Our research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of colloidal metallic 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 three 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, and 3) Amphiphilic gold, platinum, and palladium nanoparticles, formation of their well-defined aggregates in solution, and their ability to catalyze organic reactions.
Eugene Zubarev was born on May 4, 1971 and grew up in Astrakhan, Russia. He¬†received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from¬†Moscow¬†State University¬†(1993, GPA 5.0/5.0) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from¬†Russian Academy of Sciences (Dec. 25, 1996).¬† He worked as a research associate at the¬†University of¬†Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern¬†University¬†before moving to¬†Iowa State University¬†where he spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.¬† In 2005 he moved to the Rice University Chemistry Department and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in July 2009.¬† His current research is focused on molecular self-assembly, synthesis of gold nanocrystals, and hybrid materials.