Selected Publication Figures



Nature Nanotechnology, 2017 DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.170



Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201707819




Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 16039-16043.





Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 2787-2791


J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 4978-4981.




J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 11014-11017.



Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 3168-3172.



J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114, 7727-7732.







Representative Publications:


From UTD

53. Chuanqi Peng, Jing Xu, Mengxiao Yu, Xuhui Ning, Yingyu Huang, Bujie Du, Elizabeth Hernandez, Payal Kapur, Jer-Tsong Hsieh and Jie Zheng. "Tuning in vivo transport of anticancer drugs with renal-clearable gold nanoparticles." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201903256 (2019).

52. Xingya Jiang, Bujie Du, Shaoheng Tang, and Jer-Tsong Hsieh and Zheng, Jie. "Photoacoustic Imaging of Nanoparticle Transport in the Kidneys at High Temporal Resolution." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 5994 –6000

51. Yu, Mengxiao, Jing Xu, and Jie Zheng. "Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: From the Bench to the Clinic." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4112 – 4128

50. Yu, Mengxiao. "How nanotechnology imaging can be used in kidney disease: an interview with Dr Mengxiao Yu." Nanomedicine 12, no. 24 (2018): 3071-3073.

49. Jiang, Xingya, Bujie Du, Yingyu Huang, and Jie Zheng. "Ultrasmall noble metal nanoparticles: Breakthroughs and biomedical implications." Nano Today (2018).

48. Bujie Du, Mengxiao Yu and Jie Zheng. "Transport and Interactions of Nanoparticles in the Kidneys." Nature Reviews Materials. (2018): 1.

47. Shaoheng Tang, and Jie Zheng. "Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles: Structural Effects." Advanced healthcare materials (2018): 1701503.

46. Xu, J., Yu, M., Peng, C., Carter, P., Tian, J., Ning, X., Zhou, Q., Tu Qiu., Zhang G., Dao A., Jiang X., Kapur, P., Hsieh, J., Zhao, X., Liu, P., Zheng, J., “Dose Dependencies and Biocompatibility of Renal Clearable Gold Nanoparticles: From Mice to Non-human Primates.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 266 –271.


45. Yingyu Huang, Lirit Fuksman, and Jie Zheng. "Luminescence mechanisms of ultrasmall gold nanoparticles" Dalton Transactions 47.18 (2018): 6267-6273.


44. J. Xu, M. Yu, P. Carter A, E. Hernandez, A. Dang, P. Kapur, J. T. Hsieh, J. Zheng. "In Vivo X-ray Imaging of Transport of Renal Clearable Gold Nanoparticles in the Kidneys", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017,56,13356–13360  (Highlighted as VIP).


43. Bujie Du, Xingya Jiang, Anindita Das, Qinhan Zhou, Mengxiao Yu, Rongchao Jin, Jie Zheng, "Glomerular barrier behaves as an atomically precise bandpass filter in a sub-nanometre regime" Nature Nanotechnology, 12, 10961102 (2017)


42. Yu, M., Zhou, C., Liu, L., Zhang, S., Sun, S., Hankins, J.D., Sun, X. and Zheng, J., 2017. Interactions of Renal-Clearable Gold Nanoparticles with Tumor Microenvironments: Vasculature and Acidity Effects. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, pp.4314-4319.


41. Ning, X., Peng, C., Li, E. S., Xu, J., Vinluan, R. D., Yu, M., & Zheng, J. (2017). Physiological stability and renal clearance of ultrasmall zwitterionic gold nanoparticles: Ligand length matters. APL Materials, 5(5), [053406]. DOI: 10.1063/1.4978381


40. Xu, J., Peng, C., Yu, M., Zheng, J. Renal clearable noble metal nanoparticles: photoluminescence, elimination, and biomedical applications. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2017. doi: 10.1002/wnan.1453


39. Peng, C., Gao, X., Xu, J., Du, B., Ning, X., Tang, S., Bachoo, R.M., Yu, M., Ge, W.P. and Zheng, J., 2017. Targeting orthotopic gliomas with renal-clearable luminescent gold nanoparticles. Nano Research, 4(10), pp.1366-1376.


38. Tang, S., Peng, C., Xu, J., Du, B., Wang, Q., Vinluan, R. D., Yu, M., Kim, M.J., Zheng, J. Tailoring Renal Clearance and Tumor Targeting of Ultrasmall Metal Nanoparticles with Particle Density. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 16039-16043. (Highlighted as VIP)


37. J.B. Liu, P.N. Duchesne, M.X. Yu, X.Y. Jiang, X.H. Ning, P. Zhang, J. Zheng. “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Size-independent Emissions”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016. 55, 8894-8898


36. X.Y. Jiang, B.J. Du, M.X. Yu, X. Jia, J. Zheng. "Surface-Ligand Effect on Radiosensitization of Ultrasmall Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles", J. Innov. Opt. Health. Sci., 9(04), 1642003.


35. S. Sun, X. Ning, G. Zhang, Y.C. Wang, C. Peng, J. Zheng. "Dimerization of Organic Dyes on Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles for Ratiometric pH Sensing", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 2421 –2424.


34. M. X. Yu, J. C. Zhou, B. J. Du, X. H. Ning, C. Authement, L. Gandee, P. Kapur, J. T. Hsieh, J. Zheng. “Noninvasive Staging of Kidney Dysfunction Enabled by Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 2787-2791 (2016) (Highlighted as VIP).


33. M. X. Yu, J. B. Liu, X. H. Ning, J. Zheng*. “High-contrast Noninvasive Imaging of Kidney Clearance Kinetics Enabled by Renal Clearable Nanofluorophores”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 15434-15438 (2015).

32. J. Zhao, S. Sun, L. Swartz, S. Riechers, P. Hu, S. Chen, J. Zheng, and G.Y. Liu. "Size-Independent Single-Electron Tunneling". J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015, 6 (24), 4986-4990.


31. M. X. Yu, J. Zheng. “Clearance Pathways and Tumor Targeting of Imaging Nanoparticles”. ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 6655–6674 (2015) (Invited review article, Highlighted as one of the "top 5 most read articles" of ACS Nano in July 2015).


30. R. Vinluan III, M. Yu, M. Gannaway, J. Sullins, J. Xu, and J. Zheng. "Labeling monomeric insulin with renal clearable luminescent gold nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2015, DOI:10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.5b00490. 


29. R. Vinluan III and J. Zheng, "Serum protein adsorption and excretion pathways of metal nanoparticles", Nanomedicine, 2015, DOI: 10.2217/nnm.15.97.


28. C.M. Hill, R. Bennett, C. Zhou, S. Street, J. Zheng, and S. Pan. "Single Ag Nanoparticle Spectroelectrochemistry via Dark-Field Scattering and Fluorescence Microscopes". J. Phys. Chem. C., 2015, 119 (12), 6760-6768.


27. S. Yang, S. Sun, C. Zhou, G. Hao, J. Liu, S. Ramezani, M. Yu, X. Sun, and J. Zheng. "Renal Clearance and Degradation of Glutathione-Coated Copper Nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2015,



26. R. Vinluan III, J. Liu, C. Zhou, M. Yu, S. Yang, A. Kumar, S. Sun, A. Dean, X. Sun, J. Zheng. "Glutathione-Coated Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A Surface Ligand for Minimizing Serum Protein Adsorption", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, DOI:10.1021/am5031374.


25. S. Sun, C. Zhou, S. Chen, J.B. Liu, J. Yu, J. Chilek, L. Zhao, M.X. Yu, R. Vinluan, B. Huang, and J. Zheng, "Surface-Chemistry Effect on Cellular Response of Luminescent Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/bc500008a.


24. J.B. Liu, M.X. Yu, X. Ning, C. Zhou, S.Y. Yang, and J. Zheng, "PEGylation and Zwitterionization: Pros and Cons in Renal Clearance and Tumor Targeting of Near-IR-Emitting Gold Nanoparticles", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, DOI:10.1002/anie.201304465. (Highlighted as VIP by Angewandte and Nanomedicine)


23. J.B. Liu, M.X. Yu, C. Zhou, and J. Zheng, "Renal Clearable Inorganic Nanoparticles: A New Frontier of Bionanotechnology", Mater. Today, 2013, accepted.


22. C. Zhou, S. Yang, J. Liu, M. Yu, and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A New Class of Nanoprobes for Biomedical Imaging”, Exp. Bio. Med., 2013, accepted.


21. J. Liu, M. Yu, C. Zhou, S. Yang, X. Ning, and J. Zheng, “Passive Tumor Targeting of Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: Long Tumor Retention and Fast Normal Tissue Clearance”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135(13), 4978-4981. (Featured in JACS Spotlights)


20. C. Zhou, G. Hao, T. Patrick, J. Liu, M. Yu, S. Sun, O. Oz, X. Sun, and J. Zheng, “Near Infrared Emitting Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles with Molecular Pharmacokinetics”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51(40), 10118-10122.


19. C. Zhou, J. Yu, Y. Qin, and J. Zheng, “Grain Size Effects in Polycrystalline Gold Nanoparticles”, Nanoscale, 2012, 4(14), 4228-4233. (Highlighted as the inside front cover)


18. J. Zheng, C. Zhou, M. Yu, J. Liu, “Different Sized Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles”, Nanoscale, 2012, 4(14), 4073-4083.


17. S. Yang, C. Zhou, J. Liu, M. Yu, and J. Zheng, “One-step Interfacial Synthesis and Assembly of Fluorescent Ultrathin Au@Silica Membrane”, Adv. Mater., 2012, 24(24), 3218-3222. (Highlighted by Materials 360)


16. A. Rahy, C. Zhou, J. Zheng, S. Y. Park, M. Kim, I. Jang, S. J. Cho, and D. J. Yang, “Photoluminescent Carbon Nanoparticles Produced by Confined Combustion of Aromatic Compounds”, Carbon, 2012, 50(3), 1298-1302.


15. J. Liu, C. Zhou, M. Yu, and J. Zheng, “Decomposition of Amino Acids Catalyzed by Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles”, Sci. Adv. Mater., 2012, 4(8), 813-818.


14. M. Yu, C. Zhou, J. Liu, J. D. Hankins and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with pH Dependent Membrane Adsorption”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133(29), 11014-11017. ( Equal contribution)


13. C. Zhou, M. Long, Y. Qin, X. Sun and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Efficient Renal Clearance”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50(14), 3168-3172.


12. C. Ratanatawanate, J. Yu, C. Zhou, J. Zheng, K. J. Balkus, “Synthesis of Gold Nanoclusters: A Fluorescent Marker for Water-soluble TiO2 Nanotubes” Nanotechnology, 2011, 22(6), 065601.


11. C. Zhou, C. Sun, M. Yu, Y. Qin, J. Wang, M. Kim and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Mixed Valence States Generated from Dissociation of Polymeric Au(I) Thiolates”, J. Phys. Chem. C.,  2010, 114(17), 7727-7732.


Prior to UTD (Selected)


10. J. Zheng, Y. Ding, B. Tian, Z. L. Wang, X. W. Zhuang, “Fluorescent and Raman active silver nanoparticles with polycrystalline structure”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 10472-10473 (Citation: 99)


9. J. Zheng, P.R. Nicovich, R.M. Dickson, “Highly Fluorescent Noble Metal Quantum Dots”, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem., 2007, 58, 409 (Citation: 897)


8. J. Zheng, C.W. Zhang, R.M. Dickson, “Highly fluorescent, water soluble, size-tunable, gold quantum dots”, 2004, Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, 077402 (Highlighted as a cover) (Citation: 906)


7. J. Zheng, J.T. Petty, R.M. Dickson, “High Quantum Yield Blue Emission from Water-Soluble Au8 Nanodots”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 7780-7781 (Highlighted in Science  300, 1849, 2003) (Citation: 636)


6. J. Zheng, R.M. Dickson, “Individual Water-Soluble Dendrimer-Encapsulated Silver   Nanodot Fluorescence”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 13982-13983 (Citation: 508)


5. L.Peyser, J. Zheng, T-H. Lee, R.M. Dickson, “Nanoparticle-free single molecule antistokes Raman spectroscopy”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2005, 94, 058301 (1-4) (Citation: 119)


4. J.T. Petty, J. Zheng, N.V. Hud, R.M. Dickson, “DNA-Templated Ag Nanocluster Formation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126(16), 5207-5212 (Citation: 676)


3. A. Mehta, P. Kumar, M.D. Dadmun, J. Zheng, R.M. Dickson, T. Thundat, B.G. Sumpter, M.D. Barnes, “Nanostructures from Single Molecules of a Semiconducting Polymer: Polarization Evidence for Highly Aligned Intramolecular Geometries”, Nano Lett., 2003, 3(5), 603-607 (Citation: 51)


2. H. Meng, J. Zheng, A.J. Lovinger, B.C. Wang, P.G. Van Patten, Z. Bao, “Oligofluorene-Thiophene Derivatives as High-Performance Semiconductors for Organic Thin Film Transistors”, Chem. Mater., 2003, 15(9), 1778-1787 (Citation: 272)


1. B. De Boer, H. Meng, D.F. Perepichka, J. Zheng, M.M. Frank, Y.J. Chabal, Z. Bao, “Synthesis and Characterization of Conjugated Mono- and Dithiol Oligomers and Characterization of Their Self-Assembled Monolayers”, Langmuir, 2003, 19(10), 4272-4284 (Citation: 150)


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