Younan Xia: Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award

Combining chemistry and engineering to prepare well-defined nanostructured materials

Younan Xia is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award. Xia has joint appointments in three Georgia Tech academic units: the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Xia joined Georgia Tech in 2012 as the Brock Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Nanomedicine.

Xia’s selection is based on creativity, breadth, insight, and leadership in various research areas, including rational syntheses of nanocrystals for catalysis, photonics, electronics, display, and medical applications. Xia’s contributions to chemistry, materials science, and biomedical engineering combine science and engineering to address the preparation and use of nanostructured materials.

A prolific researcher, Xia has been named among the Top 10 Chemists in 1999-2009 by Times Higher Education and the Top 100 Chemists and Top 100 Materials Scientists in 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters. Xia has also been designated a Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry and in Materials every year since the program’s launch in 2014 by Thomson Reuters.

Xia is recognized for pioneering expertise in applying physical principles to define the evolution of metal atoms to nanocrystals with well-controlled shapes and properties. Since joining Georgia Tech, Xia has focused on seed-mediated growth of metal nanocrystals. His methods enable precise control of size, shape, composition, and structure of the nanocrystals. Some key advances are illustrated by the following papers:

Xia’s work on nanoparticles also have medical applications. For example, the 2014 review “Engineered nanoparticles for drug delivery in cancer therapy,” published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, summarized the state-of-the-knowledge in cancer treatment using nanoparticles

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” says Xia. “I am grateful to my Ph.D. thesis advisor, Prof. George Whitesides at Harvard, who taught me the importance of having results published and, most importantly, how to put together a scientific publication effectively. I am also grateful to my former and current group members, as well as my collaborators, for their invaluable contributions.”

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