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Eugene Zubarev

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Our research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of functional organic-inorganic nanostructures. We are mainly interested in self-assembly of these hybrid structures, which may result in emergence of previously unseen physical and chemical properties. Unraveling the mechanisms of molecular self-assembly and establishing its dependence on the chemical structure is the long-term goal of our research. Specifically, there are four ongoing projects in our group: 1) Synthesis of well-defined gold nanorods with various aspect ratios, their covalent functionalization with polymer chains, and the self-organization of nanocrystals into ring-like superstructures using the "breath figures" effect. 2) Synthesis of taxol-functionalized gold nanoparticles, their self-assembly in aqueous solutions, and study of their anticancer and biological activity. 3) Amphiphilic gold, platinum, and palladium nanoparticles, formation of their well-defined aggregates in solution, and their ability to catalyze organic reactions. 4) Preparation of CdS quantum wires and nanorods, study of their optical properties, fluorescence, and gelation of organic solvents.


Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R. "High-Yield Synthesis of Gold Nanorods with Longitudinal SPR

Peak Greater than 1200 nm Using Hydroquinone as a Reducing Agent" Chem. Mater. 2013, 25,


Nauert, S.; Paul, A.; Zhen, Y.-R.; Solis, D.; Vigderman, L.; Chang, W.-S.; Zubarev, E. R.;

Nordlander, P.; Link, S. "Influence of Cross Sectional Geometry on Surface Plasmon Polariton

Propagation in Gold Nanowires" ACS Nano 2014, 8, 572-580.

Chantry, R. L.; Atanasov, I.; Siriwatcharapiboon, W.; Khanal, B. P.; Zubarev, E. R.; Horswell, S.

L.; Johnston, R. L.; Li, Z. Y. "An Atomistic View of the Interfacial Structures of AuRh and AuPd

Nanorods" Nanoscale 2013, 5, 7452-7457.

Zubarev, E. R. "Nanoparticle Synthesis: Any Way You Want It" Nature Nanotechnology 2013, 8, 396-


Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R. "Therapeutic Platforms Based on Gold Nanoparticles and Their

Covalent Conjugates with Drug Molecules" Adv. Drug Delivery Rev. 2013, 65, 663-676.

Yan, Z. J.; Pelton, M.; Vigderman, L.; Zubarev, E. R.; Scherer, N. F. "Why Single-Beam Optical

Tweezers Trap Gold Nanowires in Three Dimensions" ACS Nano 2013, 7, 8794-8800.

L. Vigderman, B. P. Khanal and E. R. Zubarev Functional Gold Nanorods: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Sensing Applications.  Adv. Mater., 24 2012: 4811-4841

A. Paul, D. Solis, Jr., K. Bao, W.-S. Chang, S. Nauert, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, P. Nordlander, and S. Link Identification of Higher Order Long-Propagation-Length Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes in Chemically Prepared Gold Nanowires.  ACS Nano, 6 2012: 8105-8113

B. Wild, L. Cao, Y. Sun, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev, S. K. Gray, N. F. Scherer, and M. Pelton Propagation Lengths and Group Velocities of Plasmons in Chemically Synthesized Gold and Silver Nanowires.  ACS Nano, 6 2012: 472-482

L. Vidgerman, P. Manna, and E. R. Zubarev Quantitative Replacement of Cetyl Thimethylammonium Bromide by Cationic Thiol Ligands on the Surface of Gold Nanorods and Their Extremely Large Uptake by Cancer Cells.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51 2012: 636-641

Y. Bao, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, and C. Jiang Robust Multilayer Thin Films Containing Cationic Thiol-Functionalized Gold Nanorods for Tunable Plasmonic Properties.  Langmuir, 28 2012: 923-930

R. A. Alvarez-Puebla, E. R. Zubarev, N. A. Kotov, L. M. Liz-Marzán Self-assembled nanorod supercrystals for ultrasensitive SERS diagnostics.  Nano Today, 7 2012: 6-9

B. Senyuk, J. S. Evans, P. J. Ackerman. T. Lee, P. Manna, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, J. van de Lagemaat, and I. I. Smalyukh Shape-Dependent Oriented Trapping and Scaffolding of Plasmonic Nanoparticles by Topological Defects for Self-Assembly of Colloidal Dimers in Liquid Crystals.  Nano Lett., 12 2012: 955-963

L. Vigderman and E. R. Zubarev Starfruit-Shaped Gold Nanorods and Nanowires: Synthesis and SERS Characterization.  Langmuir, 28 2012: 9034-9040

R. A. Alvarez-Puebla, A. Agarwal, P. Manna, B. P. Khanal, P. Aldeanueva-Potel, E. Carbo-Argibay, N. Pazos-Perez, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, N. A. Kotov, and L. M. Liz-Marzan Gold nanorods 3D-supercrystals as surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy substrates for the rapid detection of scrambled prions.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 2011: 8157-8161

A. A. Ezhov, G. A. Shandryuk, G. N. Bondarenko, A. S. Merekalov, S. S. Abramchuk, A. M. Shatalova, P. Manna, E. R. Zubarev, and R. V. Talroze Liquid-Crystalline Polymer Composites with CdS Nanorods: Structure and Optical Properties.  Langmuir, 27 2011: 13353-13360

W.-S. Chang, B. A. Willingham, L. S. Slaughter, B. P. Khanal, L. Vigderman, E. R. Zubarev, and S. Link Low-absorption losses of strongly coupled surface plasmons in nanoparticle assemblies.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 2011: 19879-19884

P. Swanglap, L. S. Slaughter, W.-S. Chang, B. Willingham, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev, and S. Link Seeing Double: Coupling between Substrate Image Charges and Collective Plasmon Modes in Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Superstructures.  ACS Nano, 5 2011: 4892-4901

C. Singh, Y. Hu. B. P. Khanal. E. R. Zubarev, F. Stellacci and S. C. Glotzer Striped nanowires and nanorods from mixed SAMS.  Nanoscale, 3 2011: 3244-3250

Solis, D.; Chang, W.-S.; Khanal, B. P.; Bao, K.; Nordlander, P.; Zubarev, E. R.; Link, S. Bleach Imaged Plasmon Propagation (BlIPP) in Single Gold Nanowires.  Nano Lett., 10 2010: 3482-3485

Critchley, K.; Khanal, B. P.; Gorzny, M. L.; Vigderman, L.; Evans, S. D.; Zubarev, E. R.; Kotov, N. A. Near-Bulk Conductivity of Gold Nanowires as Nanoscale Interconnects and the Role of Atomically Smooth Interface.  Adv. Mater., 22 2010: 2338-2342

W.-S. Chang, L. S. Slaughter, B. P. Khanal, P. Manna, E. R. Zubarev, S. Link One-Dimensional Coupling of Gold Nanoparticle Plasmons in Self-Assembled Ring Superstructures.  Nano Lett., 9 2009: 1152-1157

Khanal, B. P.; Zubarev, E. R. Polymer-Functionalized Platinum-On-Gold Bimetallic Nanorods.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48 2009: 6888-6891

B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev Purification of High-Aspect-Ratio Gold Nanorods: Complete Removal of Platelets.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 2008: 12634-12635

J. D. Gibson, B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev Paclitaxel-Functionalised Gold Nanoparticles.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129 2007: 11653-11661

B. P. Khanal, E. R. Zubarev Rings of Nanorods.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46 2007: 2195-2198(Inside Cover Article)

E. R. Zubarev, J. Xu, A. Sayyad, J. D. Gibson Amphiphilic Gold Nanoparticles with V-shaped Arms.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 2006: 4958-4959

E. R. Zubarev, J. Xu, A. Sayyad, J. D. Gibson Amphiphilicity-Driven Organization of Nanoparticles into Discrete Assemblies.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 2006: 15098-15099

J. Xu, E. R. Zubarev Supramolecular Assemblies of Starlike and V-Shaped PB-PEO Amphiphiles.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43 2004: 5491-5496

J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev Synthesis and Self-Assembly of a Heteroarm Star Amphiphile with 12 Alternating Arms and a Well-Defined Core.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125 2003: 11840-11841

D. Julthongpiput, Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk Y-Shaped Amphiphilic Brushes with Switchable Micellar Surface Structures.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125 2003: 15912-15921

Eugene Zubarev Research

  • B. S. Chemistry (1993) Moscow State University
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (1997) Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Chemistry of inorganic nanostructures, polymer chemistry, colloidal chemistry, surface chemistry, self-assembly, catalysis
Email: zubarev@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-3761
Office: BioScience Res Collaborative, 325