Research Interests

Organic and Bioorganic Thin Films and Nano Structures

Our research is focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of self-assembled and self-organized organic nanostructures on metal surfaces. We create new nanomaterials for catalysis in organic synthesis, biomedical sensing and imaging, molecular electronics, and nanomedicine.

  • Polymer/transition metal nanoparticle composite catalyzed cross-coupling reactions in organic synthesis

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  • Organic photochemistry in self-assembled monolayers and photolithographic fabrication of biochips

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  • Freestanding molecular wires

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  • Real Time Optical Sensing of Glucose

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  • Supramolecular Polymer Nanocapsules for Drug and Gene Delivery

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  • Stable Self-assembled Biomolecules on Large (60 nm) Gold Nanoparticles and Surface Enhance Raman Sugar Sensing and Molecular Imaging

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Selected Publications

  1. Detection and counting of micro scale particles and pollen using a multi-aperture Coulter counter" Jagtiani, A. V.; Jiang, Z.; Hu, J. and Carletta, J., Meas. Sci. Technol. 17, 1706, 2006.
  2. "The conductivity of 2,4,9-trithia-tricyclo[,7]decane on CdS surface" Dolog, I.; Wang, H.  Mallik, R. R. Hu, J., Wang, H.  J. Surf. Sci. 600, 2972, 2006.
  3. "Grafting Poly(t-butyl acrylate) to Poly(allylamine) by Inverse Microemulsion Radical Polymerization: From Comb-polymer to Amphiphilic Shell Cross-linked Polymer Nanocapsule," D. Sarkar, J. M. El Khoury, S. T. Lopina, J. Hu  J. Appl. Polym. Sci. accepted for publication
  4. "An Effective Method for Preparing Polymer Nanocapsules with Hydrophobic Acrylic Shell and Hydrophilic Interior by Inverse Emulsion Radical Polymerization" Debanjan Sarkar, J. M. El Khoury, S. T. Lopina, J. Hu  Macromolecules 2005, 38, 8603.
  5. "An Electronic Pollen Detection Method Using Coulter Countering Principle " Z. Zhang ,J. Zhe, S. Chandra, J. Hu Atmospheric Environment 2005, 39, 5446.
  6. "A colorimetric titration method for quantification of mM glucose in a pH 7.4 aqueous phosphate buffer" S. Boduroglu, J. M. El Khoury, D. V. Reddy, P. L. Rinaldi and J. Hu Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry letters. 2005, 15, 3974.
  7. "Pd Nanoparticle Aging and Its Implications in the Suzuki Cross-coupling Reaction " J. Hu, Y. Liu Langmuir 2005, 21, 2121.
  8. "Photochemical Patterning of a Self-Assembled Monolayer of 7-Diazomethylcarbonyl-2,4,9-trithiaadmantane on Gold Films via Wolff Rearrangement."    Hu, J.; Liu, Y.; Khemtong, C.; El Khoury, J. M.; McAfoos, T. J.; Taschner, I. S.  Langmuir  2004,  20,  4933.

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Associate Professor

B.S., 1987, Fudan University
M.S., 1994, West Virginia University
Ph.D., 1997 Purdue University
Postdoctoral fellow, 1997-1999, University of Texas (Austin) & North Carolina State University

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