From the Giant to the Tiny: Explorations Across Scales

In high school, I was an amateur astronomer operating telescopes to observe the vast universe we are curious about. Now I am a young materials scientist operating electron microscopes to reveal the tiny world we are eager to know.

Exploring the nanoscale is not only for fulfilling our curiosity, but it provides a fantastic treasure to the advancement of technology and gradually promotes the way people live. It is interesting, and it is useful. I am only on a humble expedition towards a gorgeous grace to humankind. Hopefully, we are reaching this grace in a way only with kindness.

Interested Fields of Study


Amateur or previously active

March 2022

Featured on Pacific Northwest National Laboratory News: Du Named to Early Career Editorial Advisory Board

September 2021

Featured on International Institute for Nanotechnology News: Jingshan Du receives award for excellence in materials and metallurgical engineering

May 2020

Featured on Du awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship and International Institute for Nanotechnology News: Scholarship awarded for study of nanoparticle structures and dynamics

May 2018

Featured on the NanoScientific Magazine (Vol 13, pp. 23-24) and the Park AFM website as a recipient of the 2018 Park AFM Scholarship.

April 2015

Cover story on Zhejiang University website: Asking Myself at the Finish Line of College

Featured as a recipient of the 2014 Chu Kochen Scholarship

Editorial Roles & Conference Organization

Early Career Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2022–2024

Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry, Nanotechnology for Natural Products, 2021–2022

Conference Chair, SPIE FOCUS: Light and Matter, October 12th–13th, 2019. Evanston, IL

Call for Submissions

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Frontiers in Chemistry is actively seeking submissions to the Research Topic: Nanotechnology for Natural Products.

About this Research Topic

Bioactive natural products have been used worldwide for thousands of years with the goal of managing human health issues. They also represent a major source for drug discovery in the development of modern medicines. Although many natural products have been found bio-active and with low toxicity, most of them cannot be applied as first-in-line drugs for therapy, mainly because of their limited bioavailability. Structural modification of natural products has thus become an important process in modern drug discovery. However, drug development based on manmade compounds is usually time-consuming and costly. Nanotechnology has shown great success in the delivery of therapeutic molecules, with many successful cases to date involving natural bioactive compounds.

The advantages and potentials of advanced nanosystems for the delivery of natural products include:

  1. improving the dosing efficiency of bioactive compounds that are poorly soluble in water;
  2. providing site-targeting delivery in a controlled manner to minimize systemic side effects;
  3. enhancing drug bioactivity by improving pharmacokinetic characteristics of the natural products;
  4. easiness to combine both therapeutic and diagnostic capabilities in a single system.

This Research Topic aims at highlighting the current progress in natural product-based nanomedicines. The preparation and characterization of nanotherapeutics as well as their biological evaluation will form the main focus of this article collection. The selected nanosystems can be composed of either organic or inorganic materials, or both. Natural products or their combinations that are not typically considered drugs are our primary targets, while the delivery of well-developed drugs will be less considered. This Research Topic will not be limited to nanodelivery systems, as it is also open for advanced nanotechniques and nanodevices in other scientific and technical aspects of natural product-based nanomedicines and nanotheranostics.

We welcome Original Article, Review and Mini Review in the subtopics of interest, which include, but are not limited to:

Keywords: nanotechnology, natural products

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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Submission Deadline

08 May 2022

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