Address: Room 337, Administration Building, Shenzhen University, Nanhai Avenue 3688, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China, 518060
2002.08 – 2008.11 PhD, Physics, McGill University, Canada
1998.09 – 2002.07 B.S., Physics, Jilin University, China
2017 – present Principal Investigator, Institute for Advanced Study, Shenzhen University
2016 – 2017 Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong University
2013 – 2016 Marie-Curie Fellow, University of Oxford
2012 – 2013 Postdoctor, University of California Santa Barbara
2010 – 2012 Postdoctor, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
2008 – 2010 Postdoctor, The Australian National University
2018 Shenzhen Overseas High-Level Talent (Peacock Plan; Level C)
2017 ‘One hundred youth talents’ of Shaanxi Province
2016 “Young Talent Support Plan” of Xi'an Jiaotong University (B level)
2013 Marie-Curie Fellow
2007 Dow-Hickson Fellowship in Physics
Colloid Chemistry and Physics
Develop advanced chemical methods for controlling the morphology, surface chemistry and site-specific chemistry of colloids with high precision and synthesizing functional colloids
Control colloidal interactions, including entropic force, depletion interactions, electric and magnetic dipolar interactions; Design and discover new self-assembly principles for directing colloids spontaneously self-organize into specific ordered structures; Provide practical methods and knowledge base for low-cost and massive production of micro/nano structures.
Living matter, such as motor proteins, bacteria, ants and birds, gain active motion by constantly consuming energy at the individual level and display rich nonequilibrium dynamic and collective behaviors. These systems share similarities with vibrated grains and self-propelled colloids in their behaviors, which defy traditional equilibrium physics, and together are known as active matter. Using well-controlled self-propelled active colloids as model systems, we aim to unravel the physical principles underlying the behaviors of active matter, push forward the development of nonequilibrium statistical physics, and further predict and emulate the behaviors of living matter. Furthermore, we are interested in understanding how active colloids will influence self-assembly, crystallization and melting, and the microstructural dynamics and rheological properties of materials.
In addition, active colloids are also micro/nanorobots that have great application potentials in transportation and delivery on cellular or even smaller scales. We will develop stimuli-responsive and intelligent micro/nanorobotic systems that sense and respond to chemical, light, electric and magnetic fields, control their biomimetic functions and behaviors in locomotion, transportation, communication, cooperation and assembly, and explore their applications in the fields of medicine, environment and energy.
Research tools and skills
Colloidal synthesis and functionalization, electric and magnetic field, optical microscopy, optical tweezing, particle localization and tracking, rheology and micro-rheology, soft lithography and microfluidics, computer simulations and finite element analysis.
2020-2021 The Innovation Program of Guangdong Provincial Department of Education
2019-2021 Shenzhen Overseas High-Level Talent Startup Fund
2018-2020 The Free Exploration Program of Natural Science Foundation of Shenzhen
2018-2021 The General Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China
2015-2016 John Fell OUP Research Fund from Oxford University
2013-2015 European commission “Marie-Curie Actions” International Incoming Fellowship
Scott A. Edwards, PhD in Physics, Australian National University
Research interests: Physics of biomolecules; micro-scale fluid dynamics; electrokinetic flow phenomena
Personal website: https://ias.szu.edu.cn/info/1084/1776.htm
PLoS Comput Biol, 2012, 8, e1002509.
EPL, 2009, 85, 18008.
PRL, 2004, 92, 248303.
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Guanhua Lin (Shenzhen Overseas High-Level Talent), PhD in Physical Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Postdoc, National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Colloidal synthesis, self-assembly and applications
Personal website: https://ias.szu.edu.cn/info/1097/3125.htm
ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2020, 12, 50152.
ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 7443.
Nano Lett, 2016, 16, 1092.
Shuo Wang, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Interests: Mechanisms of self-propulsion and collective dynamics of active colloids
Langmuir, 2021, accepted for publication.
Langmuir, 2021, 37, 1429..
Langmuir, 2019, 35, 2498..
Xuemao Zhou (Overseas Incoming Fellow of Guangdong), PhD in Physics, the University of Edinburgh
Research Interests: Self-propelled mechanism and dynamics of active colloids
Langmuir, 2021, 37, 1429.
Phys Rev E, 2011, 83, 041801.
Acta Phys Sin, 2011, 60, 036102.
Lijie Lei (Overseas Incoming Fellow of Guangdong), PhD in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore
Research Interest: Computational active soft matter
Chin Phys B, 2021, 30, 056112.
J Non-Newton Fluid, 2018, 260, 163.
J Eng Gas Turb Power, 2014, 136, 041901.
Nan Yu, PhD in Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research interest: Computational active soft Matter
Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 408.
Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 1319.
Majid Basharat, PhD in Chemistry, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Research Interest: Light-driven active colloids
J Mater Chem C, 2020, 8, 13612
Mater Chem Front, 2020, 4, 3216
Polymer, 2019, 185, 121942
Muhammad Ikram, PhD in Physical Chemistry, Heilongjiang University
Research interest: MOF-based micromotors and their applications
J Mater Chem A, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D1TA03578A.
Chem Mater, 2020, 32, 7215
J Mater Chem A, 2019, 7, 14602
Salah Eddine Ghellab, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology
Research interest: Active colloids and their transportation
Phys Rev Lett, 2020, under revision.
Colloids and surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2017, 160, 697.
Chem Phys Lett, 2018, 706, 515.
Nawishta Jabeen, PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Research interest: Light-driven micromotors
Adv Mater, 2017, 32, 1700804.
ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2016, 09, 6093.
ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2016, 09, 33732.
Mohammad Tavakkoli Yaraki, PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore
Part Part Syst Charact, 2020, 2000027.
Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2020, 22, 5673.
Renew Sust Energ Rev, 2019, 107, 535.
Xiyuan Zhang, 2019
Yurou Li, 2020
Jinyu Wu, 2017, PhD candidate of Zhejiang University
Aohan Li, 2017, PhD candidate of Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
Wenjie Lai, 2017
Zihao Wang, 2018
Feifan, Hu, 2018
Shengjie He, 2019
Yiyang Zhang, 2019
Yicheng Yang, 2019
Publications (*corresponding author)
A Rastmaneh, MT Yaraki*, J Wu, Z Wang, P Ghoderao, Y Gao* & YN Tan*, Bioinspired micro/nanomotors towards self-powered non-invasive diagnosis and treatment of cancer, Mol Syst Des Eng, under review.
ZH Shah, N Yu, S Wang, X Zhou, G Lin, SA Edwards, M Yang* and Y Gao*, Active self-assembly of colloidal machines with internal rotational degrees of freedom via coordination of phoresis and osmosis, under review.
S Wang, L Zhou, Y Gao*, Can bulk nanobubbles be stabilized by electrostatic interactions, under review.
X Zhou, S Wang, L Xian, Y Li, ZH Shah, G Lin & Y Gao*, Ionic effects in ionic diffusiophoresis of chemically-driven active colloids, under revision.
S Wang, L Zhou, X Wang, J Hu, L Pan, G Lin, Y Gao*, L Zhang*, C Wang*, Collective dynamics of bulk nanobubbles with size-dependent surface tension, Langmuir, accepted.
M Ikram, H Lv, Z Liu, K Shi*, Y Gao*, Hydrothermally derived p-n MoS2-ZnO from p-p MoS2-ZIF-8 for efficient detection of NO2 at room temperature, J Mater Chem A, accepted.
L Lei, S Wang, X Zhang, W Lai, J Wu & Y Gao*, Phoretic self-assembly of active colloidal molecules, Chin Phys B, 2021, 30, 056112.
S Wang, Y Chen, X Zhou, L Lei, ZH Shah, G Lin & Y Gao*, Magnetic manipulation and assembly of nonmagnetic colloidal rods in ferrofluid, Langmuir, 2021, 37, 1429.
ZH Shah, S Wang, L Xian, X Zhou, Y Chen, G Lin & Y Gao*, Highly efficient chemically-driven micromotors with controlled snowman-like morphology, Chem Comm, 2020, 56, 15301 (封面论文).
G Lin, L Xian, X Zhou, S Wang, ZH Shah, SA Edwards & Y Gao*, Design and One-Pot Synthesis of Capsid-Like Gold Colloids with Tunable Surface Roughness and Their Enhanced Sensing and Catalytic Performances, ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2020, 15, 50512.
C Zhou, N Suematsu, Y Peng, Q Wang, X Chen, Y Gao & W Wang, Coordinating an ensemble of chemical micromotors via a spontaneous synchronization, ACS nano, 2020, 14, 5360.
A Zottl, KE Klop, AK Balin, Y Gao, JM Yeomans & DGAL Aarts, Dynamics of individual Brownian rods in a microchannel flow, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 5810.
Z Shah, X Xu, S Wang, Y Li, Y Chen, H Shan & Y Gao*, Synthesis of two-patch particles with controlled patch size via nonequilibrium solidification of droplets on rods, Polymer, 2019, 177, 91.
S Wang, L Zhou, X Wang, C Wang, Y Dong, Y Zhang, Y Gao, L Zhang & J Hu, Force spectroscopy revealed a high gas density state near the graphite substrate inside surface nanobubbles, Langmuir, 2019, 35, 2498.
J Abbott, J Spiers, Y Gao, RPA Dullens & DGAL Aarts, Colloidal rods in optical potential energy landscapes, J Phys D: Appl Phys, 2018, 52, 024002.
X Yao, Z Liu, M Ma, Y Chao, Y Gao & T Kong, Control of Particle Adsorption for Stability of Pickering Emulsions in Microfluidics, Small, 2018, 14, 1802902.
Y Gao*, RPA Dullens & DGAL Aarts, Bulk synthesis of silver-head colloidal rodlike micromotors, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 7119 (封面论文)
Y Gao*, F Romano, RPA, Dullens, J Doye & DGAL Aarts, Directed self-assembly into low-density colloidal liquid crystal phases, PRMaterials, 2018, 2, 015601.
Y Gao*, V Farkas, RPA Dullens & DGAL Aarts, Structural disorder, filament growth and self-poisoning in short rods confined onto a flat wall, Soft Matter, 2017, 13, 8678 (封面论文)
Representative publications before joining Shenzhen University
Phys Rev Lett, 2015, 115, 248301.
Phys Rev Lett, 2007, 99, 078301.
Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 6360.
Opt Express, 2014, 22, 10046.
Opt Express, 2009, 17, 4685.
Alumni and their current positions
Zameer Hussain Shah, Postdoc (2017.11-2020.10), Postdoc at Delaware University
Yurou Li, Undergraduate (2020), Graduate student at Shenzhen University
Longbin Xian, Undergraduate (2020), Graduate student at Shenzhen University
Yi Chen, Undergraduate (2020), Graduate student at Shenzhen University
Lingjie Cui, Undergraduate (2020)
Ruyi Chen, Undergraduate (2020), Xinghuo Semi-Conductor Technology
Xinnan Xu, Undergraduate (2019), Master student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hailin Zou, Undergraduate (2019), Master student at the Science and Technology University of Hong Kong
Huiyi Zhu, Undergraduate (2019), Master student at the Science and Technology University of Hong Kong
Yuqing Ma, Undergraduate (2019), Master student at Rice University, United States
Chengqi Wang, Undergraduate (2019), Dolby Laboratories
Hang Li, Undergraduate (2019), Civil servant of Guangzhou
Luotong Huang, Undergraduate (2018), Self-employment
Yuting Wang, Master, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Research assistant (2018), PhD student at Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Hongying Shan, Master, Oxford Brooks University, Research assistant (2017), Beijing University Shenzhen Hospital
We are always keen in recruiting highly-motivated students and postdocs.