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Donglei Fan

Associate Professor

Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-5874
Office: ETC 9.154

Dr. Donglei Fan is an Associate Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Assistant Graduate Advisor of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin since 2010. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Department of Intensive Instruction, an honor program for gifted youth, in Nanjing University (NJU) in 1999, master's (2003) and doctorate (2007) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She also obtained another master's degree in Electrical Engineering from JHU in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at JHU.

In 2012, Prof. Fan received the prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award. Her work on bottom-up assembling of inorganic nanomotors was selected as the #3 of "10 discoveries that will shape the future in 2014" by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Focus magazine. Dr. Fan was also one of 60 US and Europe young engineers invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2013 EU-US Frontier of Engineering Symposium in France. She was competitively selected to attend the National (NAS) Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium in 2014. She was featured by "Woman in Nanoscience," an NSF supported scientific blog highlighting achievements of woman scientists in US. She was honored as a Recognized Mentor by the Siemens Foundation in 2012, a finalist of the Beckman Young Investigator Award (24 finalists nationwide), a finalist of 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, and nominated for the 2010 MIT Technology Review's TR35 award, which recognizes the world's top young innovators. She received NSF Fellowship for the California Institute of Technology Summer Program (2007), Postdoctoral Fellowship at JHU, Scholarship for Excellence each year at JHU(1996~1999), and early admission to JHU waived of National College Examination and awarded the Freshman Scholarship (1995). She won multiple awards in national/state academic competitions in Physics, Biology and Mathematics in high and middle schools.

Dr. Fan's research aims at investigating innovative approaches to bridge the fabrication of nanomaterials with their applications in biochemical sensing, MEMS/NEMS, nanorobots, and energy conversion and storage devices. Intensive research has revealed that nanoentities often exhibit unique electronic, mechanical, optical and magnetic properties. In most cases, these properties are far superior to those of the bulk materials due to the Quantum Confinement Effect and large surface areas. However, the applications of nanomaterials are still largely hindered by the difficulties in manipulation and integration of them into useful devices. Dr. Fan invented a powerful and non-destructive technique, called "Electric Tweezers," for the manipulation of nanoentities in suspension by combined ac and dc electric fields. The manipulation includes transport and rotation that can lead to separation, concentration, joining and assembly, etc. Dr. Fan's work has spurred a series of publications in journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, The Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Nano Today, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, as well as a few patent disclosures. Her work was widely reported by the academic news media such as NSFNIH, Nano Today, MRS Bulletin, BBCAPS News, World Gold Council, and had been selected multiple times by Virtual Journals of Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Selected Publications

  1. D. L. Fan, Z. Z. Yin, R. Cheong, F. Q. Zhu, R. C. Cammarata, C. L. Chien, A. Levchenko, "Sub-Cellular resolution delivery of a cytokine through precisely manipulated nanowires", Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 5, (2010), pp. 545 - 551
  2. Kwanoh Kim, X. B. Xu, J. H. Guo and D. L. Fan , "Ultrahigh speed rotating nanomotors assembled from nanoscale building blocks", Nature Communications, Vol. 5, (2014), pp. 3632
  3. X. B. Xu, K. Kim and D. L. Fan, "Tunable Release of Multiplex Biochemicals by Plasmonically Active Rotary Nanomotors", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 127, (2015), pp. 2555-2559
  4. K. Kim, J. H. Guo, X. B. Xu and D. L. Fan, "Micromotors with Step-Motor Characteristics by Controlled Magnetic Interactions among Assembled Components", ACS Nano, Vol. 9, (2015), pp. 548-554
  5. X. B. Xu, K. Kim, H. Li and D. L. Fan, "Ordered Arrays of Raman Nanosensors for Ultrasensitive and Location Predictable Biochemical Detection", Advanced Materials,(featured on the back cover), Vol. 24, (2012), pp. 5457- 5463

Most Recent Publications

  1. Jianhe Guo, Jeremie J. Gallegos, Ashley R. Tom, and D. L. Fan*, "Electric-Field Guided Precision Manipulation of Catalytic Nanomotors for Cargo Delivery and Powering Nanoelectromechanical Devices", ACS Nano, 12, 1179-1187 (2018) doi: 10.1021/acsnano.7b06824
  2. K. Kim, J. H. Guo, Z. X. Liang, and D. L. Fan*, "Artificial Micro/Nanomachines for Bio-applications: Biochemical Delivery and Diagnostic Sensing", Advanced Functional Materials, 28, 1705867 (2018) DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201705867
  3. Jing Liu#, Jianhe Guo#, Guowen Meng and D. L. Fan*, "Superstructural Raman Nanosensors with Integrated Dual Functions for Ultrasensitive Detection and Tunable Release of Molecules", Chemistry of Materials, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01979 (2018)
  4. Weigu Li, Marshall C Tekell, Chang Liu, Jacob A Hethcock, and D. L. Fan*, "Flexible All-Solid-State Supercapacitors of High Areal Capacitance Enabled by Porous Graphite Foams with Diverging Microtubes", Advanced Functional Materials, DOI:10.1002/adfm.201800601 (2018)
  5. W. G. Li, X. B. Xu, C. Liu, M. Tekell, J. Ning, J. H. Guo, J. C. Zhang, and D. L. Fan*, "Ultralight and Binder-Free All-Solid-State Flexible Supercapacitors for Powering Wearable Strain Sensors", Advanced Functional Materials, 27, 1702738, (2017) DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201702738
  6. Jianhe Guo, Andrew Chan, Weigu Li, and D. L. Fan*, "Kirkendall Effect in Creating Three-Dimensional Metal Catalysts for Hierarchically Porous Ultrathin Graphite with Unique Properties", Chemistry of Materials, 29, 4991–4998 (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01518
  7. Weigu Li, Jianhe Guo, and D. L. Fan*, "Three-Dimensional Graphite-Polymer Flexible Strain Sensors with Ultrasensitivity and Durability for Real-Time Human Vital Sign Monitoring and Musical Instrument Education", Advanced Materials Technologies, 2, 1700070 (2017) DOI: 10.1002/admt.201700070
  8. C. Liu, Z. Wang, E. Li, X. Liang, S. Chakravarty, X C. Xu, A. X. Wang*, Ray T. Chen* and D. L. Fan*, "Electrokinetic-Manipulation Integrated Plasmonic-Photonic Hybrid Raman Nanosensors with Dually Enhanced Sensitivity", ACS Sensors, 2, 346–353 (2017)
  9. K. Kim, Z. X. Liang, M. L. Liu, and D. L. Fan*, "Biobased High-Performance Rotary Micromotors for Individually Reconfigurable Micromachine Arrays and Microfluidic Applications", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9, 6144-6152 (2017)
  10. Longjun Li, Chao Liu, Guang He and D. L. Fan, and Arumugam Manthiram, "Design of Hierarchical Pore-in-Pore and Wire-in-Wire Catalysts for Rechargeable Hybrid Li-air Batteries with Ultra-long Cycle Life and High Cell Efficiency", Energy & Environmental Science, 8, 3274- 3282 (2015) doi: 10.1039/C5EE02616D
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