Magnetic polymer microspheres
Lofty Mountain
Landscape of self-assembled nanoparticles
Baked Cupcakes
Polymer beads assembled on micropatterns
Crystal Flowers
Overgrown Ag nanoplates
Coral Reef
Magnetically assembled microspheres
Golf Balls
Microspheres with engineered surface
Crochet Lace
Seeded growth of metal nanoplates
Nano Flowers
Nanoparticle assemblies
Magic Forest
Template-assisted synthesis of nanotubes
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Welcome to the Yin group

We are interested in the synthesis and functionalization of nanostructured materials - a class of new materials with at least one dimension at the nanometer scale. These materials are sometimes referred to as 'artificial atoms' because their physical properties can be widely and easily tuned by controlling their composition, size, shape, crystal structure, surface property, and configuration of assembly. Our research is focused on understanding the formation and properties of nanostructures, designing nanostructure-based functional materials, and fabricating novel catalytic, electronic, and photonic devices. Specifically, our research topics include:

  • Synthesis and surface functionalization of colloidal inorganic nanostructures
  • Self-assembly of nanostructures
  • Smart (responsive) materials
  • Functional composite nanomaterials
  • Nanostructured materials for catalysis and environmental remediation
  • Nanostructured electronic, photonic, and energy devices
  • Nanostructured materials for biomedical applications
  • Colloidal and interface chemistry
  • Nanoscale fabrication using unconventional methods


August 2014

Professor Yadong Yin appears on Reuters list of The World's Most Influential Minds of 2014. Researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of Highly Cited Papers - ranking among the top 1% most cited in their subject field.

April 2014

Yiding Liu won Graduate Student Silver Award in the 2014 Materials Research Society spring meeting in San Francisco.

March 2014

Professor Yadon Yin has accepted a position as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is a three year term starting on April 1.

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Group contact info: University of California, Department of Chemistry, Pierce Annex Hall, Rms 304 & 307, Riverside, CA 92521 Tel: 951-827-3429 Fax: 951-827-4713