Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh from the University of Connecticut visited the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on June 1. During his visit, he delivered a lecture entitled Properties of Self-Assembled Discoidal Bicelles and Their Potential Applications in Bionanotechnology.
Dr. Nieh’s research mainly focuses on the studies of liposomes and their self-assembled structure. In his report, Dr. Nieh introduced his group’s wok on the development of stable, self-assembled uniform nano-size unilamellar vesicles/liposomes (ULVs) (20 nm < diameter < 50 nm) from phospholipid mixtures. The spontaneous formation needs no extrusion, enabling the mass production of ULVs. These ULVs have demonstrated the capabilities to incorporate peptides, encapsulate water-soluble molecules as well as thermally controlled-release entrapped contents.
Introduction to Mu-Ping Nieh
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (1998)
Nanostructural characterization of soft materials
Self-assembled targeting carriers for in-vivo delivery
Aligning freely standing relevant biomimetic model membrane
Structural phase diagrams of phospholipid mixtures (e.g., bicelles)
Polymer hydrogels, proton exchange membrane
Explosive detecting materials
2005-2010 Research Officer, NRC, Canada
2004 Research Associate, Univ. Guelph, Canada
2002-2003 Visiting Fellow, NRC, Canada
Awards & Honors
2008 NRC – Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS) “Significant Partnership” Award
2002-2004 Visiting Fellowship, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada