Nanoscience Initiative

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 the […]

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 current […]

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 materials […]

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 York […]

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 and […]

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 a […]

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, researchers […]

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 of […]