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Welcome to the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative, New York City’s newest, state-of-the-art research center for cross-disciplinary nanoscience. Enabled through major investment in laboratory infrastructure and already attracting world class researchers,  the ASRC Nanoscience Initiative is set to transform research opportunities in nanoscience across CUNY and New York City. Please contact us if you would like to know more.


The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, located in Manhattan, brings the nation’s largest urban public university to a landmark moment in its decade-long, multibillion-dollar commitment to innovative science. The $350-million, 200,000-square-foot world-class center will focus CUNY initiatives in five dynamic fields of applied science: Nanotechnology, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. >

  • New peptide gels discovered

    December 8, 2014

    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 the […]

  • ASRC Town Hall Meeting, Nov 20th 2014, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

    November 13, 2014

    The ASRC is opening its doors to CUNY faculty and staff on Thursday Nov 20th 2014. Please remember to register for your place at the ASRC Town Hall Meeting. Full event details here.    

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

    November 13, 2014

    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.


Town hall meeting at ASRC
20 November 2014
The ASRC will open its doors to CUNY faculty from across the city of New York. The day will include presentations from the directors, tours of the facilities and opportunities to network with colleagues from across CUNY.

Nanoscience Initiative NYC launch event
19 February 2015
The Nanoscience Initative will welcome researchers from New York City to the ASRC. This one day conference will include talks by leading nanoscience researchers in the city and will be headlined by Professor Ned Seeman, NYU. There will be presentations from ASRC and CUNY researchers, tours of the facility and networking opportunities. More information coming soon.


P.W.J.M. Frederix, G.G. Scott, Y.M. Abul-Haija, D. Kalafatovic, C.G. Pappas, N. Javid, N.T. Hunt, R.V. Ulijn and T. Tuttle, Exploring the sequence space for (tri-)peptide self-assembly to design and discover new hydrogels, Nature Chemistry, 2014, doi:10.1038/nchem.2122.

S. Jang, S. Hoyer, G. Fleming and K.B. Whaley, Generalized Master Equation with Non-Markovian Multichromophoric Förster Resonance Energy Transfer for Modular Exciton Densities, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2014, 113, 188102.

J.S. Leckie, A. Hope, M. Hughes, S. Debnath, S. Fleming, A.W. Wark, R.V. Ulijn and M.D. Haw, Nanopropulsion by Biocatalytic Self-Assembly, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 9580-9589.

S. Bai, C.G. Pappas, S. Debnath, P.W.J.M. Frederix, J. Leckie, S. Fleming and R.V. Ulijn, Stable Emulsions Formed by Self-Assembly of Interfacial Networks of Dipeptide Derivatives, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 7005-7013.

S.K.M. Nalluri, C. Berdugo, N. Javid, P.W.J.M. Frederix and R.V. Ulijn, Biocatalytic Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Charge-Transfer Nanostructures Based on n-Type Semiconductor-Appended Peptides, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 5882-5887.

S. Debnath, S. Roy and R.V. Ulijn, Peptide Nanofibers with Dynamic Instability through Non-Equilibrium Biocatalytic Assembly, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 16789-16792.