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Department of Chemical Engineering
Wenlong Cheng

Wenlong Cheng

Associate Professor
+61 3 990 53147
Room 302, Building 82, Clayton Campus
2010-current, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University; 2006-2009, Research Associate, BioEngineering, Cornell University, USA; 2005-2006, Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellow, Materials Science, Max Planck Institut fr Mikrostrukturphysik, Germany
nanoparticles, DNA, electrochemistry, nanobiomaterials, green chemical synthesis, sustainable nanofabrication

Teaching Commitments:

  • CHE4162
  • CHE3161
  • CHE3172


  • Selected Publications
  • Yi Chen, Zi Ouyang, Min Gu and Wenlong Cheng*, Mechanically Strong, Optically Transparent, Giant Metal Superlattice Nanomembranes From Ultrathin Gold Nanowires. Advanced Materials 2012, published online.
  • Yi Chen and Wenlong Cheng*, DNA-based plasmonic nanoarchitectures: from structural design to emerging applications. Wires Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology 2012, in press.
  • Khee Chaw Ng and Wenlong Cheng*, Fine-tuning longitudinal plasmon resonances of nanorods by thermal reshaping in aqueous media. Nanotechnology 2012, 23, 105602.
  • Khee Chaw Ng, Indika B. Udagedara, Ivan D. Rukhlenko, Yi Chen, Yue Tang, Malin Premaratne, and Wenlong Cheng*, Free-Standing Plasmonic-Nanorod Superlattice Sheets. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 925-934
  • Khee Chaw Ng, Aisha Qi, Leslie Y. Yeo, James Friend, and Wenlong Cheng*, Evaporative Self-assembly of Gold Nanorings via a Surface Acoustic Wave Atomization. Proc. SPIE 2011, 8204, 820434, doi: 10.1117/12.903172.
  • Yi Chen, Jing Fu, Khee Chaw Ng, Yue Tang and Wenlong Cheng*, Free-standing Polymer-Nanoparticle Superlattice Sheets Self-Assembled at the Air-Liquid Interface. Crystal Growth & Design 2011, 11, 4742-4746.
  • Yi Chen, Khee Chaw Ng, Wenyi Yan, Yue Tang and Wenlong Cheng*, Ultraflexible plasmonic nanocomposite aerogel. RSC Advances 2011, 1, 1265-1270
  • Michael J. Campolongo, Shawn J. Tan, Detlef-M. Smilgies, Mervin Zhao, Yi Chen, Iva Xhangolli, Wenlong Cheng*, and Dan Luo* Crystalline Gibbs Monolayers of DNA-Capped Nanoparticles at the AirLiquid Interface. ACS Nano 2011, 5, 7978-7985.
  • Shawn J. Tan, Michael J. Campolongo, Dan Luo, Wenlong Cheng*, Building Plasmonic Nanostructures with DNA. Nature Nanotechnology, 2011, 6, 268-276.
  • Michael J. Campolongo, Jason Kahn, Wenlong Cheng, Dayong Yang, Tiffany Gupton-Campolongo, and Dan Luo, Adaptive DNA-Based Materials for Switching, Sensing, and Logic Devices. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 6113-6121.
  • Yue Tang and Wenlong Cheng*, Metallic Nanoparticles As Advanced Electrocatalysts, Accepted to the special issue Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment Sustainability in the Science of Advanced Materials (invited).
  • Rong Long, Chung-Yuen Hui, Wenlong Cheng, Michael J. Campolongo, and Dan Luo, Size Effect on Failure of Pre-stretched Free-Standing Nanomembranes. Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5, 1236-1239.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Mark R. Hartman, Detlef-M. Smilgies, Rong Long, Michael J. Campolongo, Ruipeng Li, Karthik Sekar, Chung-Yuen Hui, and Dan Luo, Probing in Real-Time the Soft Crystallization of DNA-Capped Nanoparticles. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2010, 49, 380-384.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Michael J. Campolongo, Shawn J. Tan, and Dan Luo, Freestanding Ultrathin Nano-membranes via Self-assembly. Nano Today 2009, 4, 482-493.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Michael J. Campolongo, Judy J. Cha, Shawn J. Tan, Christopher C. Umbach, David A. Muller, and Dan Luo, Free-Standing Nanoparticle Superlattice Sheets Controlled by DNA. Nature Materials, 2009, 8, 519-525 (Full Article paper).
  • Jong Lee, Young Roh, Soong Um, Hisakage Funabashi, Wenlong Cheng, Judy Cha, David Muller, and Dan Luo, Multifunctional Nano-architectures from DNAbased ABC Monomers. Nature Nanotechnology, 2009, 4, 430-436.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Nokyoung, Park, Todd, M. Walter, Mark and Dan Luo, Nanopatterning Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Superlattices by Moulding Microdroplets. Nature Nanotechnology, 2008, 3, 682-690 (Cover Article).
  • Wenlong Cheng*, Martin Steinhart, Ulrich Goesele, and Ralf B. Wehrsohn, Tree-like alumina nanopores generated in a non-steady-state anodization. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2007, 17, 3493-3495.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, Spontaneous Fractal Aggregation of Gold Nanoparticles and Controlled Generation of Aggregate-Based Fractal Networks at Air/Water Interface. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 19213-19218.
  • Wenlong Cheng and Erkang Wang, Size-Dependent Phase Transfer of Au Nanoparticles from Water into Toluene by Tetraoctylammonium Cations: A Wholly Electrostatic Interaction. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2004, 108, 24-26.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, 2D and 3D Self-Assembled Au-Nanoparticle/CoTMPyP Nanostructured Materials: Film Structure, Tunable Electrocatalytic Activity and Plasmonic Properties. J. Phys. Chem. B 2004, 108, 19146-19154.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Iodine-Induced Gold Nanoparticle Fusion/Fragmentation/Aggregation and Iodine-Linked Nanostructured Assemblies on a Glass Substrate. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2003, 42, 449-452.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Site-Selective Self-Assembly of MPA-Bridged CuHCF Multilayers on APTMS-Supported Gold Colloid Electrodes. Chem. Mater., 2003, 15, 2495-2501.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Colloid Chemical Approach to Nanoelectrode Ensembles with Highly Controllable Active Area Fraction. Anal. Chem., 2002, 74, 3599-3604.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Interdigited Phospholipid/Alkanethiol Bilayers Assembled on APTMS-Supported Gold Colloid Electrodes Electroanalysis, 2004, 16, 127-131.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Synthesis and Self-Assembly of CTAB Capped Gold Nanoparticles Langmuir, 2003, 19, 9434-9439.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Junguang Jiang, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, Alternate Assemblies of Thionine and Au-nanoparticles on an Amino Functionalized Surface Chem. Commun., 2002, 1706-1707.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Gold Nanoparticles as Fine Tuners of Electrochemical Properties of the Electrode/Solution Interface Langmuir, 2002, 18, 9947-9952.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Shaojun Dong, and Erkang Wang, Studies of Electrochemical Quantized Capacitance Charging of Surface Ensembles of Silver Nanoparticles Electrochem. Commun., 2002, 4, 412-416.
  • Wenlong Cheng, Xiaojun Han, Zhangquan peng, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, Investigation of Electrochemical Charging Behaviors of "Naked" Gold Nanoparticles Ensembles in Aqueous Media Chin. J. Chem. 2002, 20, 1031-1037.
  • Aiguo Wu, Wenlong Cheng, Zhuang Li, Junguang Jiang, Erkang Wang, Electrostatic-assembly metallized nanoparticles network by DNA template, Talanta 2006, 68, 693-699.
  • Xiaoge Hu, Wenlong Cheng, Tie Wang, Yuling Wang, Erkang Wang and Shaojun Dong, Fabrication, Characterization, and Application in SERS of Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte-Gold Nanorod Multilayered Films J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109,19385-19389.
  • Xiaoge Hu, Wenlong Cheng, Tie Wang, Erkang Wang and Shaojun Dong, Well-ordered End-to-End linkage of Gold Nanorods Nanotechnology 2005, 16, 2164.
  • Minghua, Huang, Yan Shen, Wenlong Cheng, Yong Shao, Xuping Sun, Baifeng Liu, Shaojun Dong, Nanocomposite films containing Au nanoparticles formed by electrochemical reduction of metal ions in the multilayer films as electrocatalyst for dioxygen reduction Analytica Chimica Acta 2005, 535, 15-22.
  • Rongbo Zheng, Wenlong Cheng, Zheling, Zhang, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, Synthesis of Tellurium Nanorods via Spontaneous Oxidation of NaHTe at Room Temperature Chem. Phys. Lett. 2004, 395, 302-305.
  • Xiaoge Hu, Tie Wang, Wenlong Cheng, Erkang Wang and Shaojun Dong, Synthesis and Assembly of Metal Nanowires Chin. J. Anal. Chem. 2004, 32, 1240-1245.
  • Xiaojun Han, Wenlong Cheng, Zheling, Zhang, Shaojun Dong and Erkang Wang, Direct Electron Transfer Between Hemoglobin and a Glassy Carbon Electrode Facilitated by Lipid-protected Gold Nanoparticles Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 2002, 1556, 273-277.
  • Book Chapters
  • Bio-Mediated Assembly of Ordered Nanoparticle Superstructures, Wenlong Cheng, Shawn J Tan, Michael J Campolongo, Mark R Hartman, Jason S Kahn, and Dan Luo, in Comprehensive Nanoscience and Technology, in press 2010, Elsevier.
  • Nucleic Acid Engineering, Wenlong Cheng, Liang Ding, Hisakage Funabashi, Nokyoung Park, Soong Ho Um, Jianfeng Xu, Dan Luo, in System Biology and Synthetic Biology, ISBN-10: 0471767786.
  • Inorganic Nanoparticle Modified Surfaces for Electrochemical and Biosensing Applications, Shaojun Dong and Wenlong Cheng, in Handbook of Electrochemical Nanotechnology, ISBN-10: 158883039X.
  • Patents
  • Dan Luo and Wenlong Cheng, Self-assembly of Nanoparticles Through Nucleic Acid Engineering (US/12/933,231).
  • Dan Luo and Wenlong Cheng, Apparatus and Method for Forming Self-Assembly Arrays (US/12/888,146).

Professional Association:

Materials Research Society
Alexander von Humboldt Society

Research Interests:

  • Plasmonic Nanoparticles
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Nanomaterials for clean energy
  • Plasmonic nanomaterials for photothermal therapy