Research Interests

The Zhou group is interested in the development of (1) glucose-responsive hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) for glucose sensing and self-regulated insulin delivery; (2) multifunctional nanomaterials from the combination of optically active NPs with responsive polymers for sensing, imaging, and therapy; and (3) composite nanomaterials from the complex assembly of carbon-based NPs, inorganic NPs, and other amphiphilies in the confinement of (bio)polymers and colloids for sensing, catalysis, and environmental remediation.



  • H. Wang, A. Mararenko, G. Cao, Z. Gai, K. Hong, P. Banerjee, S. Zhou, Multifunctional 1D magnetic and fluorescent nanoparticle chains for enhanced MRI, fluorescent cell imaging, and combined photothermal/chemotherapy, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 15309-15317
  • H. Wang, Z. Wei, H. Matsui, S. Zhou, One-pot synthesis of Fe3O4@Carbon quantum dots hybrid nanoflowers for highly active and recyclable visible-light driven photocatalyst., J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 15740-15745
  • Y. Li, S. Zhou, Facile one-pot synthesis of organic dye-complexed microgels for optical detection of glucose at physiological pH, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 5553-5559
  • W. Wu, J. Shen, Y. Li, H. Zhu, P. Banerjee, S. Zhou., Specific glucose-to-SPR signal transduction at physiological pH by molecularly imprinted responsive hybrid microgels., Biomaterials, 2012, 33, 7115-7125
  • W. Wu, J. Shen, P. Banerjee, S. Zhou., A multifuntional nanoplatform based on responsive fluorescent plasmonic ZnO-Au@PEG hybrid Nanogels., Adv. Funct. Mater., 2011, 21, 2830-2839


Job History

  • 2008 - Current : Professor of Chemistry, CSI
  • 2002 - 2007 : Associate Professor, CSI
  • 2000 - 2002 : Senior Chemist, Dow Chemical Company
  • 1996 - 2002 : Postdoctoral Research Associate, SUNY at Stony Brook
  • 1993 - 1996 : PhD, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 1988 - 1991 : MSc, Xiamen University, China
  • 1984 - 1988 : BSc, Xiamen University, China