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. >

  • Nanoscience NY announced! Feb 19th 2015

    December 23, 2014

    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 invited […]

  • 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.    


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.


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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.

Y. Zhao, Y. Liu, Q. Xu, M. Barahman,D. Bartusik, A. Greer and A.M. Lyons, Singlet Oxygen Generation on Porous Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Effect of Gas Flow and Sensitizer Wetting on Trapping Efficiency, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2014, 118, 10364.

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.