Principal Investigator Jian Cui
Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics
The most compelling characteristic of nanoscale materials is the emergence of different physical phenomena upon the shrinking of dimensions. We are interested in exploiting these unique properties of the nanoscopic world to develop a new toolkit that will help us understand, and perhaps ultimately control, biological systems.
We are a diverse team of researchers asking interdisciplinary questions, and engaging in multidisciplinary approaches, in the hopes of achieving transdisciplinary outcomes (transcending disciplines).(1)
(1) Choi et al. Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, education and policy: 1. Definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness. Clin. Invest. Med. 2006
Dr. Jian Cui
Principal Investigator, Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics
Jian Cui was born in China and moved to the United States at the age of 5. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University, while performing undergraduate research in single-molecule biophysical chemistry with Professor W. E. Moerner (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2014). He then obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from MIT under Professor Moungi Bawendi, where he worked on a new optical method that combines interferometry and single-photon counting, to study the photoluminescence spectra of semiconductor nanoparticles. Subsequently, he pursued postdoctoral research in the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory of Professor David Norris at ETH Zürich, working on the fabrication and characterization of miniaturized optical devices in the field of plasmonics and nanophotonics.
Dr. Jian Cui
Positions and Career
2018 - present
Principal Investigator Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, Helmholtz Zentrum München
2017 - 2018
Junior Group Leader - ETH Zürich
2014 - 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow – ETH Zurich
PhD in Physical Chemistry – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
BS in Chemistry – Stanford University, USA
Honors and Awards
ETH Zurich and Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship
Member of USA Delegation to the 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students
Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (Silver)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society
PhD in Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Focus: Materials Chemistry
Doctoral Thesis: "Self-assembly of conducting polymer nano- and microstructures for energy storage"
PhD in Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland (starting January 2020)
Focus: Inorganic Chemistry
Doctoral Thesis: Synthetic and Catalytic Investigations of Homo- and Heterometallic Cobalt Cubanes as Water Oxidation Catalysts
MSc in Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Focus: Bio/Nanoscience and Technology
Master's Thesis: "Hyperelastic Collapse Mechanism in an Easy-to-follow Framework for Soft Lithography Engineers"
MSc in Biology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Focus: Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Master's Thesis: "iPSC-derived Human Astrocytes: Reprogramming into Neurons & Proteomic Analysis of LPS mediated Inflammation"
Kress SJP*, Cui J*, Rohner P, Kim DK, Antolinez FV, Zaininger KA, Jayanti SV, Richner P, McPeak KM, Poulikakos D, Norris DJ.
Sci Adv. 2017 Sep 22;3(9):e1700688. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700688.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.
Direct Patterning of Colloidal Quantum-Dot Thin Films for Enhanced and Spectrally Selective Out-Coupling of Emission.
Prins F, Kim DK, Cui J, De Leo E, Spiegel LL, McPeak KM, Norris DJ.
Nano Lett. 2017 Mar 8;17(3):1319-1325. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03212.
Evolution of the Single-Nanocrystal Photoluminescence Linewidth with Size and Shell: Implications for Exciton-Phonon Coupling and the Optimization of Spectral Linewidths.
Cui J, Beyler AP, Coropceanu I, Cleary L, Avila TR, Chen Y, Cordero JM, Heathcote SL, Harris DK, Chen O, Cao J, Bawendi MG.
Nano Lett. 2016 Jan 13;16(1):289-96. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b03790.
Cui J, Beyler AP, Bischof TS, Wilson MW, Bawendi MG.
Chem Soc Rev. 2014 Feb 21;43(4):1287-310. doi: 10.1039/c3cs60330j.
Direct probe of spectral inhomogeneity reveals synthetic tunability of single-nanocrystal spectral linewidths.
Cui J, Beyler AP, Marshall LF, Chen O, Harris DK, Wanger DD, Brokmann X, Bawendi MG.
Nat Chem. 2013 Jul;5(7):602-6. doi: 10.1038/nchem.1654.
Marshall LF, Cui J, Brokmann X, Bawendi MG.
Phys Rev Lett. 2010 Jul 30;105(5):053005.
Compact high-quality CdSe-CdS core-shell nanocrystals with narrow emission linewidths and suppressed blinking.
Chen O, Zhao J, Chauhan VP, Cui J, Wong C, Harris DK, Wei H, Han HS, Fukumura D, Jain RK, Bawendi MG.
Nat Mater. 2013 May;12(5):445-51. doi: 10.1038/nmat3539.
Wong C, Stylianopoulos T, Cui J, Martin J, Chauhan VP, Jiang W, Popovic Z, Jain RK, Bawendi MG, Fukumura D.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Feb 8;108(6):2426-31. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018382108.
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