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A research team jointly led by NanoEngineering professors, Ping Liu and Shyue Ping Ong, have discovered a new anode material known as disordered rocksalt. This new anode material enables lithium-ion batteries to safely recharge within minutes for thousands of cycles. 

NanoEngineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, and her Center for Nano-Immunoengineering have received a grant to work toward developing a new treatment for liver cancer by combining ablation with immunotherapy from a plant virus.

Researchers led by Nanoengineering professor, Nicole Steinmetz, have developed a more targeted way to deliver pesticides to food crops. Using a plant virus as a nanocarrier will result in decreasing the amount of required pesticide and reducing the chemical accumulation in our food and water.

NanoEngineering professor, Shirley Meng, along with other scientists from UC San Diego and Idaho National Laboratory, have discovered a noncystalline "glassy" lithium that had never previously been observed.

NanoEngineering professor, Sheng Xu and his research lab have developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films.  This new method results in the perovskites showing fewer defects, enhanced stability and more efficiency for use in solar cells and optical devices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in researchers designing a high number of vaccines. New nanotechnologies has been playing a large role in these designs.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UC San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The UC San Diego labs funded by this new MRSEC, which includes those from the NanoEngineering Department, will focus on

Professor Nicole Steinmetz and her Center for Nano-Immuno-Engineering have received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting from Dr.

NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Liangfang Zhang and his research lab have developed a way to use nano-scale particles in the form of nanosponges as a way to soak up harmful pathogens and toxins from viruses. This advancement could help protect healthy cells against the COVID-19 infection. 

NanoEngineering professors, Dr. Joseph Wang and Dr. Liangfang Zhang, have developed an enzyme-powered Janus platelet cell robot to use for active and targeted drug delivery. This breakthrough can help develop multi-functional cell-based micromotors for numerous biomedical applications.

Dept News

Congratulations to our students who were named recipients of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. We are proud of each student and their huge accomplishment:


Congratulations to Dr. Chava Angell on receiving her Ph.D in NanoEngineering for her defense on “Co-Opting Rolling Circle Amplification to Create Lower Cost DNA Nanostructures”.

Congratulations to Chemical Engineering undergraduate, Dora Ogbonna, who was selected as a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. She is the only student selected from UC San Diego this year, and the first student ever to be selected from the NanoEngineering Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Zihan Xu on receiving her Ph.D in NanoEngineering for her defense on “Photodetection in Disordered Materials”. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her well on exploring career opportunities in the industry! 


Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne E. Lemaster (Jokerst Bioimaging Lab), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "The Development and Application of Nanoparticles for Cell Tracking and Multimodal Imaging" was presented on December 4, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Shangting You (Chen Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Manipulating Light-Matter Interactions in Photopolymerization-Based Microscale 3D Printing" was presented on December 5, 2019. Dr.

Congratulations to Ashay Anurag (Kummel Lab), who recently received his M.S. in NanoEngineering. His thesis defense on "Passivation for Selective ALD and CVD of Metals, Metal Oxides and Metal Silicides" was presented on December 5, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Soto (Joseph Wang's Nanobioelectronics), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Engineering Micro/Nanorobots Towards Biomedical Applications:Targeted Delivery, Surgery and Detoxification" was presented on October 16, 2019. Dr.

The Department of NanoEngineering would like to congratulate Professor Shaochen Chen for being awarded the Best Undergraduate Instructor in the Jacobs School of Engineering.  Dean Albert Pisano was on hand to personally present Dr. Chen with his award. 

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher M. Coaty (Electrochemical Materials Science Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Conversion Reaction Synthesis: A Versatile and Scalable Route to Nanoporous Transition Metals" was presented on September 10, 2019.