iNANO Hosts Professor Younan Xia at Tongji University

Professor Younan Xia, the internationally renowned nanomaterials scientist from Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, U.S., visited Tongji on September 7th, and delivered a splendid academic report entitled “Putting Chemistry to Work for Nano and Biomedical Research.” Researchers from Tongji and other universities attended the seminar. Those include students and faculty from iNANO, Department of Chemistry, School of Materials Science, Department of Physics, School of Life Science and Technology, and Medical School. Colleagues from from Fudan University and SJTU also attended the seminar with great enthusiam.

With examples of controlled preparation of gold and silver nanoparticles and their biomedical application, Prof. Xia instantiates and shares his basic ideas on the a brand-new preparation method for nanostructured noble metals, the in-depth research on gold nanomaterial’s physical and chemical characteristics and their applications in oncology diagnosis and diathermy. Prof. Xia’s talk not only broadens the horizons and enriches the professional knowledge of those who presented, but also brings forth a more clear-cut way of logical thinking for the audience to learn. Prof. Xia’s lecture reflects his character and personality as a serious scientist and educator. During the Q&A session, Prof. Xia answered audience’s questions with great patience and enthusiasm, creating a rigorous and heated atmosphere in the auditorium. After the report, Prof. Xia kindly took photos with all iNANO students and staff, and with great interest, toured iNANO laboratory, Nano image center, and also part of Chemistry Department and Medical School Labs.

Professor Younan Xia is the James M. McKelvey Professor for Advanced Materials in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include development of new methodologies for controlled synthesis of nanomaterials and exploration of their applications in biomedical research. He received a B.S. degree in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1987 and worked as a graduate student on inorganic nonlinear optical crystals at the Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He came to the United States in 1991, received a M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (with the late Professor Alan G. MacDiarmid) in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University (with Professor George M. Whitesides) in 1996. He continued his training at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow with both Professors George M. Whitesides and Mara Prentiss. He then joined the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1997, and was promoted to Professor in 2004. His group relocated to Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in the summer of 2007. Dr. Xia has received a number of awards, including a Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow (2009); an NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2006); a Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award from the North Jersey Section of ACS (2005); a Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar (2002); a David and Lucile Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering (2000); an NSF CAREER Award (2000); an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2000); an ACS Victor K. LaMer Award (1999); and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1997). He has co-authored more than 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has edited a number of special issues and books on nanostructured materials and microfabrication techniques. He is an Associate Editor of the ACS journal Nano Letters, and serves on the international advisory boards of many journals, including Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2011-), Accounts of Chemical Research, Langmuir, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Today, Nano Research, and Journal of Biomedical Optics.Prof. Xia was rewarded 2005 U.S. Baekeland Award for his outstanding achievements in chemistry, physics and nanomaterials, which makes him the first Chinese winner in 60 years. Prof. Xia was listed among the world Top Ten Chemists in 2009.
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