Jennifer N. Cha

Jennifer ChaNorviel Associate Professor and Associate Chair
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Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara, Chemistry (2001)
B.A. University of California at Berkeley, Cell Biology (1996)


  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2011
  • DOE Early Career Award, 2011
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2009
  • Hellman Faculty Fellow Award, 2009
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Attendee, Armonk, NY 2010
  • IBM Innovation Research Award, 2005-2007
  • IBM Research Division Award, 2004

Selected Publications

  • J.-H. Lee, D. Domaille, J.N. Cha*, “Amplified Protein Detection and Identification through DNA-Conjugated M13 Bacteriophage”, ACS Nano, 6, 5621-5626 (2012)
  • A.M. Hung, T. Oh, J.N.Cha*, “Thermal Self-Assembly and Rapid Deposition of Vertically Aligned Semiconductor Nanorods Over Centimeter-Scale Areas”, Nanoscale 4, 1016-1020 (2012)
  • M.A. Nakatsuka, M.J. Hsu, S.C. Esener, J.N. Cha*, A.P. Goodwin, “DNA-Coated Microbubbles as Ultrasound Contrast Agents with Reversible Activity”, Advanced Materials, 23, 4908-4912 (2011)
  • L.M. Forbes, A.M. O’Mahony, S. Sattayasamitsathit, J. Wang, J.N. Cha*, “Polymer End-Group Mediated Synthesis of Well-Defined Catalytically Active Platinum Nanoparticles”, J. Mater. Chem. 21, 15788 – 15792 (2011)
  • A.M. Hung, N. Konopliv, J.N.Cha*, “Solvent-Based Assembly of CdSe Nanorods in Solution”, Langmuir, 27, 12322-12328 (2011)
  • H. Noh, A.M. Hung, J.N. Cha*, “Surface Drive DNA Assembly of Binary Cubic Three-Dimensional Nanocrystal Superlattices”, Small, 7, 3021-3025 (2011)
  • J.-H. Lee, J.N.Cha*, “Bacteriophage Platforms for Amplified Protein Detection through Visible Plasmon Shifts in Gold Nanocrystal Solutions”, Analytical Chemistry, 83, 3516-3519 (2011)
  • P.F. Xu, H. Noh, J.-H. Lee, J.N. Cha*, “DNA mediated assembly of single walled carbon nanotubes: role of linkers and annealing“, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13, 10004-10008 (2011)
  • L.M. Forbes, A.P. Goodwin, J.N.Cha*, “Controlled Nucleation of Platinum Nanocrystals from Peptides”, Chemistry of Materials, 22, 6524-6528 (2010)
  • H. Noh, C. Choi A.M. Hung, S. Jin, J.N. Cha*, “Site Specific Patterning of Highly Ordered Nanocrystal Superlattices through Biomolecular Surface Confinement”, ACS Nano, 4, 5076-5080 (2010)
  • A. Hung, C.M. Micheel, L.D. Bozano, L.W. Osterbur, G.M. Wallraff, J.N. Cha*, “Spatially-Directed Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles on Lithographically Patterned DNA Origami”, Nature Nanotechnology 5, 121 - 126 (2010)
  • H.Noh, H. Noh, A.M. Hung, C. Choi, J.H. Lee, J.-Y. Kim, S. Jin, J.N. Cha* “50nm DNA Nanoarrays Generated from Uniform Oligonucleotide Films”, ACS Nano, 3, 2376–2382 (2009)
  • J.N. Cha*, Y. Zhang, H.-S. P. Wong, S. Raoux, C. Rettner, L. Krupp, V. Deline, “Biomimetic Approaches for Fabricating High-Density Nanopatterned Arrays”, Chem. Mater., 19, 839-843 (2007)
  • D.A. LaVan and J.N. Cha*, “Approaches for biological and biomimetic energy conversion”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 103, 5251-5255 (2006)
  • J.N. Cha, G.D. Stucky, D.E. Morse, T. J. Deming, "Block Copolypeptide Mediated Biomimetic Synthesis of Ordered Silica Structures", Nature, 403, 289-292 (2000)

Research Interests

Research in the Biomolecular Materials and Nanoscale Assembly Lab is focused on the design and use of chemistry, biology and chemical engineering to synthesize and create well-defined organic-inorganic systems from nanoscale building blocks. Because biological molecules, such as peptides, DNA, and proteins, provide significant capabilities for the assembly of nanoscale materials, a significant portion of the research centers at developing bio-nano interfaces and using biomolecular interactions for the assembly. Specific applications include engineering novel protein nanosensors for in vitro and in vivo detection, using DNA for nanoparticle thin film device fabrication and developing novel bio-inorganic interfaces for catalysis.