Applied functional nanomaterials

Professor Chengzhong (Michael) Yu is an internationally recognised expert in materials science. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow.

Professor Yu is an ARC Future Fellow (2009). He is the recipient of the 2015 Le Févre Memorial Prize for Chemistry (The Australian Academy of Science), 2015 UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Research Focused Fellowship, 2009 Innovation Award of the Chemistry Academy of China, the 2009 Young Scientist Award of the Ceramic Society of China, the 2005 New Century Scientist Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education, the 2004 Young Scientist Award from the Chemistry Academy of China, 2004 the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award in China , 2004 the second prize of the National Science Award of China 2004, and 2002 the Shanghai Science & Technology Progress Award. He has been invited to give more than 70 plenary, keynote and invited talks. Professor Yu is a referee for more than 50 international journals. He is a reviewer for the ARC and NHMRC; and a grants peer review panel member for the NHMRC in 2012.

Industry Engagement & Collaborations

  • 2015 ARC linkage project-Nano-Pesticides for Animal Healthcare
  • 2014 ARC linkage project- Scalable and applicable nanostructured adsorbents for arsenic removal with high performance
  • Queensland Government Smart Futures Research Partnership Project with Pfizer
  • Biomarker detection with Ellume
  • Next-generation animal feed additive development
  • 2017 ARC linkage project-A Nano-platform for Affordable and Ultra-sensitive Bio-marker Detection
  • 2018 Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships Nanotechnology for next-generation termiticides

Professor Yu has collaborations with scientists in chemistry, material science and chemical engineering from the US, Japan, Scotland, Sweden, France and China. Through these collaborations, more than 30 international journal papers have been published.

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Professor Yu has attracted five Discovery Projects, three Linkage Projects and three Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities grants from the ARC, and grants from the Cancer Council Queensland; Queensland Government, Cotton Research and Development Corporation and other funding agencies. He has undertaken a number of collaborative projects with commercial partners. Before he joined AIBN in 2010, he attracted 12 grants from the National Science Foundation of China; the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology; the Chinese Education Ministry; and Shanghai Government.

Key Publications

Song H, Ahmad Nor Y, Yu MH, Yang YN, Zhang J, Zhang HW, Xu C, Mitter N, Yu CZ. (2016) Silica Nano-Pollens Enhance Adhesion for Long-Term Bacterial Inhibition. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 6455-6462.

Zhang HW, Noonan O, Huang XD, Yang YN, Xu C, Zhou L, Yu CZ. (2016) Surfactant-Free Assembly of Mesoporous Carbon Hollow Spheres with Large Tunable Pore Sizes. ACS Nano, 2016, 10(4), 4579-4586.

Ahmad Nor, Y.; Zhou, L.; Meka, A.; Xu, C.; Niu, Y. T.; Zhang, H. W.; Mitter, N.; Mahony, D.; Yu, C. Z. Engineering iron oxide hollow nanospheres to enhance antimicrobial property: understanding the cytotoxic origin in organic rich environment. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26 (30), 5408-5418.

Niu, Y. T.; Yu, M. H.; Hartono, S. B.; Yang, J.; Xu, H. Y.; Zhang, H. W.; Zhang, J.; Zou, J.; Dexter, A.; Gu, W. Y.; Yu, C. Z. Nanoparticles Mimicking Viral Surface Topography for Enhanced Cellular Delivery. Adv. Mater., 2013, 25(43), 6233–6237.

Jambhrunkara, S.; Yu, M. H.; Yang, J.; Zhang, J.; Shrotria, A.; Endo-Munozb, L.; Moreau, J.; Lu, G. Q.; Yu, C. Z. Stepwise pore size reduction of ordered nanoporous silica materials at angstrom precision. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (23), 8444–8447.

Abbaraju, P.; Meka, A.; Song, H.; Yang, Y. N.; Jambhrunkar, M.; Zhang, J.; Xu, C.; Yu, M. H.; Yu, C. Z. Asymmetric silica nanoparticles with tunable head-tail structures enhance hemocompatibility and maturation of immune cells. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139(18), 6321-6328.

Yang, Y. N.; Lu, Y.; Abbaraju, P. L.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, M.; Xiang, G. Y.; Yu, C. Z. Multi-shelled Dendritic Mesoporous Organosilica Hollow Spheres: Roles of Composition and Architecture in Cancer Immunotherapy. Angew. Chem. 2017, 56, 8446-8450.

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