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Rongchao Jin

Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, Illinois, 2003

Rongchao received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University under supervision of Prof. Chad  A. Mirkin in 2003. After that he got a post doctoral position with Prof. Norbert F. Scherer at University of Chicago, Illinois from 2003-2006. His name is listed in the Thomson-Reuters Most Cited Faculty list. He was awarded by Camille Dreyfus Teacher‐Scholar Award 2011; International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Student Advisor Award 2011, 2015 ;  Asian Rising Star, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies 2013. Currently, he is a professor in Department of Chemistry of Carnegie Mellon University from 2015.


Our research focuses on fundamental science and engineering questions motivated by the creation of materials on the nanometer scale (1 nm=10-9 m). Our research themes include the synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanoparticles (typically 1-100 nm in size). We are developing chemical methods for synthesizing well defined nanoparticles, including atomically precise nanoclusters, shape- and size-controlled nanocrystals, hybrid nano-architectures, and inorganic/polymer nanocomposites. In-depth characterizations of the physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles and self-assembled nanomaterials are carried out with microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray crystallography, steady-state and ultrafast spectroscopies, etc. We also develop applications of nanoparticles in areas of catalysis, optics, chemo- and bio-sensing, and photovoltaics, etc.

Most Cited Publications

"Photoinduced conversion of silver nanospheres to nanoprisms", R Jin, YW Cao, CA Mirkin, KL Kelly, GC Schatz, JG Zheng, science, 294, 1901 (2001).
"Nanoparticles with Raman spectroscopic fingerprints for DNA and RNA detection", YWC Cao, R Jin, CA Mirkin, Science 297, 1536 (2002).
"Controlling anisotropic nanoparticle growth through plasmon excitation", R Jin, YC Cao, E Hao, GS Métraux, GC Schatz, CA Mirkin, Nature 425, 487 (2003).
"Correlating the crystal structure of a thiol-protected Au25 cluster and optical properties", M Zhu, CM Aikens, FJ Hollander, GC Schatz, R Jin, Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 , 5883 (2008).
"What controls the melting properties of DNA-linked gold nanoparticle assemblies?", R Jin, G Wu, Z Li, CA Mirkin, GC Schatz, Journal of the American Chemical Society 125, 1643 (2003).

Recent Publications

"Rational construction of a library of M29 nanoclusters from monometallic to tetrametallic." Kang, Xi, Xiao Wei, Shan Jin, Qianqin Yuan, Xinqi Luan, Yong Pei, Shuxin Wang, Manzhou Zhu, and Rongchao Jin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, no. 38 (2019): 18834-18840.
"New Advances in Atomically Precise Silver Nanoclusters." Yang, Jie, and Rongchao Jin. ACS Materials Letters (2019).
"Understanding the Solubility Behavior of Atomically Precise Gold Nanoclusters." Cowan, Michael J., Tatsuya Higaki, Rongchao Jin, and Giannis Mpourmpakis. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123, no. 32 (2019): 20006-20012.
"Theoretical Prediction of Optical Absorption and Emission in Thiolated Gold Clusters." Day, Paul N., Ruth Pachter, Kiet A. Nguyen, and Rongchao Jin. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123, no. 30 (2019): 6472-6481.
"Gold Nanoclusters: Bridging Gold Complexes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles in Photophysical Properties,"  M Zhou, C Zeng, Q Li, T Higaki, and R Jin.  Nanomaterials 9.7 (2019)