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)

Mr. Greg Zhang (Undergraduate)

Mr. Anthony Dao (Undergraduate)

Ms. Phoebe Carter (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)



Shasha Sun, PhD.


PhD Graduate



Office: NSERL 2.440


E-mail: [email protected]


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, 2011-2016.


B.S.  Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai, China, 2011.

Research Area


Luminescent Metal Nanoparticles Synthesis and Biological Application.


Honors and Awards


ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award, American Chemical Society, 2016.


PhD Small Research Grants Program, University of Texas at Dallas, 2015.


People's Scholarship, China, 2007-2010.


Outstanding student of Donghua University, Donghua University, 2009.




1. 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.


2. J. Zhao, S. Sun, L. Swartz, S. Riechers, P. Hu, S. Chen, J. Zheng, and G.Y. Liu. "Size-Independent Single-Electron Tunneling". J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6 (24), 4986-4990.


3. S. Yang, S. Sun, C. Zhou, G. Hao, J. Liu, S. Ramezani, M. Yu, X. Sun, and J. Zheng. "Renal Clearance and Degradation of Glutathione-Coated Copper Nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.5b00003.


4. R. Vinluan III, J. Liu, C. Zhou, M. Yu, S. Yang, A. Kumar, S. Sun, A. Dean, X. Sun, J. Zheng. "Glutathione-Coated Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A Surface Ligand for Minimizing Serum Protein Adsorption", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, DOI:10.1021/am5031374.


5. S. Sun, C. Zhou, S. Chen, J.B. Liu, J. Yu, J. Chilek, L. Zhao, M.X. Yu, R. Vinluan, B. Huang, and J. Zheng, "Surface-Chemistry Effect on Cellular Response of Luminescent Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/bc500008a.


6. 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): 10118-10222.


































[Contact us]

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Tel: 972-883-5768 (Dr. Zheng), 972-883-5769 (Lab)