,000 in unrestricted funds and a medal—atRead More [...]

  • Survival of the fittest in materials discovery

    Research led by Rein Ulijn, Director of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC)’s Nanoscience Initiative and Professor of Chemistry at Hunter College, has paved the way for the development of dynamically-evolving polymers that form spontaneously by adapting to their environment, which may lead to a number of product possibilities including drug delivery, food scienceRead More [...]

  • Discovery of novel drug candidates boosted by new tunable gels

    A team led by CUNY ASRC Nanoscience Initiative Director Rein V. Ulijn and Professor Mathew Dalby of the University of Glasgow has developed gels with tunable properties that mimic the nanofibrous structure and mechanical properties of biological tissue. These gels can be used to monitor stem cell differentiation and allow for the identification of moleculesRead More [...]

  • Braunschweig, Chen join Nanoscience Initiative team

    The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative completed its faculty roster with the hiring of Adam Braunschweig and Xi Chen this June. Braunschweig and Chen join Initiative Director Rein V. Ulijn and Professors Elisa Riedo, Tai-De Li, Jacob Trevino and Tong Wang at the ASRC as the Nanoscience Initiative now completes its faculty andRead More [...]

  • Bio|Nano|Med conference draws 120 to CUNY ASRC

    Joanna Aizenberg, David L. Kaplan, Joel Schneider and Rui L. Ruis were amongst the keynote speakers featured at the Bio|Nano|Med conference, organized by the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative on June 23 and 24 in the ASRC Auditorium. The event, the latest in the initiative’s Nanoscience NY series, highlighted groundbreaking research in aRead More [...]

  • CUNY ASRC Physics Professor’s research featured on cover of Nature Nanotechnology

    Research on the design of fully reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns whose properties and functionality can be programmed and reprogrammed on-demand conducted by CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Professor Dr. Elisa Riedo and collaborators in Milan is featured on the June 2016 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. The paper—led in tandem with Riccardo Bertacco, a professor withRead More [...]

  • Riedo leads novel study on designing reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns

    A team of international scientists led by researchers of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) and the Politecnico of Milan in Italy has demonstrated a novel approach for designing fully reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns whose properties and functionality can be programmed and reprogrammed on-demand. The method—published in Nature Nanotechnology and led by Elisa Riedo, ProfessorRead More [...]

  • Tunable Peptide Emulsifiers Discovered

    Emulsions, the stabilized mixtures of oil and water are the basis of many food and personal care products such as spreads, creams, and pastes. Each product has different requirements and there is a need for emulsifiers that can be tuned, or tailored but are also biocompatible and biodegradable. Now, Dr. Rein V. Ulijn is amongRead More [...]

  • Riedo, Meriles lead study on Nanoscale Thermal Measurements in Nature Communications

    A team co-led by Dr. Elisa Riedo, a professor with the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s (ASRC) Nanoscience Initiative, recently published a study on nanoscale thermal measurements in Nature Communications. The study, "Imaging thermal conductivity with nanoscale resolution using a scanning spin probe", reported on a versatile platform for nanoscale quantitative thermal measurements based onRead More [...]

  • Lee Cronin and Sam Stupp among highlights of ASRC Nanoscience Initiative’s Active & Adaptive Materials symposium

    The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Nanoscience Initiative hosted its latest iteration of the Nanoscience NY series, Active & Adaptive Materials, on October 22 and 23. Featuring an international group of speakers, including Dr. Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow, Dr. David G. Lynn of Emory University, Dr. Jan van Esch from DelftRead More [...]

  • ASRC Nanoscience Director awarded over $1 million in grants by US Air Force

    The Air Force Office for Scientific Research (AFoSR) has awarded Dr. Rein V. Ulijn, Director of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative, over one million dollars in support of his research of nanostructures and materials. “Receipt of these highly competitive grants provides evidence of Rein Ulijn’s exceptional work as a scientist with aRead More [...]

  • ASRC Professor’s study of forces between one atom thick layers published in Nature Materials

    Dr. Elisa Riedo, Professor of Physics at the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), and a team of international scientists recently investigated the interaction between atomically thin layers in two-dimensional materials, the study of which appeared in June in Nature Materials magazine. “Researchers are seeking to understand two-dimensional materials because ofRead More [...]

  • Company co-founded by ASRC Nanoscience Director incorporates in United States

    A biomaterials company begun by CUNY Advanced Science Research Center Nanoscience Initiative Director Dr. Rein Ulijn recently announced plans to expand its New York offices after receiving Series A funding. Biogelx Ltd., based at BioCity Scotland, has received an injection of nearly a million dollars (£630,000) from Scottish Investment Bank, Jonathan Loredo of Peak CapitalRead More [...]

  • Nanoscience Initiative hosts over 100 at Soft Nano Symposium

    The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) hosted the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative’s Soft Nano Symposium on June 18th. Scientists from The City University of New York (CUNY), New York University, Columbia University and other research institutions on the East Coast presented their latest research to the more than 100 attendees hailing from across the country.Read More [...]

  • Elisa Riedo newest faculty member with CUNY ASRC’s Nanoscience Initiative

    The City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) has appointed Dr. Elisa Riedo as Professor of Physics within the Nanoscience Initiative. Riedo, who will also hold a professorship at the department of physics at The City College of New York, specializes in fundamental and applied aspects of nanoscale experimental science. She isRead More [...]

  • CUNY ASRC names Tong Wang as Imaging Facility Manager

    The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center recently named Tong Wang, PhD, as the manager of its Imaging Facility. Wang, who joined the ASRC from Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, specializes in multi-dimensional nanomaterial fabrication and characterization. He also has research interests in bio-inspired artificial molecular assemblies at nanometer scale, DNA nanostructure-based stimuli-responsive targeted drugRead More [...]

  • Soft Nano symposium on Thursday, June 18th at CUNY ASRC

    The Nanoscience Initiative of The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) has announced the latest in a series of events, which will focus on Soft Nano, at 9am on Thursday, June 18th at the ASRC. Researchers from the Northeast corridor will present their research on soft nanoscale materials and there will be poster sessions andRead More [...]

  • CUNY ASRC welcomes World Science Festival Apprentices to its Nanoscience facilities

    The City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) played host to a group of elementary school students in its Nanoscience Initiative facilities on Saturday, May 30. In conjunction with the World Science Festival, faculty and graduate students including Rein Ulijn, Director of the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative at the ASRC gave the participantsRead More [...]

  • Nanoscience NY announced! Feb 19th 2015

    The Nanoscience Initiative of The City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center have announced their first in a series of events. Nanoscience NY is a one-day free symposium for researchers in the NYC area being held on Feb 19th 2015, 9.00 am - 19.00 pm. This day will include a number of invitedRead More [...]

  • Researchers Discover New Family of Simple Peptide that Form Stable Hydrogels

    Published in Nature Chemistry (New York, Dec. 9, 2014) _ New research has led to the discovery of a method that for the first time can help identify peptides that form simple, usable hydrogels. The study, published in Nature Chemistry, describes the new family of gels that can potentially be used in foods, cosmetics andRead More [...]

  • ASRC Nanoscience researchers discover new peptide gels

    Peptides are the building blocks of living systems and they have tremendous potential as building blocks for new materials.  The function of peptides is dictated by a chemical alphabet of 20 letters in specific sequence.  The number of possible sequences is huge, so it is not possible to test them all, which has limited theRead More [...]

  • Dr. Seogjoo Jang of Queen’s College publishes new paper in Physical Review Letters

    Dr. Jang's latest paper, Generalized Master Equation with Non-Markovian Multichromophoric Förster Resonance Energy Transfer for Modular Exciton Densities, was published on October 31st 2014 in Physical Review Letters. Read his latest article here. [...]

  • Nanoscientists move into the new ASRC building

    After a decade of planning, the ASRC building has been completed. Today, the first researchers of the Nanoscience Initiative, under direction of Dr Rein Ulijn, have moved into the building. [...]

  • Postdoc positions available in ASRC

    Two postdoctoral research associate positions are available in ASRC Nanoscience Initiative in the area of biomolecular nanotechnology in the research group of Rein Ulijn. [...]

  • Postdoc positions available in ASRC

    Two postdoctoral research associate positions are available in ASRC Nanoscience Initiative in the area of biomolecular nanotechnology in the research group of Rein Ulijn. We are looking to complement our team with enthusiastic, highly motivated researchers with a proven track record of research achievement at the highest level in a relevant area of nanoscience. ForRead More [...]

  • Rein Ulijn To Head ASRC Nanoscience Initiative

    Rein Ulijn, a renowned nanochemist who has been one of Europe’s rising young research stars over the past decade, has been appointed the founding director of the nanoscience initiative of CUNY’s new Advanced Science Research Center. [...]