Nanoscience Initiative

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 […]

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, […]

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 drew […]

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 Nanoscience […]

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 lab […]

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—at […]

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 science […]

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 molecules […]

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 and […]