Zhiqun Lin
3100K, MoSE

Zhiqun Lin is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on nanostructured functional materials (NanoFM). An extensive list of materials currently under investigation in his group includes polymer-based nanocomposites, block copolymers, polymer blends, conjugated polymers, quantum dots (rods, tetrapods, wires), magnetic nanocrystals, metallic nanocrystals, semiconductor metal oxide nanocrystals, ferroelectric nanocrystals, multiferroic nanocrystals, upconversion nanocrystals, thermoelectric nancrystals, core/shell nanoparticles (nanorods), hollow nanocrystals, Janus nanocrystals, nanopores, nanotubes, hierarchically structured and assembled materials, and semiconductor organic-inorganic nanohybrids.

The goal of his research is to understand the fundamentals of these nanostructured materials. His group intends to create these nanostructures in a precisely controllable manner and to exploit the structure-property relationships in the development of multifunctional materials for potential use in energy conversion (e.g., solar cells, photocatalysis, and hydrogen generation) and storage (e.g., batteries), electronics, optics, optoelectronics, magnetic materials and devices, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. The current research projects are:

Current research projects:

A General and Robust Strategy for Monodisperse Functional Nanocrystals (i.e., Plain, Core/Shell, Hollow and Janus Nanocrystals)

 Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

 Materials for Energy Storage (Li-ion Batteries)

 Materials for Hydrogen Generation and Photocatalysis

 Materials for Thermoelectrics

 Self-Assembly of Polymers and Nanocrystals

 Functional Nanocomposites

 Synthesis, Characterization and Self-Assembly of Nonlinear Functional Homopolymers and Block Copolymers via a Combination of Living Polymerizations (e.g., ATRP and RAFT) and Click Reaction

 Functional Nanomaterials

For more information, click on Nanostructured Functional Materials (NanoFM) research group website (


Research Challenges: 
Shuang Liang
Mingyue Zhang
Selected publications: 

Representative Publications (* = Corresponding Author)

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1. Y. He, Y. J. Yoon, Y. W. Harn, G. V. Biesold-McGee, S. Liang, C. H. Lin, V. V. Tsukruk, N. Thadhani, Z. Kang, and Z. Lin*, "Unconventional Route to Dual-Shelled Organolead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals with Controlled Dimensions, Surface Chemistry and Stabilities”, Science Advances 5, eaax4424 (2019).

2. Y. Chen, Z. Wang, Y. He, Y. J. Yoon, J. Jung, G. Zhang, and Z. Lin*, "Light-Enabled Reversible Self-Assembly and Tunable Optical Properties of Stable Hairy Nanoparticles”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United State of America, 115, E1391 (2018)

3. M. He, B. Li, X. Cui, B. Jiang, Y. He, Y. Chen, D. O’Neil, P. Szymanski, M. A. EI-Sayed, J. Huang, and Z. Lin*, "Meniscus-Assisted Solution Printing of Large-Grained Perovskite Films for High-Efficiency Solar Cells”, Nature Communications8, 16045 (2017).

4. X. Pang, Y. He, J. Jung, and Z. Lin*, "1D Nanocrystals with Precisely Controlled Dimension, Composition and Architecture”, Science353, 1268 (2016).

5. H. Xu, Y. Xu, X. Pang, Y. He, J. Jung, H. Xia, and Z. Lin*, "A general route to nanocrystal kebabs periodically assembled on stretched flexible polymer shish”, Science Advances1, e1500025 (2015).

6. X. Pang, L. Zhao, W. Han, X. Xin, and Z. Lin*, "A general and robust strategy for the synthesis of nearly monodisperse colloidal nanocrystals”, Nature Nanotechnology8, 426 (2013).