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Fang Lu

Staff Scientist | Soft and Bio Nanomaterials


  • 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.


  • B.S.: Guangxi University, China
    • Major: Mathematics and Physics
  • Ph.D.: Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Dissertation Title: Chemical Solution-Phase Synthesis and Physical Property Studies of Complex-Nanostructured II-VI Semiconductor Materials

Professional Appointments

  • Staff scientist: 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


*: Corresponding Author

  • J. Guo, F. Lu*, Y. G. Zhang, Q. L. Ma, S. S. Yang, G. Q. Liu and W. P. Cai*, Controllable corrosion-assisted fabrication of Au–Ag alloyed hollow nanocrystals for highly efficient and environmentally-stable SERS substrates, Nanotechnology 29, 455604 (2018). [DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aade27]
  • F. Lu, Y. Zhang, S. Z. Liu, D. Y. Lu, D. Su, M. Z. Liu, Y. G. Zhang, P. Liu, J. X. Wang, R. R. Adzic*, O. Gang*, Surface Proton Transfer Promotes Four-Electron Oxygen Reduction on Gold Nanocrystal Surfaces in Alkaline Solution, Journal of the American Chemical Society 139, 7310 (2017). [DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b01735]
  • F. Lu, W. P. Cai*, Y. G. Zhang, ZnO Hierarchical Micro/Nanoarchitectures: Solvothermal Synthesis and Structurally Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance, Advanced Functional Materials 18, 1047 (2008). [DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200700973]