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Fang Lu

Staff Scientist | Materials Synthesis and Characterization

Expertise

  • Controllable  Nanoparticle Synthesis
  • Particle Surface Modification
  • DNA-Driven Nanoparticle Assembly
  • Small-angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • Electron Microscopy (EM) Structural Characterizations
  • Collective Optical Property 

CFN Research Activities

We have developed synthetic strategies for preparing various shape- and size-controllable nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pd, Pt, etc.) as well as their designable multi-component nanostructures (e.g. core-shell). Good interfacial compatibility and high crystalline quality of nanoparticles allow for their applications in biomolecule (e.g. DNA) functionalization and electrocatalysis. Superstructure with designable function  can be achieved by DNA-driven assembly of multi-component nanoparticles. SAXS and EM techniques used for structural characterizations as well as study on the collective optical and electrocatalysis properties from nanostructures promise us to approach a goal of realizing a new generation of energy-conversing and storage materials.

Education

  • PhD: Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Dissertation Title: Chemical Solution-Phase Synthesis and Physical Property Studies of Complex-Nanostructured II-VI Semiconductor Materials

Professional Appointments

  • Scientific associate: Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Center of Functional Nanomaterials
  • Postdoctoral researcher: Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Center of Functional Nanomaterials
  • Postdoctoral researcher: University of California, Los Angeles
    • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Assistant researcher: Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

F. Lu, Y. Zhang, L. H. Zhang, Y. G. Zhang, J. X. Wang,   R. R. Adzic, E. A. Stach and O. Gang, Truncated Ditetragonal Gold Prisms as Nanofacet Activators of Catalytic Platinum, Journal of American Chemistry Society 133, 18074, 2011.

F. Lu, W. P. Cai and Y. G. Zhang, ZnO hierarchical micro/nanoarchitectures: Solvothermal synthesis and structurally enhanced photocatalytic performance, Advanced Functional Materials 18, 1047, 2008.

F. Lu, W. P. Cai, Y. G. Zhang, Y. Li, F. Q. Sun, S. H. Heo and S. O. Cho, Fabrication and field-emission performance of zinc sulfide nanobelt arrays, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 111,13385, 2007.

F. Lu, W. P. Cai, Y. G. Zhang, Y. Li, F. Q. Sun, S. H. Heo and S. O. Cho, Well-aligned zinc sulfide nanobelt arrays: Excellent field emitters,  Applied Physics Letters 89, 231928, 2006.