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The Nanoscience Centre

Cambridge University nanofabrication and characterisation facility

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Nan Wang

Dr Nan Wang

Nanosensor, Nano electronics & SPM image, interaction force analysize

Office Phone: 60313

Research Interests

  • Imaging  cardiac myocytes with AFM
  • High resolution image of  Helical polyacetylene using non contact AFM and STM in UHV
  • Characterization of the electronic property of DNA nano-wire using CAFM
  • Exploring  the structure and function of amyloid fibrils using AFM
  • Analysis of Interaction between biomaterials and bio-molecule  using AFM
  • Study on electron transfer through metalloprotein using conducting AFM and STM
  • Characterization of the electronic property of redox protein using SPM.
  • Preparation and Characterization of Polylactide Biomaterials
  • Fabrication and characterization of Nano-SAW filter base on ferroelectric materials
  • Study on Piezoelectric property of ZNO nano wire


  • Nano-ferroelectrics
  • Biosensers
  • Electronic Structure of Nanomaterials
  • MEMS
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy

Key Publications


  • Jason Davis, Nan Wang, Wang Xi, Jianwei Zhao, Exploring tunnel transport through protein at the molecular level. Advances in Nanoengineering, edited by A G Davies  & J M T Thompson 2006.


  • M. Tjakra, Y. Wang, V. Vania, Z. Hou, C. Durkan, N. Wang, & G. Wang, Overview of Crosstalk Between Multiple Factor of Transcytosis in Blood Brain Barrier. Frontiers in Neuroscience, volume13 (2020). 

  • D. Yang, W. Yan, J. Qiu, Y. Huang, T. Li, Y. Wang, N. Wang, J. Huang, C. Durkan & G. Wang ” Mussel adhesive protein fused with VE-cadherin extracellular domain promotes endothelial-cell tight junctions and in vivo endothelization recovery of vascular stents”, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research B: Applied Biomaterials, 108(1): 94 (2020)

  • N. Wang, I. M. Collins, K. Webb, Q. Wan & C. Durkan, “Probing the interactions of dolomite surfaces with oil at the nanometer scale “, Energy & Fuels, 33, 6161 (2019)

  • N. Cheng, F. Chen, B. Li, C. Durkan, N. Wang  & J. Zhao ” Correlation between the microstructure and the deformation behaviour of metallic nanowires”,  Computational Materials Science 168, 116 (2019)

  • L. Zhang, Z. Chen, C. Durkan, N. Wang, Y. He, J. Zhao & N. Cheng, “Effect of the heteroatom separation on the electron transport behaviour of heteroacene junctions”, Computational Materials Science 162, 124 (2019)

  • N. Wang, R. Barfoot, M. Butler & C. Durkan, “The effect of surface treatments on the nanomechanical properties of human hair”, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4, 3063 (2018)

  • W. Wu, L Luo, Y Wang, Q Wu, H.Dai, J. Li, C. Durkan, N. Wang, G. Wang, “Endogenous pH-sensitive size-adjustable polymeric nano carriers for anticancer applications”,  Theranostics, 8(11), 3038  (2018)

  • J. Zhao, X. Wang, G. You, C. Durkan & N. Wang, “ Molecular dynamics investigation on the temperature dependence of the deformation mechanism of the polycrystalline silver nanowires.  Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 34. pp. 43-54(2018). ISSN 1001- 4861

  • Z. Zhao, N. Wang, H. Nan, L. Shen, C. Durkan & X. He, “ A novel paradigm for the fabrication of highly uniform nanowire arrays using residual stress-induced patterning ” Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4, 5814 (2016) 

  • N. Wang & C. Durkan, “ Nanometer-scale investigations into oil-rich chalk formations ” Energy & Fuels, 29, 6896 (2015)

  • C. Durkan, N. Wang “ Nanometre-scale investigations by atomic force microscopy into
    the effect of different treatments on the surface structure of hair  “, International Journal of
    Cosmetic Science, 36, 598 (2014)

  • Y. Ivry, N. Wang & C. Durkan, “ High-frequency programmable acoustic wave device realized through ferroelectric domain engineering “, Applied Physics Letters 104 133505 (2014)

  • C J Forman, N Wang, Z Y Yang, C G Mowat, S Jarvis, C Durkan, P D Barker, Probing the location of displayed cytochrome b562 on amyloid by scanning tunnelling microscopy, Nanotechnology 2013 (24) 175102

  • Nan Wang, Yan Zhang, Koji Yano, Colm Durkan, Natalie Plank, Mark E Welland, Husnu Emrah Unalan, Mark Mann, G A J Amaratunga and William I Milne, Direct measurement of charge transport through helical poly(ethyl propiolate) nanorods wired into gaps in single walled carbon nanotubes, Nanotechnology 2009 (10) 105201 -105206

  •  Nan Wang, Hongmei Liu, Jianwei Zhao, Yanping Cui Zhong Xu, Yuanfeng Ye, Manabu Kiguchi and Kei Murakoshi,  Theoretical Investigation on the Electron Transport Path through the Porphyrin Molecules and Chemisorption of CO, J. Phys. Chem. C  2009, 113 (17), 7416–7423

  • Yachin Ivry, Nan Wang, DaPing Chu, Colm Durkan, 90  circ  domain dynamics and relaxation in thin ferroelectric/ferroelastic films. Physical Review B, 2010, 81,17418
  • Hongmei Liu, Nan Wang,  Jianwei Zhao,Yan Guo,  Xing Yin, Freddy Y. C. Boey,  Hua Zhang, Length-Dependent Conductance of Molecular Wires and Contact Resistance in Metal-Molecule-Metal Junctions . ChemPhysChem 2008, 9(10),  1416 - 1424
  • Jason Davis, Nan Wang, Metalloprotein tunnel junctions: compressional modulation of barrier height and transport mechanism. Faraday discussion 2006,131,167-179
  • Dannel Axford, Jason Davis, Nan Wang, Dong Wang, Tiantian Zhang, Jianwei Zhao, Ben Peters, Molecularly resolved protein electromechanical properties., J. Phys. Chem. B, 2007,111 (30), 9062 -9068
  • Gang Hu, Nan Wang, Dermot O'Hare, Jason Davis,  One-step synthesis and AFM imaging of hydrophobic LDH monolayers.    Chem. Comm., 2006, 3, 287-289.
  • Gang Hu, Nan Wang, Dermot O'Hare, Jason Davis, Synthesis of magnesium aluminium layered double hydroxides in reverse microemulsions, J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 2257-2266
  • Jianwei Zhao, Nan Wang, Electricity Characterization of Metalloprotein at Molecular Level by Conducting Atomic Force Microscopy. Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities 2005, 26,4,751-753
  • H. S. Wong, S. C. Tan, Nan Wang, C. Durkan, Novel Hydrothermally-Grown ZnO Nanowire Tips for Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Optoelectronics Applications", In Press, The Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 2010,in press
  • Hongmei Liu, Zhong Xu, Nan Wang, Cui Yu, Nengyue Gao, Jianwei Zhao, and Ning Li , Theoretical investigation on the chemical sensing of metalloporphyrin-based molecular junction. J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 132(24), 244702
  • Jianwei Zhao, Cui Yu , Nan Wang, Hongmei Liu, The molecular rectification based on the asymmetrical molecule-electrode contact. J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114 (9), 4135–4141
  • Hongmei Liu,Wenbin Ni, Jianwei Zhao, Nan Wang, Yan Guo, Tetsuya Taketsugu, Manabu Kiguchi, and Kei Murakoshi,  Nonequilibrium Green's function study on the electronic structure and transportation behavior of the conjugated molecular junction: Terminal connections and intramolecular connections, J. Chem. Phys. 2009, 130, 244501
  • Jianwei Zhao, Kei Murakoshi, Xing Yin, Manabu Kiguchi, Yan Guo, Nan Wang, Shuai Liang and Hongmei Liu , Dynamic Characterization of the Postbreaking Behavior of a Nanowire, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112 (50), pp 20088–20094
  • Jianwei Zhao, Geping Yin, Nan Wang, Conformational analysis of oligothiophenes in the external electric field. Synthetic Metals 2004, 145, (2-3), 253-258
  • Davis, J. J.; Morgan, D. A.; Wrathmell, C. L.; Axford, D. N.; Zhao, J.; Nan Wang, Molecular bioelectronics. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2005, 15, (22), 2160-2174
  • Nan Wang, Yuanliang Wang, Images of azurin protein studied by AFM. Chemical Research in Chinese Universities 2004, 20, (4), 437-439.