Xiaonan Shan
Dr. Xiaonan Shan
Assistant Professor
Office Location: W306 Engineering Building 2
Phone: 713-743-8593 | Fax: 713-743-4444
Email: xshan [at] uh [dot] edu


Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
M.S., Department of Electrical Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China
B.S., Solid State Electronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China

Research Interests: 

Developing novel plasmonic and photonic imaging and measurement techniques for energy and biology research

Measuring and understanding catalytic reaction dynamics on single nanoparticles and nanomaterials

2D materials characterization and its application for catalytic reaction

Novel imaging and detection techniques for cancer diagnosis and treatment

Small molecule-protein interaction measurement for drug screening

Single cell imaging

Selected Publications: 

Xiaonan Shan, U. Patel, S. P. Wang, R. Iglesias, N. J. Tao,"Imaging Local Electrochemical Current via Surface Plasmon Resonance," Science, vol. 327, pp. 1363-1366, Mar 2010.

Xiaonan Shan, Ismael Diez-Perez, Luojia Wang, Peter Wiktor, Ying Gu, Lihua Zhang, Wei Wang, Jin Lu, Shaopeng Wang, Qihuang Gong, Jinghong Li and Nongjian Tao, "Imaging the Electrocatalytic Activity of Single Nanoparticles", Nature Nanotechnology, vol.7, Issue 10, pp 668-672 2012. (Selected as the cover of Nature Nanotechnology, issue Oct. 2012; Editorial by Nature Nanotechnology vol.7, Issue 10, pp.615-616. Nanoparticles: Imaging electrocatalysts in action.)

Xiaonan Shan, Yimin Fang, Shaopeng Wang, Yan Guan, Hong-Yuan Chen and Nongjian Tao, “Detection of Charges and Molecules with Self-assambled Nano-oscillators”, Nano Letters, 14 (7), pp 4151-4157, 2014.

Xiaonan Shan, Shan Chen, Hui Wang, Zixuan Chen, Yan Guan, Yixian Wang, Shaopeng Wang, Hong-Yuan Chen, Nongjian Tao, “Mapping Local Quantum Capacitance and Charged Impurities in Graphene via Plasmonic Impedance Imaging”, Advanced Materials, 2015.

Yan Guan, Xiaonan Shan, Fenni Zhang, Shaopeng Wang, Hong-Yuan Chen Nongjian Tao, “Kinetics of Small Molecule Interactions with Membrane Proteins in Single Cells Measured with Mechanical Amplification”, Science Advances, in press, 2015.

Shaopeng Wang, Xiaonan Shan, Urmez Patel, Xinping Huang, Jin Lu, Jinghong Li, Nongjian Tao,"Label-free imaging, detection, and mass measurement of single viruses by surface plasmon resonance," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 107, pp. 16028-16032, August 26, 2010 2010.

Hui Yu, Xiaonan Shan, Shaopeng Wang, Hong-yuan Chen, Nongjian Tao. “Plasmonic Imaging and Detection of Single DNA Molecules”, ACS Nano, 8(4), pp 3427-3433, 2014.

W. Wang, K. Foley, Xiaonan Shan, S. P. Wang, S. Eaton, V. J. Nagaraj, P. Wiktor, U. Patel, N. J. Tao, "Single cells and intracellular processes studied by a plasmonic-based electrochemical impedance microscopy," Nature Chemistry, vol. 3, pp. 249-255, Mar 2011.