Birck Nanotechnology Center

Chengde Mao


Associate Professor— Analytical Chemistry


Contact Information:

Phone: (765) 494-0498



PhD, Chemistry, New York University, 1999


Research Interests:

(1) Self-assembly of DNA nanostructures;
(2) Apply such nanostructures to address biomedical problems;
(3) Using such nanostructures for nanofabrication and nanomanufacturing.


Impact Statement & Explanation of Research:

Develop a general, bottom-up approach (by programmed DNA self-assembly) to control material structures/patterns at the nanometer scale and to build nanomechanical devices.



Recent publications:

1. Yu He, TaoYe, Min Su, Chuan Zhang, Alexander E. Ribbe, Wen Jiang & Chengde Mao, “Hierarchical Self-Assembly of DNA into Symmetric Supramolecular Polyhedra”, Nature 452, 198-201 (2008).

2. Chuan Zhang, Min Su, Yu He, Xin Zhao, Ping-an Fang, Alexander E. Ribbe, Wen Jiang & Chengde Mao, “Conformational flexibility facilitates self-assembly of complex DNA nanostructures”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 10665-10669 (2008).

3. Chengde Mao, “DNA Gets a Little Cagey”, Nature Nanotechnology. 3, 75-76 (2008).

4. Seung-Hyeon Ko, Yi Chen, Haipeng Liu & Chengde Mao*, “DNA Nanotubes as Combinatorial Vehicles for Cellular Delivery”, Biomacromolecules, 9, 3039-3043 (2008).

5. Yi Chen, Haipeng Liu, TaoYe, Junghwa Kim & Chengde Mao, “DNA-Directed Assembly of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 8696-8697 (2007).

6. Haipeng liu, Tao Ye & Chengde Mao, “Fluorescent Carbon Nanoparticles Derived from Candle Soot”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 46, 6473-6475 (2007).


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