Department of Chemistry
The City College of New York-CUNY

News & Highlights
Scientific American on May 2, 2008 in the news, “A Silver Coating in the Fight against Microbes”.

The New York Times on April 9, 2008 in Technology Innovation, “Harnessing Biology, and Avoiding Oil, for Chemical Goods”.

Prof. John featured in ‘Mathrubhumi’, National Newspaper, India on March 09, 2008.
  Biobased Organic Synthesis  |  Molecular Gels and Drug-Delivery  |  Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Catalysis  |  Polymers and Coatings
Self-Assembled Functional Architectures  |  Undergraduate Research

Research - Self- Assembled Functional Architectures

Self-assembled functional architectures. Bioinspired molecular design and materials. Our research focuses on the interdisciplinary frontier of organic materials. We integrate the knowledge and techniques in organic chemistry, materials science, supramolecular chemistry, green chemistry, and nanotechnology to design new biofunctional materials for the exploration in molecular assemblies, development of soft nanomaterials and biomimetics, and other fundamental problems. Molecular self-assembly leading to nanostructured morphologies and materials; for example, lipid nanotubes, helical nanofibers, vesicles, liquid crystals and low molecular weight gelators from synthetic/biobased amphiphiles, which could be of use in drug/gene delivery and health care applications.

Related Publications:

John, G., Vemula, P. K. ‘Crops: A Green Approach Towards Self-Assembled Soft Materials’ Accounts of Chemical Research 41, 769-782, (2008). INVITED.

John, G., Vemula, P. ‘Design and Development of soft nanomaterials from biobased amphiphiles’ Soft Matter, 2, 909-914 (2006). INVITED highlights, Front cover page feature.

Zhu, H., George John, Wei, B. ‘Synthesis of Assembled Copper Nanoparticles from Copper-Chelating Glycolipid Nanotubes’, Chem. Phys. Lett. 405, 49. (2005).

Yui, H., Guo, Y., Koyama, K., Sawada, T. George John, Yang, B., Masuda, M. and Shimizu, T. Local Environment and Property of Water inside the Hollow Cylinder of a Lipid Nanotube, Langmuir, 21, 721-727 (2005).

George John, Mason, M, Ajayan, P. M. and Dordick, J. S. ‘Lipid-Based Nanotubes as Functional Architectures with Embedded Fluorescence and Recognition Capabilities’ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 15012 (2004).

George John, J. S. Dordick, ‘Self-assembled Lipid Nanotube Materials from Synthetic Glycolipids.’ Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. 89, 171 (2003).

Frusawa, H., Fukagawa, A., Ikeda, Y., Araki, J., Ito, K. George John and Shimizu, T. ‘Aligning a Single-Lipid Nanotube with Moderate Stiffness’. Angew. Chem, Int. Ed. 2, 72-74 (2003).


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