Yan Zhao

Professor [CHEM]
Office:3101d Hach
2438 Pammel Dr.
Ames IA

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 (76)