Nanotechnology, Biomaterials and Nanoplasmonic-Biosensor

Advanced Nanomaterials Engineering Laboratory (ANEL) is located at Materials Engineering in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University. The research of ANEL focuses on nano-biotechnology, where we use materials as the central core and build around with nanotechnology and microsystems in surface patterning, self assembly, micromachining and advanced optics to push forward the frontiers in Biosensing, Medicine/NanoEHS, Biophysics and Immunology. Specifically, we are seeking solutions allowing ultrasensitive protein biomarker detection for early disease screening and diagnosis. We are interested in multi-parametric cellular functional analysis of immune cells using optofluidics biosensors for future medicine and nano environmental health and safety. In addition, we are developing nanoplasmonic imaging system for mapping single cell protein secretion to gain a deeper understanding of cell signaling and cell-to-cell communication.

Interested applicants should send their cover letter and the most updated curriculum vitae to Dr. Pengyu Chen by email (pengyuc AT Please check Opening for more information.

Lab Gallery

Chuanyu (picture with Associate Dean Auad
and Dean Roberts) won overall first place
at the 2021 GERS, Oct. 28th, 2021

Yuxin (picture with Associate Dean Auad
and Dean Roberts) won the departmental prize
at the 2021 GERS, Oct. 28th, 2021

Group BBQ at West Point Lake park
May. 1st, 2021

Group BBQ at Chewacla state park
Sep. 7,2019

Group Photo at Wilmore Lab, 2018

Group Photo at Material Engineering 2018
Student Award Picnic

Wen and Jiacheng attending the 232nd ECS
annual meeting at D.C on Oct. 4th, 2017.

ANEL had a farewell dinner for Yan Zhu and
Jingyi Zhu June 30,2017

"This Is Research" student symposium held in
Student Center May 14, 2017

E-day event held in Wilmore Laboratories on
Feb 24, 2017

Welcome for the prospective students on Feb
24, 2017

Group dinner with vistor Ayoola from NYU on
Feb 14, 2017

Group photo on Jan 28, 2017


October 28, 2021
Chuanyu won the overall first place and Yuxin won the departmental prize (material) at the 2021 Graduate Engineering Research Showcase! Congratulations!!


October 28, 2021
Congratulations to Zhuangqiang!! His paper has been published in ACS Nano!

October 1, 2021
Dr. Chen has been promoted to Associate Professor and named Francic Family Endowed Professor.

September 10, 2021
ANEL welcomes Laura and Sara to join our lab as undergraduate research assistants!

September 8, 2021
Congratulations to Chuanyu!! His paper has been published in ACS Sensors!

July 11, 2021
Congratulations to Lang!! Our jointed review paper with Dr. Gurzov has been published in Oncogene!

April 30, 2021
Dr. Chen won Junior Alumni Research Award and was named Ginn Research Fellow.

April 26, 2021
Wen and Jiacheng passed their PhD proposal defense! Congratulations!!

November 11, 2020
Congratulations to Songtao and Alana for their paper accepted to Food Research International!

August 1, 2020
Congratulations to Yuan Gao on successfully attaining his master degree!!

July 11, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Chen and Wen!! Our review paper has been accepted to Nano Today!

July 2, 2020
Congratulations to Songtao!! He successfully defended his PhD dissertation!! Good job, Dr. Du!

June 1, 2020
Congratulations!! ANEL has been funded a NSF RAPID project with Dr. Feng Ding in Clemson University to work on a nanoplasmon ruler imaging assay for COVID-19 detection.

May 6, 2020
Congratulations!! ANEL teaming with Drs. Weiqiang Chen and Iannis Aifantis in New York University and Dr. Feng Ding in Clemson University, has been granted an NIH RO1 award to understand leukemia-immune cell communications with nanoplasmon ruler in CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy.

April 19, 2020
Congratulations!! ANEL has been awarded a NSF RAPID project in collaboration with Dr. Robert Pantazes in Chemical Engineering and Dr. Jennifer Maynard in UT Austin to develop antibody based nanoplasmon biosensor for COVID-19 detection.


January 31, 2020
Congratulations!! ANEL has received the NSF CAREER Award for developing a nanoplasmonic imaging system for direct visualization of cytokine secretion in the immune network.

January 21, 2020
Congratulations to Chuanyu, Yuxin and Alana!! Our review paper has been accepted to IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine!

November 21, 2019
ANEL welcomes Dr. Zhuangqiang Gao to join our lab!

November 19, 2019
Congratulations to Jake!! He successfully presented his master project!!

August 19, 2019
Congratulations to Alana!! She won the ECS Student Travel Award for the 236th ECS Meeting at Atlanta!!

August 19, 2019
Congratulations!! Dr. Chen has won the NIH R35 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for Early Stage Investigators.

August 16, 2019
Congratulations to Wen!! Her review paper has been accepted to Advanced Theraputics!

July 19, 2019
Congratulations to Lili and Faruk on successfully attaining their master degrees!!

April 24, 2019
Jiacheng won the MATL Outstanding Graduate Student Award! Congratulations!!

April 12, 2019
Dr. Chen gave an invited talk at IEEE NEMS, 2019.

March 30, 2019
Dr. Chen gave an invited talk at ACS Spring 2019 National Meeting and Exposition.

February 8, 2019
Congratulations! ANEL won an Airforce contract to develop a wearable TCP Dosimetric Badge!

January 21, 2019
Congrats to Jiacheng! Our jointed paper with Monash University has been accepted to ACS Applied Material & Interfaces!

November 21, 2019
ANEL welcomes Dr. Lang Zhou to join our lab!

January 15, 2019
Congrats to Yuxin! Her paper has been accepted to Advanced Healthcare Materials!

November 8, 2018
Congrats to Chuanyu and Diep on successfully defending their master project reports!

August 17, 2018
ANEL welcomes Alana MachLachlan to join our Lab!

July 15, 2018
ANEL welcomes Faruk Musa Soso to join our Lab!

July 15, 2018
Congrats to Yiming Cheng on successfully defending his master project report!

June 28, 2018
Dr. Chen gave an invited talk at Physics, Alabama A&M University for the NSF HBCU-RISE Nanoscience & Technology workshop.

June 1, 2018
ANEL welcomes Diep Ha Nguyen to join our Lab!

May 1, 2018
ANEL welcomes Jake Collins to join our Lab!

April 1, 2018
ANEL welcomes Michael Pappas to join our Lab!

January 15, 2018
ANEL welcomes Yiming Cheng to join our Lab!

November 17, 2017
Congrats to Zhengyang, Yuxin and Feng on successfully defending their master project reports!

October 15, 2017
ANEL welcomes Lili Chen to join our Lab!

Octocer 12, 2017
Dr. Chen gave an invited talk at Physics, Clesmon University.

Octocer 4, 2017
Wen, Jiacheng and Dr. Chen attended the 232nd ESC annual meeting in D.C.

September 1, 2017
ANEL welcomes Chuanyu Wang and Yuan Gao to join our Lab!

July 26, 2017
Congrats to Wen! Our jointed paper with Clemson and Monash Universities has been accepted by Chem. Comm..

July 14, 2017
Dr. Chen gave an invited talk at the 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

July 5, 2017
Congratulations! ANEL won an NSF grant with NYU to study single cell immunophenotyping using nanoplasmonic biosensors.

June 30, 2017
ANEL had a farewell dinner for Yan Zhu and Jingyi Zhu.

June 26, 2017
Welcome Dr. Jingyi Zhu from NYU to visit ANEL.

June 16, 2017
Congrats to Jiacheng! His review paper to Small Methods has been accepted.

April 14, 2017
Poster presentations with the topics of 'Nanodiamond Plasmonic Biosensor For Ultrasensitive, Real-time Cytokine Detection' and 'Nanoplasmon Ruler for Visualizing How Cell "Talk" ' were displayed in the student center.

March 6, 2017
ANEL welcomes Feng Xiong to join our Lab!

February 24, 2017
Our team joined the E-day activity on February 24, 2017. We invited students considering a career in engineering to join us and feel the excitement of auburn university mechnical department engineering educational experience.

February 18, 2017
ANEL welcomes our new gradaute student Yuxing, Cai to join our Lab, welcome on board!

Jan 30, 2017
Welcome visiting Ph.D. student Tahir Ayoola Brimmo from NYU to have an exchange study in our ANEL!

Sep 20, 2016
Welcome Zhengyang Gu to ANEL!

Aug 15, 2016
Welcome Jiacheng He and Wenyang to ANEL!