After she got her Ph.D. in 1996, Dr. Zhou worked as a Postdoc Research Associate at SUNY at Stony Brook. During 2000-2002, she worked as a Senior Chemist in Union Carbide/The Dow Chemical Company to develop personal care products. She joined to CSI as an Associate Professor in 2002 and was promoted to Professor in 2008.

Prof. Zhou’s current research interests include:
•  Design, synthesis, and characterization of novel glucose-sensitive nanoparticles and microgels for glucose sensing and self-regulated insulin delivery
•  Multifunctional nanomaterials from the combination of inorganic nanoparticles with responsive polymers for sensing, imaging, and drug delivery in biomedical applications
•  Composite nanomaterials from the supramolecular assembly of fullerene derivatives, surfactants, and organic dyes in the specific confinement of polymers and colloids
•  Self-assembly/association of nanoparticles, lipids, collagens, and other functional amphiphiles
•  Nanostructure and morphology study of materials using Light scattering and X-ray scattering


Ph.D. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

M. S. Xiamen University, China

B. S.  Xiamen University, China

Scholarship / Publications

Peer-reviewed papers (out of 74)
Wu, W.; Zhou, T.; Aiello, M.; Zhou, S. “Optically pH and H2O2 Dual Responsive Composite Colloids through the Directed Assembly of Organic Dyes on Responsive Microgels”Chem. Mater., 2009, asap.

Wu, W.; Zhou, T.; Shen, J.; Zhou, S.“Optical Detection of Glucose by CdS Quantum Dots Immobilized in Smart Microgels” Chem. Comm. 2009, 4390.

Wu, W.; Zhou, T.; Zhou, S. “Tunable Photoluminescence of Ag Nanocrystals in Multiple-Sensitive Hybrid Microgels” Chem. Mater., 2009, 21, 2851.

Guan, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Zhou, T.; Zhou, S.“Stability of Hydrogen-bonded Hydroxypropylcellulose /Poly(acrylic acid) Microcapsules in Aqueous Solutions” Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 842.

Lim, IIS.; Mott, D.; Engelhard, M. H.; Pan, Y.; Kamodia, S.; Luo, J.; Njoki, P. N.; Zhou, S.; Wang, L.; Zhong, C. J.  “Interparticle Chiral Recognition of Enantiomers: A Nanoparticle-Based Regulation Strategy” Anal. Chem., 2009, 81, 689.

Lim, IIS.; Mott, D.; Ip, W.; Njoki, P. N.; Pan, Y.; Zhou, S.; Zhong, C. J. “Interparticle Interactions in Glutathione Mediated Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles” Langmuir, 2008, 24, 8857.

Zhang, Y.; Guan, Y.; Zhou, S. “Permeability Control of Glucose-Sensitive Nanoshell” Biomacromolecules, 2007, 8, 3842.

Lim, IIS.; Ip, W.; Crew, E.; Njoki, P. N.; Mott, D.; Zhong, C. J.; Pan, Y.; Zhou, S. “Homocysteine-Mediated Reactivity and Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles” Langmuir, 2007, 23, 826.