Solving Small


Thinking Big!


Welcome to the Jiang Research Lab!

Our group focuses on applying scanning probe-based nanotechnology in nanostuctures design and properties investigation. We are developing a hybrid technique by combining scanning probe microscopy with optical spectroscopy to understand and predict the single-molecule processes at the nano-scale, including charge transfer, electron localization and generation, photoabsorption and photoemission, which provides new insights into the discover and design of new optical and electronic devices.

Group News:

APR 2019

  • Sayantan Mahapatra’s paper “Angstrom Scale Chemical Analysis of Metal Supported Trans– and Cis-Regioisomers by Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Mapping ” is accepted by Nano Letters.

MAR 2019

FEB 2019

  • Nan gave a seminar at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of California State University, Northridge.
  • Jeremy traveled to Elizabeth Ide Elementary School to perform a series of science demonstrations for second graders.

JAN 2019

  • Nan gave a seminar at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Loyola University Chicago.

NOV 2018

  • Nan gave a seminar at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Lanzhou University.

OCT 2018

  • Welcome graduate student Kai Wang and Dairong Liu to the group.
  • Nan gave an invited talk at SciX 2018: The Great Scientific Exchange.
  • Jeremy gave an oral talk at AVS National Meeting.
  • Sayantan presented his new TERS work at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Student Research Symposium.

SEPT 2018

  • Nan gave two talks at the Center for Quantum Nanoscience, Ewha Womans University and The University of Hong Kong.
  • Jeremy won AVS Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant.
  • Jeremy’s work, “In a Small Window”, was been selected as this year’s 3rd Place winner in the “Image of Research” at UIC. Congratulations again, Jeremy!
  • Our high school student Aliza presented our new TERS results in AVS Prairie Chapter Symposium 2018.
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AUG 2018

  • Nan was invited to give a talk at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2018.
  • Nan gave an invited talk and Jeremy presented a poster on The International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) 2018 in Jeju, Korea.
  • Jeremy got The Best Poster Award on ICORS 2018! Many congratulations, Jeremy!

JUL 2018

  • Welcome undergraduate student Brian Spencer from Kennedy King College to the group.

JUN 2018

  • Our lab has been awarded a National Science Foundation Fund!
  • Our lab has been awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund!

MAY 2018

  • Welcome Dr. Linfei Li to the group!
  • EunByoel Kim received “The Leonard Kotin Award for Physical Chemistry”. Congratulations, EunByoel!

APR 2018

  • Jeremy received the Bodmer Travel Award, and will present his work at the 26th International Conference on Raman spectroscopy in Korea.

FEB 2018

JAN 2018

  • Nan was invited to give a seminar at the Department of Physics, the University of Utah.

DEC 2017

  • Our new article “Probing Intermolecular Vibrational Symmetry Breaking in Self-Assembled Monolayers with Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” was accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Check it at doi:10.1021/jacs.7b10645.
  • Zack graduated with a Master degree in Chemistry. Congratulations, Zack!

NOV 2017

  • Nan was invited to visit Surface and Interface Science Laboratory @ RIKEN, Japan.

OCT 2017

  • Welcome graduate student Sayantan Mahapatra to the group.
  • Philip and Jeremy presented at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Student Research Symposium. Jeremy won the first place for the poster competition. Congratulations, Jeremy!

SEPT 2017

  • We received the CURA (Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award) to support Erin Ehlers to work as a undergraduate researcher from fall 2017 to spring 2018.
  • Philip presented our new TERS results in AVS Prairie Chapter Symposium 2017.

JUN 2017

  • Welcome high school students Aliza Panjwani and Allison Korkmaz to the group.
  • Philip  was invited to present at science club at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

MAY 2017

  • We received the LASURI (The College of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Initiative) award to support EunByoel Kim to work as a undergraduate researcher from fall 2017 to spring 2018.

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