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Yao Lin

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Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry
University of Connecticut
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-8969
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  • George W. Beadle Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago (2005-2008)
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.S. Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R.C.


Research Focus

  • Cooperative supramolecular polymerizations from synthetic macromolecules and nanoparticles
  • Folding cooperativity in large, complex macromolecules bearing synthetic polypeptides and the synthesis of macromolecular channels
  • Multicatalytic enzyme-polymer assemblies and their applications in effective biomass conversion
  • Artificial regulation of protein activities through the formation of cyclic protein-polymer structures


Current Publications

J. Wang, H. Xia, Y. Zhang, H. Lu, R. Kamat, A. V. Dobrynin, J. Cheng, Y. Lin, “Nucleation-Controlled Polymerization of Nanoparticles into Supramolecular Structures,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 135, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ja402757e (2013).

J. Wang, H. Lu, R. Yuan, Y. Zhang, M. Morton, J. Cheng, Y. Lin, “Interrupted Helical Structures in Polypeptide-Grafted Brush-like Macromolecules,” Macromolecules, 44, 8699–8708 (2011).

J. Wang, H. Lu, R. Kamat, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, J. Cheng & Y. Lin, “Supramolecular Polymerization from Polypeptide-Grafted Comb Polymers,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 12906-12909 (2011).

H. Lu, J. Wang, Y. Bai, J. W. Lang. S. Liu, Y. Lin & J. Cheng, “Ionic Polypeptides with Unusual Helical Stability,” Nature Communications, 2, 206 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1209 (2011).

H. Lu, J. Wang, Y. Lin & J. Cheng, “One-Pot Synthesis of Brush-like Polymers via Integrated Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization and Polymerization of Amino Acids N-Carboxyanhydrides,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 13582-13593 (2009).

W. P. Hall, J. N. Anker, Y. Lin, J. Modica, M. Mrksich & R. P. Van Duyne, “A Calcium-Modulated Plasmonic Switch,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 5836–5837 (2008).

Y. Lin, A. Böker, J. He, K. Sill, H. Xiang, C. Abetz, X. Li, J. Wang, T. Emrick, S. Long, Q. Wang, A. Balazs & T.P. Russell, “Self-Directed Assembly of Nanoparticles/Copolymer Mixtures,” Nature 434, 55-59 (2005).

Y. Lin, H. Skaff, T. Emrick, A. D. Dinsmore & T. P. Russell, “Nanoparticle Assembly and Transport at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces,” Science 299, 226-229 (2003).

Y. Lin, H. Skaff, A. Böker, T. Emrick, A. D. Dinsmore & T. P. Russell, “Ultrathin Crosslinked Nanoparticle Membranes,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 125, 12690-12691 (2003).