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Yuebing Zheng

Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-0228
Office: ETC 9.174

Dr. Yuebing Zheng is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is affiliated with Materials Science & Engineering program and the Texas Materials Institute. Dr. Zheng received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010. After three years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles, he joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in the fall of 2013.

Zheng research group explore and exploit nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interfaces of photonics, fluidics, and molecular engineering. Our mission is to 1) develop and apply advanced analytical nanotools to improve fundamental understanding of light and matter at the nanoscale; 2) leverage our improved understanding to design and manufacture novel nanomaterials and nanodevices that will benefit energy, healthcare, and national security; and 3) cross-train our students in the multiple fields of engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology. Current research is categorized into three related topic areas: molecular measurements, molecular plasmonics, and plasmofluidics.

Our research findings have been recognized with awards such as the 2014 Beckman Young Investigator Award, the 2014 Graduate School Alumni Society Early Career Awards from the Pennsylvania State University, the 2010 Alumni Association Dissertation Award from the Pennsylvania State University, the 2009 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, the 2009 Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, and the 2008 American Academy of Mechanics Founder's Grant and Prize from the Robert M. and Mary Haythornwaite Foundation.

Most Recent Publications

  1. Y. B. Zheng, B. K. Pathem, J. N. Hohman, J. C. Thomas, M. H. Kim, and P. S. Weiss, "Photoresponsive Molecules in Well-Defined Nanoscale Environments," Advanced Materials, Vol. 25, (2013), pp. 302-312
  2. H. Li, D. X. Chen, Y. L. Sun, Y. B. Zheng, L. L. Tan, P. S. Weiss, and Y. W. Yang, "Viologen-Mediated Assembly of and Sensing with Carboxylatopillar[5]arene-Modified Au Nanoparticles," Journal Of The American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, (2013), pp. 1570-1576
  3. B. K. Pathem, Y. B. Zheng, S. Morton, C. H. Chung, M. Å. Petersen, M. B. Nielsen, Y. Yang, L. Jensen, and P. S. Weiss, "Photoreaction of Matrix-Isolated Dihydroazulene-Functionalized Molecules on Au{111}," Nano Letters, Vol. 13, (2013), pp. 337-343
  4. B. K. Pathem, S. A. Claridge, Y. B. Zheng, and P. S. Weiss, "Molecular Switches and Motors on Surfaces," Annual Review Of Physical Chemistry, Vol. 64, (2013), pp. 605-630
  5. Y. B. Zheng, J. L. Payton, T.-B. Song, B. K. Pathem, Y. Zhao, H. Ma, Y. Yang, L. Jensen, A. K.-Y. Jen, and P. S. Weiss, "Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Probe Photoreaction Pathways and Kinetics of Isolated Reactants on Surfaces: Flat vs. Curved Substrates," Nano Letters, Vol. 12, (2012), pp. 5362-5368
  6. Y. B. Zheng, B. Kiraly, P. S. Weiss, and T. J. Huang, "Molecular Plasmonics for Biology and Nanomedicine," Nanomedicine, Vol. 7, (2012), pp. 751-770
  7. L. Yan, Y. B. Zheng, F. Zhao, S. Li, X. Gao, B. Xu, P. S. Weiss, and Y. Zhao, "Chemistry and Physics of a Single Atomic Layer: Strategies and Challenges for Functionalization of Graphene and Graphene-Based Materials," Chemical Society Reviews, Vol. 41, (2012), pp. 97-114
  8. C.-C. Chen, L. Dou, R. Zhu, C.-H. Chung, T.-B. Song, Y. B. Zheng, S. Hawks, G. Li, P. S. Weiss, and Y. Yang, "Visibly Transparent Polymer Solar Cells Produced by Solution Processing," ACS Nano, Vol. 6, (2012), pp. 7185-7190
  9. B. K. Pathem, Y. B. Zheng, J. L. Payton, T.-B. Song, B.-C. Yu, J. M. Tour, Y. Yang, L. Jensen, and P. S. Weiss, "Effect of Tether Conductivity on the Efficiency of Photoisomerization of Azobenzene-Functionalized Molecules on Au{111}," Journal Of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 3, (2012), pp. 2388-2394
  10. Y. B. Zheng, J. L. Payton, C.-H. Chung, R. Liu, S. Cheunkar, B. K. Pathem, Y. Yang, L. Jensen, and P. S. Weiss, "Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Probe Reversibly Photoswitchable Azobenzene in Controlled Nanoscale Environments," Nano Letters, Vol. 11, (2011), pp. 3447-3452
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