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

    December 18, 2017 | News

    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 Invited to Future Leaders Program at the Science and Technology in Society Forum

    October 26, 2017 | News

    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

    June 8, 2017 | News

    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

    February 28, 2017 | News

    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”

    January 30, 2017 | News

    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

    January 23, 2017 | News

    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

    October 13, 2016 | News

    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

    October 3, 2016 | News

    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 […]

  • Ulijn, Riedo discuss ASRC’s groundbreaking environment in Nature Nanotechnology article

    September 8, 2016 | News

    The mission of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center to be a catalyst for interdisciplinary scientific research and discovery and develop a university–wide integrated scientific research network is paramount to its success. And as Nanoscience Initiative Director Rein V. Ulijn and Professor Elisa Riedo explained in a recently published article in Nature Nanotechnology, this mission […]

  • Discovery of novel drug candidates boosted by new tunable gels

    August 1, 2016 | News

    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 […]