• 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 […]

  • International Fellowship for ASRC Researcher Could Lead to New Cancer Treatments


    Ana Pina, a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanoscience Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, has received a competitive two-year research fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology to support her participation in joint research project with Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa […]

  • 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 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 […]