• Researchers Create Molecules with Strong Anti-Zika Virus Potential


    The finding might also have application in developing anti-parasite, anti-cancer and antibacterial treatments New York, April 4, 2019 – The Zika virus is widely known for causing microcephaly and other brain defects in the fetuses of pregnant, infected women. Currently, there are no approved antiviral therapies specifically designed to treat Zika, but researchers at the […]

  • New Paper Provides Design Principles for Disease-Sensing Nanomaterials


    The detailed findings could lead to more precise, effective methods of treating and diagnosing a variety of diseases, including cancers  NEW YORK, February 19, 2019 – Scientists have long sought to develop drug therapies that can more precisely diagnose, target and effectively treat life-threatening illness such as cancer, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. One promising approach […]

  • Researchers Develop a New Self-Assembling Nanomaterial that Offers a Promising Pathway to More Efficient, Affordable Harnessing of Solar Power


    The materials produce a singlet fission reaction that creates more and extends the life of harvestable electronic charges NEW YORK, January 24, 2019 – Solar rays are a plentiful, clean source of energy that is becoming increasingly important as the world works to shift away from power sources that contribute to global warming. But current […]

  • 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, […]