Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Mengxiao Yu


Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Shaoheng Tang


PhD Candidates


Ms. Bujie Du


Mr. Xingya Jiang


Mr. Xuhui Ning


Mr. Chuanqi Peng


Ms. Jing Xu


Mr. Yingyu Huang


Graduate Students


Mr. Qinhan Zhou


Ms. Siqing Li


Undergraduate Students


Ms. Lirit


Mr. Jason Lin


Ms. Diksha Verma


Visisting Professor


Linxi Shi


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)

Dr. Shasha Sun (Graduate)

Dr. Rodrigo Vinluan III (Graduate)

Ms. Jessica Jacobe (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. Melissa Gannaway (Undergraduate)

Ms. Julia Hankins (Undergraduate)

Ms. Grace Kong (Undergraduate)

Mr. Stephen McMahon (Undergraduate)

Mr. Husain Mogri (Undergraduate)

Mr. Ali Mozayan (Undergraduate)

Mr. Justin Sullins (Undergraduate)

Mr. Joel Taylor (Undergraduate)

Mr. Jonathan Wang (Undergraduate)

Ms. Phoebe Carter (Undergraduate)

Mr. Anthony Dao (Undergraduate)

Mr. Greg Zhang (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)


Xuhui Ning


PhD candidate



Office: NSERL 2.440


E-mail: [email protected]




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


Education Background


PhD. Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2013-present.


B.S.  Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2009-2013.

Research Area


Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis and Bioimaging.


Honors and Awards


Presidential Achievement Award, University of Texas at Dallas, 2013.


First Place of Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, University of Texas at Dallas, 2013.


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


Undergraduate Research Award, University of Texas at Dallas, 2012.


Undergraduate Research Award, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011.




7. Xuhui Ning, Chuanqi Peng, Eric S. Li, Jing Xu, Rodrigo Vinluan, Mengxiao Yu and Jie Zheng. "Physiological stability and renal clearance of ultrasmall zwitterionic gold nanoparticles: Ligand length matters." Apl Materials 2017, 5: 053406.


6. J.B. Liu, P.N. Duchesne, M.X. Yu, X.Y. Jiang, X.H. Ning, P. Zhang, J. Zheng. “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Size-independent Emissions”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016. 55, 8894-8898


5. S. Sun, X. Ning, G. Zhang, Y.C. Wang, C. Peng, J. Zheng. "Dimerization of Organic Dyes on Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles for Ratiometric pH Sensing", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 2421 –2424.


4.M. X. Yu, J. B. Liu, X. H. Ning, J. Zheng*. “High-contrast Noninvasive Imaging of Kidney Clearance Kinetics Enabled by Renal Clearable Nanofluorophores”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 15434-15438 (2015).


3. M. X. Yu, J. C. Zhou, B. J. Du, X. H. Ning, C. Authement, L. Gandee, P. Kapur, J. T. Hsieh, J. Zheng. “Noninvasive Staging of Kidney Dysfunction Enabled by Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 2787-2791 (2016) (Highlighted as VIP).


2. 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.

1. J.B. Liu, M.X. Yu, X. Ning, C. Zhou, S.Y. Yang, and J. Zheng, "PEGylation and Zwitterionization: Pros and Cons in Renal Clearance and Tumor Targeting of Near-IR-Emitting Gold Nanoparticles", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, DOI:10.1002/anie.201304465.  (Highlighted as VIP)









































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