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Honghu Zhang

Research Associate | Soft and Bio Nanomaterials


  • Nanomaterials Bioconjugation
  • Light-Emitting Nanomaterials and Single-Molecule Optical Detection
  • Nanoparticle Self-Assembly in Bulk and at Interfaces
  • Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering

CFN Research Activities

DNA-programmable self-assembly provides an effective route for fabrication of well-defined 2D and 3D clusters and lattices. My research focuses on investigation of phase behaviors of programmable assembly and study of optical properties of DNA-guided nanoscale architectures consisting of various types of components, such as plasmonic, magnetic and semiconductor nanoparticles.


  • B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering: Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  • PhD in Materials Science & Engineering: Iowa State University
    • Dissertation Title: Bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of hybrid organic–inorganic nanomaterials

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: Ames Laboratory
    • Project: Self-assembly of polymer-grafted nanoparticles

Selected Publications & Research Highlights


  • Zhang, H.; Wang, W.; Hagen, N.; Kuzmenko, I.; Akinc, M.; Travesset, A.; Mallapragada, S.; Vaknin, D., Self-Assembly of DNA Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles at the Liquid-Vapor Interface. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 3, 1600180 (2016). [DOI: 10.1002/admi.201600180]