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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The major research interest in the Cheng Research Group is centered on developing functional molecular, polymeric and nano-materials and exploring their applications.  We are specifically interested in the following areas:

(1) Polymer biomaterials, in particular functional polypeptides and polyesters

(2) Polymer and materials chemistry

(3) Nanomedicines for drug/gene delivery, imaging and diagnosis

(4) Controlled release systems: design and application

(5) Functional materials, smart materials and molecular probes

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1304 W. Green St.
1304 W Green
M/C 246
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Biodegradable Polyanhydrides as Encapsulation Layers for Transient Electronics

Choi, Y. S., Koo, J., Lee, Y. J., Lee, G., Avila, R., Ying, H., Reeder, J., Hambitzer, L., Im, K., Kim, J., Lee, K. M., Cheng, J., Huang, Y., Kang, S. K. & Rogers, J. A., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Advanced Functional Materials.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Facile Click-Mediated Cell Imaging Strategy of Liposomal Azido Mannosamine Lipids via Metabolic or Nonmetabolic Glycoengineering

    Shen, L., Shen, L., Cai, K., Yu, J. & Cheng, J., Jun 16 2020, In : ACS Omega. 5, 23, p. 14111-14115 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Manipulating the helix-coil transition profile of synthetic polypeptides by leveraging side-chain molecular interactions

    Song, Z., Tan, Z., Zheng, X., Fu, Z., Ponnusamy, E. & Cheng, J., Feb 28 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 8, p. 1445-1449 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Targeting infected host cells in vivo via responsive azido-sugar mediated metabolic cell labeling followed by click reaction

    Bo, Y., Jiang, Y., Chen, K., Cai, K., Li, W., Roy, J., Bao, Y. & Cheng, J., Apr 2020, In : Biomaterials. 238, 119843.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Azido-galactose outperforms azido-mannose for metabolic labeling and targeting of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Wang, H., Liu, Y., Xu, M. & Cheng, J., Oct 2019, In : Biomaterials Science. 7, 10, p. 4166-4173 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle