The Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM) focuses on innovative research and technology development of functional nano and soft materials. This Lab conducts both fundamental and applied researches in an interdisciplinary way on molecular design and synthesis of the functional nano and soft materials, organic optoelectronic materials and devices, nano biosensing and detecting technology, as well as physics and characteristics of soft materials.
Prof. Zhuang Liu's Group is working on the development of functional nanomaterials including sp2 carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and graphene), rare earth up-conversion nanoparticles, and composite nanostructures for applications in multimodal biomedical imaging, drug and gene delivery, as well as novel photo therapies of cancer.
The center is supported by school of precision instrument and optoelectronics engineering, national key laboratory of precision measurement technology and instrument, research institute of micro and nano measurement and equipment and it mainly specialize in industrialized work like micro electromechanical system, Ultra-precision micro-nano processing as well as micro and nano measurement and equipment.
Research in Prof. Deng's group is highly interdisciplinary, covering analytical chemistry, bio-nanotechnology, and electrochemistry. The group is working on constructing electrochemistry-based sensors for high sensitivity and easy detection of biomolecules (DNA and proteins, in particular). They are also interested in using bio-inspired processes and electrochemical approaches for the development of new tools towards nanotechnological applications.