Yan Zhao

Professor [CHEM]
Dept:Chemistry
Office:3101d Hach
2438 Pammel Dr.
Ames IA
50011-1079
Phone:515-294-5845
Website:http://www.chem.iastate.edu/faculty/Yan_Zhao/research.html

The biological world has unparalleled abilities to control structures, functions, reactions, and energy transfer with great efficiency and accuracy. Rational engineering of environments, however, remains a difficult challenge. We develop platforms for biomimetic environmental control of catalysts, including conformationally tunable oligocholates, surface-cross-linked micelles (SCMs), and interfacially cross-linked reverse micelles (ICRMs). We are currently developing enzyme-mimetic catalysts for selective decomposition of bacterial signal molecules and for important chemical and biological transformations.

Peer-Reviewed Articles (68)