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Emory Chan


Staff Scientist, Inorganic Nanostructures


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Postdoctoral fellow, Molecular Foundry with Dr. Delia Milliron

Ph. D., Chemistry, UC Berkeley with Prof. Paul Alivisatos and Prof. Richard Mathies,

B. S., Chemistry, Stanford University with Prof. Hongjie Dai


Dr. Chan’s expertise lies in the combinatorial and high-throughput synthesis of colloidal inorganic nanoparticles. As part of the Foundry’s Combinatorial Nanoscience theme, Dr. Chan developed WANDA, a robot for high-throughput nanocrystal synthesis. He also supports analytical tools for high throughput optical and structural characterization, including the confocal Raman microscope and plate readers for UV/Vis/NIR absorption, luminescence, XRD, and DLS.

My research group synthesizes colloidal nanocrystals as substrates for patterning complex materials. The three major thrusts of our group's research are: (1) Combinatorial nanocrystal synthesis: developing computational and high- throughput approaches to precisely synthesize large libraries of nano- and mesostructures to systematically screen and unravel their physical properties. (2) Engineering energy transfer networks among lanthanide- and transition metal dopants to unravel their optical properties and tune them for near-infrared imaging in deep tissue. (3) Leveraging biologically inspired strategies to pattern energy and materials across assemblies of nanocrystals with nanometer resolution.

Selected Publications

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