• Chung-Hao received the Samuel J. Huang Graduate Research Award in 2021-2022, congratulations! (05/2022)
  • The paper on “Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles Grafted with Amphiphilic Supramolecular Block Copolymers” in collaboration with Prof. He published in Giant  (05/2022)
  • Ibtihal’s paper on “Changes Experienced by Low-Concentration Lipid Bicelles as a Function of Temperature” is published in Langmuir (04/2022)
  • The paper on ”Patchy Metal Nanoparticles with Polymers: Controllable Growth and Two-Way Self-Assembly” in collaboration with Prof. He published in Nanoscale  (04/2022)
  • The paper on ”Head on Comparison of Self‐and Nano‐Assemblies of Gamma Peptide Nucleic Acid Amphiphiles” in collaboration with Prof. Bahal published in Advanced Functional Materials  (01/2022)
  • Justin Fang’s paper on “Restriction‐In‐Motion of Surface Ligands Enhances Photoluminescence of Quantum Dots—Experiment and Theory” is published in Advanced Materials Interfaces (01/2022)
  • Dr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad’s paper on “Codelivery of Paclitaxel and Parthenolide in Discoidal Bicelles for a Synergistic Anticancer Effect: Structure Matters” is published in Advanced NanoBiomed Research (01/2022)


  • Behrad’s paper on “Flower-like micelles of Polyethylene Oxide End-Capped with Cholesterol” is published in Macromolecules (09/2021)
  • The paper on ” Dual-Modality Poly-l-histidine Nanoparticles to Deliver Peptide Nucleic Acids and Paclitaxel for In Vivo Cancer Therapy” in collaboration with Prof. Bahal published in ACS Applied Materials&Interface (09/2021)
  • Justin, Anna, Steven, and Joanna join our group, welcome! (08/30/2021)
  • The paper on “Structural Engineering in the self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers with reactive additives” in collaboration with Prof. He published in Langmuir. (08/05/2021)
  • Chung-Hao’s paper on Supramolecule-Lipids nanocomplex is published in Nanoscale (07/30/2021)
  • Dr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad’s paper on Gold nanoclusters in lipids nanodiscs is published in Advanced Functional Materials. (03/2021)
  • Dr. Kuo-Chih Shih left the SAFN group for NIST, congratulation! (02/2021)
  • The paper on “Metallo-helicoid with double rims: polymerization followed by folding via intramolecular coordination” in collaboration with Prof. Li published in Angewandte Chemie. (01/18/2021)



  • Ming and Chung-Hao’s paper on “Effect of fluidity and charge density on the morphology of a bicellar mixture” published in BBA. (09/01/2020)
  • Catherine’s paper on “Refining internal bilayer structure of bicelles resolved by extended-q small angle X-ray scattering” published in Chemistry and Physics of Lipids. (09/01/2020)
  • The paper on “Bicelles rich in both sphingolipids and cholesterol and their use in studies of membrane proteins” in collaboration with Prof. Sanders published in JACS. (06/23/2020)
  • The paper on “templated supramolecular structures of multichromic, multiresponsive perylene diimide-polydiacetylene films” in collaboration with Prof. Kasi published in Macromolecules. (05/21/2020)
  • Dr. Shih’s paper on “Correlation of the hierarchical structure with rheological behavior of polypseudorotaxane gel composed of pluronic and beta-cyclodextrin” published in Soft Matter. (05/05/2020)
  • Chung-Hao successfully defended his proposal, congratulations! (01/17/2020)



  • Armin successfully defends his doctoral thesis, congratulation! (12/2019)
  • The paper on chemically controlled helical polymorphism in protein tubes in collaboration with Prof. Guosong Chen (Fudan Univ., China) published in JACS. (11/11/2019)
  • The paper on the 3-D supramolecule by metal coordination in collaboration with Prof. Xiaopeng Li published in JACS. (09/11/2019)
  • Armin’s paper “A universal discoidal nanoplatform for the intracellular delivery of PNAs” published in Nanoscle. (05/28/2019)
  • Dr. Shih-Kuo Chih join our group as a postdoc, welcome! (03/31/2019)
  • Armin’s paper ” Combinational Effects of Active Targeting, Shape, and Enhanced Permeability and Retention for Cancer Theranostic Nanocarriers” published in ACS applied materials & interface. (02/22/2019)
  • Our Senior Design Team, including Albert Tulli IV, Ugne Kirvelevicius, Rohit Kumar and John Pettersen, led by Prof. Mu-Ping Nieh and Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad, won the first place at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department.
  • Mr. Patrick Adamczyk (class of 2020) from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department, won the Office of Undergraduate Research’s 2019 SURF Award.
  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the Honorable Mention for the Entrepreneur of the year, in the pre-revenue venture of the year. #CTEntrepreneurshipAward



  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the “Best Poster Award” for the BME department, 4th annual competition of UConn School of Engineering Graduate Students Symposium.
  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the First Place of the 3-minute thesis (3MT) university competition. He also won the audience award choice and was selected as UConn’s representative for U21 international competition. Below is the link to his presentation in this competition:

  • Encapsulate, leading by Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad awarded by the ThirdBridge Grant for $30,000 grant money.
  • Chung-Hao Liu join our group, welcome! (08/13/2018)
  • Mr. Don Hoy and Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad defended their proposal successfully.
  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the best Ph.D. Dissertation Award, UConn Graduate School and awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Encapsulate, leading by Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad selected for NSF I-Corp GrantProgram through “Summer Fellowship” from “Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, Summer 2018,  and won $15,000 grant and entrepreneurial 3 months program.


  • Mr. Sricharan Kadimi, sophomore student of the Chemical Engineering department (class of 2019) won the Office of Undergraduate Research’s 2017 SURF Award. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) supports full-time UConn undergraduates with summer research and creative projects. His project title is: Development of Lipid Bicelles as Self-Assembling siRNA Delivery Vehicles.”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Ms. Catherine Cheu joined our group as a new Ph.D. student from polymer science (IMS).
  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the annual award of the school of engineering for the “most marketable project of the year“.
  • Dr. Nieh gave a talk at: 16, 2017 Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. A Universal Lipid-Based Platform for Encapsulating Hydrophobic Molecules”, Ridgefield, CT
  • Ph.D. Student Donyeil Hoy Receives NSF Fellowship from the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In announcing the award, the NSF pointed to Hoy’s “demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.” The 3-year award will amount to $102,000 for Mr. Hoy. 


  • Mr. Mingze Sun and Mr. Yue Bao (BME graduates) defend their M.Sc. thesis.
  • Ms. Ying Liu (CBE, Ph.D.) defend her dissertation.
  • Ms. Yan Xia (CBE, Ph.D.) defend her dissertation.
  • Ms. Amani Ebrahim (Polymer Science) joined SAFN group. Amani was a Research and Teacher Assistant at the City College of New York (CCNY), where she also received her master’s and bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and bachelor’s in chemical engineering. Her research at CCNY was devoted to the synthesis and evaluation of engineered nanomaterials as adsorbents of toxic gases for environmental remediation purposes. She is also a recipient of the National GEM Consortium Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship and has received honorable mention for the NSF- Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
  • Mr. Donyeil Hoy joined our group as a new Ph.D. student. He got his undergrad from Texas Southern University in the field of Chemistry in 2015.
  • Dr. Nieh gave talks at:
    • 4, 2016 Moderna Therapeutics Future Prospects for Application of Scattering on Characterization of LNPs”, Cambridge, MA
    • 13, 2016 Moderna Therapeutics “A Universal Self-Assembled Delivery Nanoplatform – Lipid Nanodiscs (Bicelles)”, Cambridge, MA


  • Mr. Kuo-Chih Shih joined SAFN as a visiting scholar from National Taiwan University. He is an experienced Ph.D. student in the field of neutron and X-ray scattering and will be at UConn for the next two years with us.
  • Ms. Wafa Aresh (BME PhD) has defend her dissertation.
  • Mr. B. Kngrloo (Materials Science PhD student) joined SAFN in Spring 2015. He got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from IAU, Science and Research Branch, Tehran in polymer engineering field.
  • Dr. Nieh gave talks at:
    • 30, 2015 New Jersey Institute of Technology “Properties and Applications of Well-Defined Self-Assembled Lipid Nanodiscs (Bicelles)”, Newark, NJ.
    • 25, 2015 Pfizer Inc.  “Small Angle X-ray Scattering”, Groton, CT.
    • 25, 2015 Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress  “Single-Step Formation and Cellular Response of Vesicles and Disk-like Bicelles”, Boston, MA
    • 12, 2015 NCS4: Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Workshop (Stony Brook University) “Controlling Self-Assembled Lipid-Based Nanoparticles for Theranostic and Nanobiosensing Material”, Stony Brook, NY
    • 1, 2015 Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (Chinese Academy of Science) “Properties of Self-Assembled Discoidal Bicelles and Their Potential Applications in Bionanotechnology”, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
    • May 29, 2015 Lanzhou University, School of Nuclear Science & Technology “Properties of Self-Assembled Discoidal Bicelles and Their Potential Applications in Bionanotechnology”, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
    • May 16, 2015 UCONN Mentor Connection Program (Exploring Expertise) “Engineering Lipid Mixtures into Well-Defined Nanoparticles”, Storrs, CT
    • 22, 2015 American Chemical Society (Colloid and Surface Chemistry) “Cellular uptake mechanisms as controlled by nanostructures of a lipid mixture: Comparison between bicelles and vesicles”, Denver, CO
    • 3, 2015 Iona College, Department of Chemistry “Building up Lipid-Legos and Their Applications”, New Rochelle, NY


  • Ms. Wafa Aresh (BME PhD candidate) has defend her proposal.
  • Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad (BME PhD student) joined SAFN in Fall 2014.
  • The installation of tensile and shear environment stages of the Bruker Nanostar SAXS instrument (located at IMS, UCONN) was completed in December, 2014.
  • Dr. Nieh gave talks at:
    • 3, 2014 American Conference on Neutron Scattering “Self-Assembled Lipid-Based Nanodiscs, Their Characterizations and Applications”, Knoxville, TN
    • May 17, 2014 UCONN Mentor Connection Program (Exploring Expertise) “Having Fun and Making Something Useful from the Amphiphilic Molecules that Have Two ‘Faces’”, Storrs, CT
    • 17, 2014 American Chemical Society (Colloid and Surface Chemistry) “Controlling “stringed” lipid nano-aggregates”, Houston, TX
    • 7, 2014 University of Connecticut, Department of Biomedical Engineering “Novel and Simple Approaches to Make Stable Nanodiscs And Nanovesicles for Theranostic Delivery”, Storrs, CT