We make nanomaterials and nanodevices with new and superior properties. Our motivation is to help solving current problems in energy-related technologies, environmental monitoring, and medical imaging and treatment. The main focus or our research is on organic and hybrid materials made by bio-inspired assembly. We use surfactant and lipid bilayers as scaffolds to create nanometer-thin membranes with uniform nanopores that can be used for building nanoreactors and nanosensors. Recent examples of our work include "nanorattles" containing metal nanoparticles in porous nanocapsules and hybrid materials made by ship-in-a-bottle assembly. Members of our interdisciplinary team learn diverse modern techniques, travel to national research facilities, and express their creativity in awesome projects.
1. Zhang, Y.; Tekobo, S.; Tu, Y.; Zhou, Q.; Jin, X.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E.; Yan, B. Permission to Enter Cell by Shape: Nanodisk vs Nanosphere, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2012, 4, 4099-4105, featured in Chemical & Engineering News.
2. Kim, M.D.; Dergunov, S.A.; Lindner, E.; Pinkhassik, E. Dye-Loaded Porous Nanocapsules Immobilized in a Permeable Polyvinyl Alcohol Matrix: a Versatile Optical Sensor Platform, Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 84, 2695-2701, featured on the front cover.
3. Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Synergistic Co-Entrapment and Triggered Release in Hollow Nanocapsules With Uniform Nanopores, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 19656-19659.
4. Shmakov, S.N.; Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E. Ship-in-a-bottle entrapment of molecules in porous nanocapsules, Chemical Communications, 2011, 47, 8223-8225; featured on the front cover.
5. Shmakov, S.; Pinkhassik, E., Simultaneous Templating of Polymer Nanocapsules and Entrapped Silver Nanoparticles, Chemical Communications, 2010, 46, 7346-7348.
6. Dergunov, S.A.; Miksa, B.; Ganus, B.; Lindner, E.; Pinkhassik, E., Nanocapsules with "Invisible" Walls, Chemical Communications, 2010, 46, 1485-1487.
7. Tekobo, S.; Pinkhassik, E., Directed Covalent Assembly of Rigid Organic Nanodisks Using Self-Assembled Temporary Scaffolds, Chemical Communications, 2009, 1112-1114.
8. Dergunov, S.A.; Pinkhassik, E., Functionalization of Nanopores in Nanometer-Thin Organic Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2008, 47, 8264-8267; highlighted in SYNFACTS, 2009, 32.
9. Danila, D.C., Banner, L.T.; Karimova, E.J. Tsurkan, L.; Wang, X.; Pinkhassik, E., Directed Assembly of Sub-Nanometer Thin Organic Materials with Selective Nanopores, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2008, 47, 7036-7039.