Zauscher Lab | Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

Author Archive

Congrats! Paper in Macromolecular Rapid Communications Accepted!

The paper entitled “Salt responsive morphologies of ssDNA-based triblock polyelectrolytes in semi-dilute regime: effect of volume fractions and polyelectrolyte length” by N.Li, H. Kuang, W.H. Fuss, S. Zauscher, E. Kokkoli, and Y.G. Yingling was accepted in Macromolecular Rapid Communications.

Two-Dimensional Lead(II) Halide-Based Hybrid Perovskites Templated by Acene Alkylamines: Crystal Structures, Optical Properties, and Piezoelectricity


The paper: “Two-Dimensional Lead(II) Halide-Based Hybrid Perovskites Templated by Acene Alkylamines: Crystal Structures, Optical Properties, and Piezoelectricity,” by Ke-zhao Du, Qing Tu, Xu Zhang, Qiwei Han, Jie Liu, Stefan Zauscher, and David B. Mitzi, is in press in ACS Inorganic Chemistry.

Congratulations Dr. Qing Tu!

Qing Tu just passed his PhD defense with flying colors! Congratulations Qing, excellent work!
His dissertation is entitled: “Interfacial Properties of Graphene and 2D Materials Heterostructures Investigated by Scanning Probe Microscopy.”

Lei’s Paper on ssDNA Synthesis Accepted by Angewandte, Congratulations!

Lei’s paper entitled “High Molecular Weight Polynucleotides by Transferase-Catalyzed Living Chain-Growth Polycondensation,” was accepted by Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations Lei and Luis! DOI: 10.1002/anie.201700991R2

Congrats Qing!

Qing just got his paper: “Interfacial Mechanical Properties of Graphene on Self-Assembled Monolayers: Experiments and Simulations” published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

Qing Tu, Ho Shin Kim, Thomas J. Oweida, Zehra Parlak, Yaroslava G Yingling, and Stefan Zauscher
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Just Accepted Manuscript, February 2017.
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b16593


Congrats Yaying!

Yaying just got his paper “Hybrid (Organic/Inorganic) Electrodes From Bacterially Precipitated CdS for PEC/Storage Applications,” published in J. Phys. Chem. C. 

Hybrid (Organic/Inorganic) Electrodes From Bacterially Precipitated CdS for PEC/Storage Applications
Yaying Feng, Edgard Ngaboyamahina, Katherine E. Marusak, Yangxiaolu Cao, Lingchong You, Jeffrey T. Glass, and Stefan Zauscher
J. Phys. Chem. C, Just Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b11387


Highly Cited Paper in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science

Model cell membranes: Techniques to form complex biomimetic supported lipid bilayers via vesicle fusion, published in 2013 is one of the most highly cited papers in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016.



Congrats Kate!

Kate got her paper on bacterially-fabricated CdS QD published in RSC Advances.

Marusak, K.E., Feng, Y., Eben, C.F., Payne, S.T., Cao, Y., You, L., and Zauscher, S. “Cadmium sulphide quantum dots with tunable electronic properties by bacterial precipitation,” RSC Advances, 2016,6, 76158-76166.


Congratulations to Dr. Lei Tang for a Successful PhD Defense!

Lei Tang defended her PhD dissertation entitled: “Enzymatic Polymerization of High Molecular Weight DNA” with flying colors. Congratulations!

Rob Ferris (former Zauscherlab Grad Student) places 5th in Solo RAAM!

Congratulations Rob! Truly an amazing achievement!

RT-MRSEC and Zauscher Win Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education!

The Graduate School created the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education to acknowledge extraordinary achievements by departments and programs that help create an environment of inclusive excellence in graduate education.
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The Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC), based in the Duke Pratt School of Engineering, was launched in September 2011 as a national resource for materials science and engineering research and education. The NSF-funded center includes faculty and students from Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Since its founding, MRSEC has set and met ambitious targets for diversity and inclusion that exceed the targets of the average center funded by the NSF. Over the last five years, the center has:

  • Successfully attracted and recruited a diverse cohort of Ph.D. students. Of the 28 graduate students who voluntarily reported in 2015 through, nine (32 percent) were female and four (14 percent) were from underrepresented groups. Cumulatively, from 2011 to 2016, an impressive 46 percent of the graduate students and postdocs within the RT-MRSEC were either female or identified as being from an underrepresented group.
  • Strategically hired promising postdocs and research faculty from underrepresented groups.
  • Recruited a diverse cohort of participants to its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Of the 43 students who have participated in MRSEC’s REU program since 2012, 20 (47 percent) identified as belonging to an underrepresented group. A number of past REU participants have gone on to join Ph.D. programs in sciences and engineering.
  • Extensively collaborated with Texas State University—a Hispanic-serving institution—through the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program. The collaboration includes mutual working visits, the participation of Texas State students in MRSEC’s REU program, and MRSEC postdocs traveling to Texas State for mock faculty interviews.
  • Increased the diversity of the center participants at all levels and the diversity of STEM participants in general, through sustained, individual efforts by the MRSEC director and investigators.
  • Organized and participated in numerous outreach efforts to increase the diversity of participants in STEM and, more specifically, in materials research-related activities.

CR-AFM Paper Published in ACS-Nano!

Congratulations to the team of authors, the paper “Quantitative Subsurface Atomic Structure Fingerprint for 2D Materials and Heterostructures by First-Principles Calibrated Contact-Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy,” just got published in ACS-NANO!



Congratulations to Yaying Feng, Dan French, and Luis Navarro!
They passed their qualification examinations with flying colors.

Review on Nanopatterned Polymer Brushes!

Qian Yu, Linnea K. Ista, Renpeng Gu, Stefan Zauscher, and Gabriel P. López, “Nanopatterned Polymer Brushes: Conformation, Fabrication and Applications,” Nanoscale, in press, 2015.

New predictive insights into the morphology of diblock-co-polymer micelles

Li, N.K., Fuss. W.H., Tang, L., Gu, R., Chilkoti, A., Zauscher, S., Yingling, Y. G. “Prediction of solvent-induced morphological changes of polyelectrolyte diblock copolymer micelles,” Soft Matter, 2015, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01742D



Stefan Zauscher becomes Director of the NSF Research Triangle MRSEC

On September 1, Prof. Zauscher became PI of the Research Triangle MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) and took over the directorship of the center from Prof. Gabriel Lólgthumb_triangleMRSECpez.


Zauscher CV August 2015

Click for: CV_Zauscher_2015.


Lab Hike June 2015


Congratulations to Qing Tu!

Congratulations to Qing for passing his prelim with flying colors. Looking forward to the next phase of research!


Congratulations to Dr. Eric Zhang!

Eric passed his dissertation defense today!
His dissertation is entitled: Conformational and Mechanical Characterization  of Organic Tin Films on Surfaces by Neutron Reflection and Atomic Force Microscopy
Congrats Eric!

Zauscherlab Summer 2014

Lab lunch in August 2014.
From left to right (back row): Qing Tu, Yaying Feng, Prof. Stefan Zauscher, Daniel French and Luis Navarro
From left to right (front row):Renpeng Gu, Miriam Simon, Dr. Zehra Parlak, Kate Marusak, and Lei Tang
Missing: Dr. Isao Aritome, Eric Zhang, Madhurima Vardhan, Gene Wong

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HIV-1 Antibodies and Vaccine Antigen Selectively Interact with Lipid Domains

Greg’s paper was just published in BBA – Biomembranes. Congrats Greg!

2014 Biointerface Science GRC, Il Ciocco

The 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Biointerface Science was a resounding success. Thanks go to all the speakers and discussion leaders, for presenting thought provoking new material and for providing excellent discussions! A link to the program can be found here: 2014 Biointerface Science GRC Program

I also would like to thank the sponsors, including GRC, NSF, ARO, ONR-G, ICAM, Biointerphases, Oxford Instruments, NSF Triangle MRSEC, and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.



Congratulations Lei!

Congratulate Lei Tang for passing her preliminary exam today, well done Lei!