Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Duan Hongwei

Assistant Chair (Graduate Studies), School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor
Division of Bioengineering
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Phone: (+65)6514 1019
Office: N1.3-B3-12

  • PhD Max Planck Inst of Colloids & Interfaces 2005
  • MS (Polymer Chem) Fudan University 2002
  • BS (ApplChem) Fudan University 1999
Dr. Duan received his B.S. and M.S. (with Prof. Ming Jiang) degrees from Fudan University in Chemistry and Macromolecular Sciences. He completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry under Prof. Helmuth Möhwald at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Postdam University in 2005. After that, he moved to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Shuming Nie. Before joining the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Sep 2009, he was an Assistant Professor (research track) in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University.
Research Interests
His current research is focused on two major areas including nanomaterials engineering and biomedical nanotechnology. The goal of this work is to develop new technological platforms for early detection and targeted therapy of major human diseases such as cancer. Ongoing projects in his group include semiconductor quantum dots for live cell imaging and biomarker profiling, multifunctional nanoparticles for integrated cancer imaging and therapy, self-assembled nanostructures for disease-targeted drug/gene delivery and ultrathin films based arrays for ultrasensitive biodetection.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-) [by MOE]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2016-) [by MOE]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2015-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 3 (2014-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Defence Science and Technology Agency (2014-) [by MINDEF - Defence Medical Research Institute, DSTA]
Current Projects
  • Caged Magnetoplasmonic Nanocrystals with Multi-Modality Antimicrobial Activities
  • Development of Electrochemical Biosensor Detection Platform for Cancer Biomarkers Based on Graphene Composite Materials
  • Nanogapped Plasmonic Nanostructures: towards Surface Enhanced Optical Properties
  • Raman-Active Plasmonic Vesicles as Theranostic Cancer Nanomedicine
  • Selective Contact-Active Cationic Antimicrobial Biomacromolecules
  • Selective contact-active antimicrobial bio-macromolecules
  • Synthesis of Nanoenergetic Particles for Detonation of Nanoenergetic Particles-Gaseous Fuels in Pulsed Detonation Engines
Selected Publications
  • Xiao F, Song JB, Gao HC, Zan XL, Xu R, Duan HW. (2012). Coating Graphene Paper with 2D-Assembly of Electrocatalytic Nanoparticles: A Modular Approach toward High-Performance Flexible Electrodes. ACS Nano, 6(1), 100-110.
  • Xu HY, Aguilar ZP, Yang L, Kuang M, Duan HW, Xiong YH, Wei H, Wang A. (2011). Antibody conjugated magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for cancer cell separation in fresh whole blood. Biomaterials, 32(36), 9758-9765.
  • Song JB, Cheng L, Liu AP, Yin J, Kuang M, Duan HW. (2011). SERS-Active Nanoparticles for Sensitive and Selective Detection of Cadmium Ion (Cd(2+)). Chemistry of Materials, 23(21), 4756-4764.
  • Cheng L, Song JB, Yin J, Duan HW. (2011). Self-Assembled Plasmonic Dimers of Amphiphilic Gold Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2(17), 2258-2262.
  • Gao HC, Xiao F, Ching CB, Duan HW. (2011). One-Step Electrochemical Synthesis of PtNi Nanoparticle-Graphene Nanocomposites for Nonenzynnatic Amperometric Glucose Detection. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 3(8), 3049-3057.

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