Watermelon
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

News

April 2014

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

September 2013

Michael Janner, a high school student at Redlands East Valley High School, won a $10,000 Scholarship from the Davidson Institute for his research on nano-mirrors and photonic crystals. This award recognizes students 18 and under in a variety of fields who "have completed a significant piece of work".

May 2013

The Yin group moved to its new facility in Pierce Annex!

More news...

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