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Publications in Nanyang Technological University
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41. Qionghai Chen, Xiuyang Xia, Wanhui Huang, Liqun Zhang, Ran Ni* and Jun Liu, Topological programmability of isomerizable polymers, submitted (2023)
40. Maks Pecnik Bambic, Nuno A. M. Araujo, Benjamin J. Walker, Duncan R. Hewitt, Qing Xiang Pei, Ran Ni and Giorgio Volpe, Optimal face-to-face coupling for fast self-folding kirigami, submitted (2023) arXiv
39. Yusheng Lei, and Ran Ni*, How does a hyperuniform fluid freeze?, submitted (2023) arXiv
38. Xiaoxia Li#, Yanshuang Chen#, Krongtum Sankaewtong#, Minhua Li, Jiping Huang, Ran Ni*, Hajime Tanaka* and Peng Tan*, Simple geometric constraint induces phase reentrances in thin charged colloidal films, submitted (2022)
37. Yusheng Lei, Ning Zheng and Ran Ni*, Random organization and non-equilibrium hyperuniform fluids on a sphere, J. Chem. Phys. 159, 081101 (2023) pdf arXiv
36. Haiyang Zhang#, Xuan Feng#, Xiuyang Xia, Jiao Zhu, Huaguang Wang, Ran Ni*, and Zexin Zhang*, Shape-directed self-assembly of photoresponsive hybrid colloids, Small Methods, 2300383 (2023)
35. Xiuyang Xia, Ge Zhang, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Yang Jiao, and Ran Ni*, The role of receptor uniformity in multivalent binding, JACS Au, 3, 1385 (2023) pdf arXiv
34. Duyu Chen*, and Ran Ni*, Comment on "Explicit Analytical Solution for Random Close Packing in d = 2 and d = 3", (2022) arXiv
33. Xiuyang Xia#, Peilin Rao#, Juan Yang, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, and Ran Ni*, Entropy driven thermo-gelling vitrimer, JACS Au 2, 2359 (2022) pdf arXiv
32. Qunli Lei, Feng Tang, Jidong Hu, Yuqiang Ma, and Ran Ni*, Duality, hidden symmetry and dynamic isomerism in 2D hinge structures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 125501 (2022) arXiv
31. Jing Yang, Ran Ni, and Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Interplay between jamming and MIPS in persistent self-propelling particles, Phys. Rev. E, 106, L012601 (2022) arXiv
30. Tongtao Li#, Xiuyang Xia#, Guanhong Wu, Qingfu Cai, Xuanyu Lyu, Jing Ning, Jing Wang, Min Kuang, Yuchi Yang, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Ran Ni*, Dong Yang* and Angang Dong*, Mismatched ligand density enables ordered assembly of mixed-dimensional, cross-species materials, Science Advances, 8, eabq0969 (2022) pdf
29. Zhan Ma, and Ran Ni*, Dynamical Clustering Interrupts Motility Induced Phase Separation in Chiral Active Brownian Particles, J. Chem. Phys., 156, 021102 (2022) pdf arXiv
28. Anshuman Pasupalak, Shawn Khuhan Samidurai, Yanwei Li, Yuanjian Zheng, Ran Ni, and Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Unconventional rheological properties in systems of deformable particles, Soft Matter, 17, 7708 (2021)
27. Qunli Lei#, Wei Zheng#, Feng Tang, Xiangang Wan, Ran Ni*, and Yuqiang Ma*, Self-assembly of isostatic self-dual colloidal crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett., 127, 018001 (2021) arXiv
26. Qunli Lei, Hao Hu, and Ran Ni*, Barrier-Controlled Non-Equilibrium Criticality in Reactive Particle Systems, Phys. Rev. E, 103, 052607 (2021) arXiv
25. Zhongyu Zheng, Ran Ni, Yuren Wang and Yilong Han, Translational and rotational critical-like behaviors in the glass transition of colloidal ellipsoid monolayers, Science Advances, 7, eabd1958 (2021) pdf   
24. Pablo Sampedro Ruiz, and Ran Ni*,  Effect of particle size distribution on polydisperse hard disks, J. Chem. Phys. 153, 174501 (2020) pdf arXiv [Highlighted as the Editor's Pick]
23. Qunli Lei#, Xiuyang Xia#, Juan Yang, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, and Ran Ni*,  Entropy-Controlled Crosslinking in Linker-Mediated Vitrimers, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 117, 27111 (2020) pdf arXiv
22. Pin Nie, Joyjit Chattoraj, Antonio Piscitelli, Patrick Doyle, Ran Ni*, and Massimo Pica Ciamarra*,  Frictional Active Brownian Particles, Phys. Rev. E, 102, 032612 (2020)
21. Wei Zheng#, Qunli Lei#, Yuqiang Ma, and Ran Ni*, Hierarchical glass transition of hard hemidisks with local assemblies, Soft Matter, 16, 8108 (2020)
20. Kerong Deng, Xin Huang, Yulian Liu, Lili Xu, Ruipeng Li, Ji Tang, Qunli Lei, Ran Ni, Chunxia Li, Yong Sheng Zhao, Hongwu Xu, Zhongwu Wang, and Zewei Quan; Supercrystallographic Reconstruction of 3D Nanorod Assembly with Collectively Anisotropic Upconversion Fluorescence, Nano Lett., 20, 7367 (2020)
19. Saurish Chakrabarty, and Ran Ni*; Effect of heavy impurities on the dynamics of supercooled liquids, J. Chem. Phys. 152, 234502 (2020) pdf arXiv
18. Zhan Ma, Mingcheng Yang, and Ran Ni*; Dynamic Assembly of Active Colloids: Theory and Simulation, Adv. Theory Simul. 3, 2000021 (2020) [invited review] pdf arXiv
17. Ting Wang#, Qunli Lei#, Ming Wang, Guoying Deng, Xijian Liu, Chunlin Li, Qi Wang, Zhihua Liu, Jianwu Wang, Zequn Cui, Kevin Goldio Utama, Ran Ni*, and Xiaodong Chen*; Mechanical Tolerance of Cascade Bioreactions via Adaptive Curvature Engineering for Epidermal Bioelectronics, Adv. Mater., 32, 2000991 (2020)
16. Anshuman Pasupalak, Yanwei Li, Ran Ni*, and Massimo Pica Ciamarra*; Hexatic phase in a model of active biological tissues, Soft Matter, 16, 3914 (2020)
15. Pin Nie, Joyjit Chattoraj, Antonio Piscitelli, Patrick Doyle, Ran Ni* and Massimo Pica Ciamarra*; Stability phase diagram of active Brownian particles, Phys. Rev. Research, 2, 023010 (2020) pdf arXiv
14. Xiuyang Xia, Hao Hu, Massimo Pica Ciamarra and Ran Ni*; Linker-mediated self-assembly of mobile DNA coated colloids, Science Advances, 6, eaaz6921 (2020) pdf arXiv
13. Benhui Hu, Christopher Berkey, Timothy Feliciano, Xiaohong Chen, Zhuyun Li, Chao Chen, Shahrouz Amini, Mui Hoon Nai, Qunli Lei, Ran Ni, Juan Wang, Wan Ru Leow, Shaowu Pan, Yongqiang Li, Pingqiang Cai, Ali Miserez, Suzhou Li, Chwee Teck Lim, Yun-Long Wu, Teri W. Odom, Reinhold H. Dauskardt and Xiaodong Chen, Thermal-disrupting interface mitigates intercellular cohesion loss for accurate topical antibacterial therapy, Adv. Mater., 32, 1907030 (2020)
12. Qunli Lei, and Ran Ni*; Hydrodynamics of Random-Organizing Hyperuniform Fluids, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 116, 22983 (2019) pdf arXiv
11. Pablo Sampedro Ruiz, Qunli Lei and Ran Ni*; Melting and re-entrant melting of polydisperse hard disks, Communications Physics, 2, 70 (2019) pdf  arXiv
10. Krongtum Sankaewtong#, Qunli Lei#, and Ran Ni*, Self-assembled multi-layer simple cubic photonic crystals of oppositely charged colloids in confinement, Soft Matter, 15, 3104 (2019) [Cover story] arXiv
9. Qunli Lei, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, and Ran Ni*; Non-Equilibrium Strongly Hyperuniform Fluids of Circle Active Particles with Large Local Density Fluctuations, Science Advances, 5, eaau7423 (2019) pdf  arXiv
8. Qunli Lei, Ran Ni*, and Yuqiang Ma; Self-assembled chiral photonic crystals from a colloidal helix racemate, ACS Nano, 12, 6860 (2018) arXiv
7. Hao Hu, Pablo Sampedro Ruiz, and Ran Ni*; Entropy stabilizes floppy crystals of mobile DNA-coated colloids, Phys. Rev. Lett., 120, 048003 (2018) arXiv
6. Zhan Ma#, Qunli Lei#, and Ran Ni*; Driving dynamic colloidal assembly using eccentric self-propelled colloids, Soft Matter, 13, 8940 (2017) arXiv
5. Qunli Lei, Kunn Hadinoto, and Ran Ni*; Role of local assembly in the hierarchical crystallization of associating colloidal hard hemispheres, Phys. Rev. Materials, 1, 052601(R) (2017) arXiv
4. Qunli Lei, Kunn Hadinoto, and Ran Ni*; Complexation of Polyelectrolytes with Hydrophobic Drug Molecules in Salt Free Solution:  Theory and Simulations, Langmuir, 33, 3900 (2017)
3. Chen Xie, Xu Zhen, Qunli Lei, Ran Ni and Kanyi Pu; Self-Assembly of Semiconducting Polymer Amphiphiles for In Vivo Photoacoustic Imaging, Adv. Funct. Mater., 27, 1605397 (2017)
2. Ran Ni*, Nucleation in Colloidal Systems: Theory and Simulation, Self-Assembling Systems: Theory and Simulation, 288 (2016) WILEY-VCH, Edited by Li-Tang Yan [Invited Review]
1. Bo Li, Feng Wang, Di Zhou, Yi Peng, Ran Ni, and Yilong Han; Modes of surface premelting in colloidal crystals composed of attractive particles, Nature, 531, 485 (2016) [Highlighted in Nature Physics]

Publications before Nanyang Technological University
22. Ran Ni*, J. Mieke Kleijn, Sanne Abeln, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, and Peter G. Bolhuis, The competition between surface adsorption and folding of fibril-forming polypeptides, Phys. Rev. E, 91, 022711 (2015) arXiv
21. Ran Ni*, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, and Peter G. Bolhuis, Tunable long range forces mediated by self- propelled colloidal hard spheres, Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 018302 (2015) [Highlighted as Editors’ Suggestion] arXiv
20. Ran Ni*, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, Marjolein Dijkstra, and Peter G. Bolhuis, Crystallizing hard-sphere glasses by doping with active particles, Soft Matter, 10 (35) 6609 (2014) [Highlighted as 2014 Soft Matter Hot Papers] arXiv
19. Zhongyu Zheng, Ran Ni, Feng Wang, Marjolein Dijkstra, Yuren Wang and Yilong Han*, Structural signatures of dynamic heterogeneities in monolayers of colloidal ellipsoids, Nature Communications, 5, 3829 (2014)
18. Ran Ni*, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, and Marjolein Dijkstra, Pushing glass transition towards random close packing using self-propelled hard spheres, Nature Communications, 4, 2704 (2013) arXiv
17. Ran Ni*, Sanne Abeln, Marieke Schor, Martien A. Cohen Stuart, and Peter G. Bolhuis; Interplay between folding and assembly of fibril-forming polypeptides; Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 058101 (2013) arXiv
16. Ran Ni* and Marjolein Dijkstra*; Effect of bond length fluctuations on crystal nucleation of hard bead chains; Soft Matter, 9, 365 (2013) [Cover story] arXiv
15. Ran Ni*, Anjan P. Gantapara, Joost de Graaf, Rene van Roij and Marjolein Dijkstra*; Phase diagram of colloidal hard superballs: from cubes via spheres to octahedra; Soft Matter, 8, 8826 (2012) [Cover story] arXiv
14. Daniela J. Kraft*, Ran Ni, Frank Smallenburg, Michiel Hermes, Kisun Yoon, Dave Weitz, Alfons van Blaaderen, Jan Groenewold, Marjolein Dijkstra, Willem K. Kegel; Surface roughness directed self- assembly of patchy particles into colloidal micelles; Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 10787 (2012) [Cover story]
13. L. Filion, M. Hermes, R. Ni, E. C. M. Vermolen, A. Kuijk, C.G. Christova, J. Stiefelhagen, T. Vissers, A. van Blaaderen and M. Dijkstra; Self-assembly of a colloidal interstitial solid solution with a tunable sublattice doping; Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 168302 (2011)
12. Ran Ni#, Frank Smallenburg#, Laura Filion and Marjolein Dijkstra*;Crystal Nucleation in binary hard-sphere mixtures: The effect of order parameter on the cluster composition; Mol. Phys., 109, 1213 (2011).
11. Laura Filion#, Ran Ni#, Daan Frenkel and Marjolein Dijkstra; Simulations of nucleation in almost hard-sphere colloids: The discrepancy between experiment and simulation persists; J. Chem. Phys., 134, 134901 (2011).
10. Ran Ni* and Marjolein Dijkstra*; Crystal nucleation of colloidal hard dumbbells; J. Chem. Phys., 134, 034501 (2011) arXiv
9. Ran Ni, Simone Belli, Rene van Roij and Marjolein Dijkstra; Glassy dynamics, spinodal fluctuations, and the kinetic limit of nucleation in suspensions of colloidal hard rods; Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 088302 (2010) arXiv
8. Laura Filion, Michiel Hermes, Ran Ni and Marjolein Dijkstra; Crystal nucleation of hard spheres using molecular dynamics, umbrella sampling and forward flux sampling: A comparison of simulation techniques; J. Chem. Phys., 133, 244115 (2010) arXiv
7. Juan Yang, Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao* and Wenchuan Wang; Polyelectrolyte-Macroion Complexation in 1:1 and 3:1 Salt Contents: A Brownian Dynamics Study, J. Phys. Chem. B, 112, 16505-16516 (2008)
6. Yiyu Hu, Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao* and Wenchuan Wang; Effect of Bridging Conformation of Polyelectrolytes on Static and Dynamic Properties of Macroions, Langmuir, 24, 10138 (2008)
5. Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao*, Wenchuan Wang and Arben Jusufi; Conformation of a Spherical Polyelectrolyte Brush in the Presence of Oppositely Charged Linear Polyelectrolytes, Macromolecules, 41, 5477 (2008)
4. Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao* and Wenchuan Wang; Release of Lysozyme from the Branched Polyelectrolyte-Lysozyme Complexation, J. Phys. Chem. B, 112, 4393 (2008)
3. Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao* and Wenchuan Wang; Nanopattern of Inner Surface of Carbon Nanotubes for Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles: A multi-step Monte Carlo method, J. Phys. Chem. C, 111, 11802 (2007)
2. Ran Ni, Dapeng Cao* and Wenchuan Wang; A Monte Carlo Study of Spherical Electrical Double Layer of Macroions-Polyelectrolytes Systems in Salt Free Solutions; J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 26232 (2006)
1. Wu Xue, Minghe Yang and Ran Ni, An Optimal Design of Linear Lamp-House; Chinese Journal of Engineering Mathematics, 20, 19 (2003) (In Chinese)
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