School Seminar: Prof Wenlong Cheng, School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney – School of Chemistry School Seminar: Prof Wenlong Cheng, School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney – School of Chemistry

School Seminar: Prof Wenlong Cheng, School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney

Friday, 3 May 2024 11:00am – 12:00pm

This seminar will be delivered in Lecture Theatre 4

Speaker: Prof Wenlong Cheng

Host: A/Prof. Asaph Widmer-Cooper

Title: NanoGold: Nanogold: From Chemical Synthesis to Soft Plasmonics and Disruptive Wearable Electronics

Abstract: Nanogold represents the earliest record of human nanotechnology, which wasn’t understood until about a century ago. With the birth of nanoscience and nanotechnology, gold chemistry flourishes significantly. This enables shaping gold at the nanoscale with well-defined size and shape, forming so-called “artificial periodic table”1. I will focus on discussion how nanogold can be used to design soft plasmonic nanoassemblies2 and electronic skins3 for applications in wearable bioelectronics, remote diagnostics, healthcare and energy devices4-6.


  1. Shawn J Tan, Michael J Campolongo, Dan Luo, Wenlong Cheng*. Building plasmonic nanostructures with DNA. Nature Nanotechnology, 2011, 6, 268-276.
  2. Dashen Dong, Runfang Fu, Qianqian Shi, Wenlong Cheng*. Self-assembly and characterization of 2D plasmene nanosheets. Nature Protocol, 2019, 14, 2691-2706.
  3. Bowen Zhu, Shu Gong, Wenlong Cheng*. Softening Gold for Elastronics. Chemical Society Review, 2019, 48, 1668-1711.
  4. Shu Gong, Willem Schwalb, Yongwei Wang, Yi Chen, Yue Tang, Jye Si, Bijan Shirinzadeh and Wenlong Cheng*, A wearable and highly sensitive pressure sensor with ultrathin gold nanowires. Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 3132.
  5. Quanxia Lyu, Shu Gong, Jarmon G Lees, Jialiang Yin, Lim Wei Yap, Anne M Kong, Qianqian Shi, Runfang Fu, Qiang Zhu, Ash Dyer, Jennifer M Dyson, Shiang Y Lim, Wenlong Cheng*. A soft and ultrasensitive force sensing diaphragm for probing cardiac organoids instantaneously and wirelessly. Nature Communications 2022, 13 (1), 7259.
  6. Shu Gong, Xin Zhang, Xuan Anh Nguyen, Qianqian Shi, Fenge Lin, Sunita Chauhan, Zongyuan Ge*, Wenlong Cheng*. A Hierarchically Resistive Skins as Specific and Multimetric On-Throat Wearable Biosensors. Nature Nanotechnology, 2023, 18, 889.
  7. Shu Gong, Yan Lu, Jialiang Yin, Arie Levin, Wenlong Cheng*. Materials-Driven Soft Wearable Bioelectronics for Connected Healthcare. Chemical Reviews 2024, 124, 455.
  8. Tiance An, David Vera Anaya, Shu Gong, Lim Wei Yap, Fenge Lin, Ren Wang, Mehmet R Yuce, Wenlong Cheng*. Self-powered gold nanowire tattoo triboelectric sensors for soft wearable human-machine interface. Nano Energy, 2020, 77, 105295.
  9. Shu Gong, Lim Wei Yap, Yuxin Zhang, Jinyuan He, Jialiang Yin, Faezeh Marzbanrad, David M Kaye, Wenlong Cheng*. A gold nanowire-integrated soft wearable system for dynamic continuous non-invasive cardiac monitoring. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2022, 206, 114072.

Bio: Wenlong Cheng is current a professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Sydney. He was a professor and director of research in the Department of Chemical&Biological Engineering at Monash University, Australia. He is a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and was also an Ambassador Tech Fellow in Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He was Alexander von Humboldt fellow in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and a research associate in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University. He founded Monash NanoBionics lab at the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly self-assembly of 2D plasmonic nanomaterials, biosensors, DNA nanotechnology, electronic skins and stretchable energy devices. He has published >220 papers including 4 in Nature Nanotech, 1 in Nature Mater, 1 in Nature Comm and 1 in Nature Protocol. He is currently the scientific editor for Nanoscale Horizon (Royal Society of Chemistry) and the editorial board members for a few journals including FlexTech, iScience, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Advances, Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Sensor Research, Chemosensors, and Austin Journal of Biomedical Engineering.


May 03 2024


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4
Level 2, School of Chemistry

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