Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Research Scientists


Dr. Mengxiao Yu 



PhD Candidates


Ms. Shasha Sun


Mr. Rodrigo Vinluan


Graduate Students


Ms. Bujie Du


Ms. Jessica Jacobe


Mr. Xingya Jiang


Mr. Xuhui Ning


Mr. Chuanqi Peng


Ms. Jing Xu



Undergraduate Students


Mr. Jonathan Wang


Mr. Greg Zhang 


Ms. Melissa Gannaway 


Mr. Stephen McMahon


Mr. Justin Sullins 


Former Group Members


Dr. Jinbin Liu (Postdoc)

Dr. Shengyang Yang (Postdoc)

Dr. Jing Yu (Postdoc)

Dr. Zhanghua Zeng (Postdoc)

Dr. Liang Zhao (Postdoc)


Ms. Jennifer Chilek (Graduate)

Dr. Chen Zhou (Graduate)


Ms. Sheby Alexander (Undergraduate)

Mr. Chris Alameddin (Undergraduate)

Mr. Michael Anyirah (Undergraduate)

Mr. Sishan Chen (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Giovanni Contello (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Andrew Dean (Undergraduate) 

Ms. Julia Hankins (Undergraduate)

Ms. Grace Kong (Undergraduate)

Mr. Husain Mogri (Undergraduate)

Mr. Ali Mozayan (Undergraduate)


Ms. Chelsea Carson (High School)

Ms. Karen Chen (High School)

Ms. Clare Jensen (High School)

Ms. Rebecca John (High School)

Ms. Amy Xia (High School)

Mr. Robert Yao (High School)


Chen Zhou, Ph.D.


Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.


Office: NSERL 2.440




Mailing Address:


BE26, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080


Education Background


Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2008-2013.


B.S.  College of Pharmacy, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China, 2007.

Research Area


Luminescent Metal Nanoparticles, Cancer Imaging and Biosensing.


Honors and Awards


ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award, American Chemical Society, 2013.


Julia Williams Van Ness Merit Scholarship, University of Texas at Dallas, 2013.


Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, 2012.


Outstanding Poster Award Podium Presentation, UT Metroplex Day, 2012.


Ph.D Research Small Grants Program, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011.


2nd Place Graduate Student Presentation, 43rd ACS "Meeting in Miniature", 2010.


Best Poster in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery, UT Metroplex Day, 2010.


Selected Publications


1. C. Zhou, S. Yang, J. Liu, M. Yu, and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A New Class of Nanoprobes for Biomedical Imaging”, Exp. Bio. Med., 2013, accepted.


2. C. Zhou, G. Hao, T. Patrick, J. Liu, M. Yu, S. Sun, O. Oz, X. Sun, and J. Zheng, “Near Infrared Emitting Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles with Molecular Pharmacokinetics”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51(40): 10118-10122.


3. C. Zhou, J. Yu, Y. Qin, J. Zheng, “Grain Size Effects in Polycrystalline Gold Nanoparticles”, Nanoscale, 2012, 4(14): 4228-4233.


4. M. Yu, C. Zhou, J. Liu, J. D. Hankins, J. Zheng, “Luminscent Gold Nanoparticles with pH De-pendent Membrane Adsorption”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133(29): 11014-11017. ( Equal contribution)


5. C. Zhou, M. Long, Y. Qin, X. Sun, J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Efficient Renal Clearance”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 2011, 50(14): 3168-3172.


6. C. Zhou, C. Sun, M. Yu, Y. Qin, J. Wang, M. Kim, J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Mixed Valence States Generated from Dissociation of Polymeric Au (I) Thiolate”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114(17): 7727-7732.


7.  J. Liu, M. Yu, C. Zhou, S. Yang, X. Ning, and J. Zheng, “Passive Tumor Targeting of Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: Long Tumor Retention and Fast Normal Tissue Clearance”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135(13): 4978-4981.


8. S. Yang, C. Zhou, J. Liu, M. Yu, J. Zheng, “One-step Interfacial Synthesis and Assembly of Fluorescent Ultrathin Au@Silica Membrane”, Adv. Mater., 2012, 24(24):3218-3222.


9. J. Zheng, C. Zhou, M. Yu, J. Liu, “Different Sized Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles”, Nanoscale, 2012, 4(14), 4073-4083.


10. A. Rahy, C. Zhou, J. Zheng, S. Y. Park, K. Moon, I. Jang, S. J. Cho, D. J. Yang, “Photo-luminescent Carbon Nanoparticles Produced by Confined Combustion of Aromatic Compounds”, Carbon, 2012, 50(3): 1298-1302.

[Contact us]

2.440 NSERL Building, The University of Texas at Dallas
Tel: 972-883-5768 (Dr. Zheng), 972-883-5769 (Lab)