Dmitri Vezenov

Dmitri Vezenov
Associate Professor
Seeley G. Mudd, Room 512
(610) 758-3642

Research Interests:

Intermolecular interactions in soft matter; chemical force microscopy; bio-nano-photonics; analytical microdevices; controlled synthesis and assembly of materials at meso-scale.

In our research, we set the goal of understanding and controlling interactions in chemical systems at small scale (microns to nanometers). The research is interdisciplinary, where approaches of chemistry, physics and engineering converge. We pursue three major directions in this area:

1. Bio-nano-photonics. We interested in developing new experimental methodology to characterize mechanisms and dynamics of intra- and intermolecular binding that involves biomolecules. In particular, force spectroscopy can manipulate single molecules and perform mechanical experiments with single macromolecules, thus, one can move beyond ensemble averages to resolve and analyze transient subpopulations, study details of energy landscapes, and observe mechanics of molecular machinery of cells. To gain independent evaluation of geometrical, structural and molecular transformations within the probe-substrate junction, we combine force spectroscopy with optical near field techniques to achieve simultaneous spectroscopic characterization of binding and folding events. Nanostructured substrates (sub-wavelength apertures, lenses or waveguides) will act as field concentrators to achieve light confinement to the nanometer-sized region of interest.

2. New tools for research in biophysics and bioengineering. Modern scanning probe microscopy techniques are very powerful tools for characterization of molecular properties and function at the nanometer scale; however, complexity and high cost prevent their widespread use in chemical and biological laboratories. We are exploring new, simple approaches to the analytical force spectroscopy platform for massively-parallel low cost binding assays.

3. Meso-scale assembly of functional nanomaterials. One current challenge for science of nanometer scale materials is to provide reproducible and practical routes to assembling these materials into functional devices - a problem which involves making interconnects between macro scale (mm to microns) and nanometer scale. We are developing tools and approaches to three-dimensional self-assembly of semiconductor nanowires during growth, and research their potential applications in photonics and sensors.

Teaching Interests:

Physical chemistry, surface and colloidal chemistry, biophysical chemistry, analytical chemistry, fundamentals of science and technology at the nanometer scale

Selected Recent Publications:

Iliafar, S.; Mittal, J.; Vezenov, D.; Jagota, A. “Interaction of single-stranded dna with curved carbon nanotube is much stronger than with flat graphite” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 12947-12957.

Wang, T.; Vezenov, D.; Simboli, B. “Use of a wiki-based software to manage research group activities”. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014, 77, DOI:10.5062/F4KS6PJ1. 

Yin, P.; Bayaguud, A.; Cheng, P.; Haso, F.; Hu, L.; Wang, J.; Vezenov, D.; WinansR. E.; Hao, J.; Li,T.; Wei, Y.; Liu, T. “Spontaneous stepwise self-assembly of a polyoxometalate–organic hybrid into catalytically active one-dimensional anisotropic structures” Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 9589-9595. 

Iliafar, S.; Vezenov, D.; Jagota, A. “In-plane force–extension response of a polymer confined to a surface” Eur. Polymer Journal, 2014, 51, 151-158. 

Wagner, K.; Wang, Y.; Regen, S.; Vezenov, D. "Yield strength of glued langmuir-blodgett films determined by friction force microscopy” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 14037-14046. 

Iliafar, S.; Vezenov, D.; Jagota, A. "Brownian dynamics simulation of peeling a stronglyadsorbed polymer molecule from a frictionless substrate" Langmuir, 2013, 29, 1435- 1445. 

Cheng, P.; Oliver, P.M.; Barrett, M.J.; Vezenov, D. “Progress toward the application of molecular force spectroscopy to DNA sequencing.” Electrophoresis, 2012, 33, 3497- 3505. 

Yin, P.; Jin,L.; Li, D.; Cheng, P.; Vezenov, D.; Bitterlich, E.; Zhang, J.; Wu, X.; Peng, Z.; Liu,T.”Supramolecular aggregation of conjugated polymers containing POM-terminal side chains in polar and nonpolar solvents” Chem. Eur. J., 2012, 18, 6754-6758. 

Barrett, M.J.; Oliver, P.M.; Cheng, P.; Cetin, D.; Vezenov, D. “High density singlemolecule-bead arrays for parallel single molecule force spectroscopy” Analyt. Chem., 2012, 84, 4907-4914. 

Iliafar, S.; Wagner, K.; Manohar, S.; Jagota, A.; Vezenov, D. “Quantifying interactions between DNA oligomers and graphite surface using single molecule force spectroscopy”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 13896-13903. 

Cheng, P.; Barrett, M.J.; Oliver, P.M.; Cetin, D.; Vezenov, D. “Dielectrophoretic Tweezers as a Platform for Molecular Force Spectroscopy in a Highly Parallel Format” Lab Chip201111, 4248 - 4259.

Wagner, K.; P. Cheng; Vezenov, D.V. “Non-contact Method for Calibration of Lateral Forces in Scanning Force Microscopy” Langmuir2011, 4635-4644.

Gan, Q.; Gao, Y.; Wagner, K.; Vezenov, D.V.; Ding, Y.; Bartoli, F. "Experimental verification of the "rainbow" trapping effect in adiabatic plasmonic gratings" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.2011, 5169-5173.

Yin, P.; Wu,P.; Xiao,Z.; Li, D.; Bitterlich, E.; Zhang, J.; Cheng, P.; Vezenov, D.V.; Liu,T.; Wei, Y. “A double-tailed, fluorescently active surfactant with hexavanadate as giant polar head group”, Angewandte Chemie2011, 2521-2525.

Oliver, P.M.; Park, J.S.; Vezenov, D.V. “Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy using Magnetic Tweezers with Evanescent Illumination: Quantitative High-Resolution Sensing of DNA Hybridization”, Nanoscale2011, 3, 581–591.

Bijamov, A.; Shubitidze, F.; Oliver, P.M.; Vezenov, D.V. “Quantitative Modeling of Forces in Electromagnetic Tweezers”, J. Appl. Phys.2010108, 104701-1--104701-9.

Lim, H.; Marzillier, J.; Vezenov, D.V. “Heterobifunctional Modification of DNA for Conjugation to Solid Surfaces”, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2010, 397, 1861–1872.

Bijamov, A.; Shubitidze, F.; Oliver, P.M.; Vezenov, D.V. “Optical Response of Magnetic Fluorescent Microspheres Used for Force Spectroscopy in the Evanescent Field”, Langmuir201026, 12003–12011.

Fuller, C. W.; Middendorf, L.R.; Benner, S.A.; Church, G.M.; Harris, T.; Huang, X.; Jovanovich, S.B.; Nelson, J.R.; Schloss, J.A.; Schwartz, D.C.; Vezenov, D.V. “Challenges of Sequencing by Synthesis”, Nature Biotech.200927, 1013-1023. Perspective article.

Manohar, S.;  Mantz, A.; Bancroft, K.; Hui, C.-Y.; Jagota, A.; Vezenov, D.V. “Peeling Single Stranded DNA from Graphite Surface to Determine Oligonucleotide Binding Energy by Force Spectroscopy” Nano Lett.20088, 4365-4372.

Vezenov, D.V.; Noy, A.; Lieber, C.M “Chemical Force Microscopy: Force Spectroscopy and Imaging of Complex Interactions in Molecular Assemblies.” in Handbook of Molecular Force Spectroscopy, A. Noy (Ed.), Springer, 2008, pp. 123-143.

Noy, A.; Vezenov, D.V.; Lieber, C.M “Chemical Force Microscopy: Nanoscale Probing of Fundamental Chemical Interactions.” in Handbook of Molecular Force Spectroscopy, A. Noy (Ed.), Springer, 2008, pp. 97-122.