University of Amsterdam
 
Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Science (HIMS) is an internationally well- recognized scientific research institute both pure curiosity driven and application driven together with chemical-, food-, medical and high tech industries. The staff of HIMS plays a crucial role in the education programmes for bachelor- and master students and in educating PhD students of the University of Amsterdam.


Staff Expertise
  • The group of Hong Zhang is one of the leading groups of bio-functionalized upcovnersion nanomaterials in the world as it specialises in synthesis, bio-functionalization and physics of upconversion materials aiming at nanoplatforms for image-guided therapy of cancer. Zhang is also guest prof at Chinese Academy of Sciences (Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics) and chair prof at Northeast Normal University.

Key facilities and infrastructure
  • Synthesis facilities for nanoparticle preparation, surface functionalization and sophisticated state-of-the-art steady-state and time-resolved (down to femtosecond resolution) and spatially resolved spectroscopic setups with detection temperature reaching as low as 10K, including UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Fluorosens, femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption setups, time-correlated single photon counting emission detection setups with picosecond and nanosecond time resolution, confocal microscope, et al.
  • Group members of diverse backgrounds from physics, chemistry to biology stimulate multidisciplinary discussion, which is one of the unique advantages of our group for Early-Stage Researchers.

Previous involvement in Research and Training Programmes
  • 2006 - 2010 Joint research program between Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Chinese Academy of Sciences (06CDP005): Diagnosis and therapy of cancer using upconversion nanomaterials
  • 2007 - 2011 Joint PhD training program between Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (07PhD01): surface modification of bioactive nanoparticles
  • 2008 - 2012 Dutch Foundation of Materials(FOM) (08PR2575): Space-separated quantum cutting in Si nanocrystals
  • 2008 - 2012 Joint PhD training program between Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (08PhD06): Nanomaterials used in sensitive and highly specific detection of bacteria and malaria in blood
  • 2010 - 2014 Dutch Innovation Program (Ministry of Economy): Image-guided and/or targeted photodynamic therapy using novel photosensitizers and upconversion nanoparticles

Current Involvement in Research and Training Programmes
  • 2010 - 2015 Joint research program between Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Chinese Academy of Sciences (12CDP001): Targeting photonic fibres based on upcovnersion nanoparticle and application in rapid detection of bacteria
  • 2014 - 2017 Innovation project of State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Application of China: Luminescence dynamics of rare earth ions doped nanomaterials and carbon dots
  • 2014 - 2018 European COST program (CM1403): The European Upconversion Network: From the Design of Photon-upconverting Nanomaterials to (Biomedical)
  • 2014 - 2019 Ministry of Education of China: Disciplinary Innovation of Universities: Functional Micro- and Nano- Materials and Applications
  • 2015 - 2019 Natural Science Fundation of China (11474278): Challenges in developing upconversion nanophotosensitizers for image-guided therapy of cancer

Publications
  • Tu et al. Chem Soc. Rev. (2014) DOI:10.1039/c4cs00168k
  • Liu et al. ACS Nano 2012; 6:4054-4062
  • Xia et al. Biomaterials 2014; 35:4146-4156
  • Shao et al. Biomaterials 2012; 33:4336-4344
  • Song et al. 2012; 48:1156-1158


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