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Jin Zhang
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Affiliations Biomolecular Science & Engineering
  • Phone
    831-459-3776 (Office), 831-459-3912 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, 152
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 152 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 183 (Lab)
  • Office Hours MW 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry
  • Courses Chemistry 1B (current), Graduate Spectroscpy, Graduate Quantum Chemistry, Undergraduate Quantum Chemistry, Chemistry 1A, Physical Chemistry Lab

Summary of Expertise

Design, synthesis, characterization, and application of nanomaterials, including semiconductor and metal nanoparticles; femtosecond laser spectroscopy; ultrafast dynamics of nanomaterials; cancer biomarker detection; surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy; solar energy conversion, sensing, and light emission.

Research Interests

The Zhang research group is primarily interested in the design, development, characterization, and application of advanced materials with emphasis on optical and electronic nanomaterials (nanocrystals or quantum dots, magic sized clusters, and quantum dot solids) of both semiconductors and metals. These nanomaterials have novel physical and chemical properties due to quantum confinement and exceedingly large surface to volume ratio. The design and synthesis of the materials are mostly based on inorganic colloidal chemistry methods. The synthesized materials are characterized systematically and extensively using a variety of experimental techniques including SERS (surface-enhanced Raman scattering), optical spectroscopy, ultrafast laser, x-ray (XAFS, XPS), ESR, electrochemical, and microscopy. In the meantime, the group actively explores emerging technological applications of these advanced nanomaterials in areas such as solar energy conversion, hydrogen generation via water splitting, cancer biomarker detection, photoelectrochemistry, sensors, and LEDs. A number of projects have been accomplished and several are currently under investigation. Some examples of on-going projects include:


1. Metal halide perovskite films, quantum dots (QDs), and magic sized clusters (MSCs): fundamental issues related to stability, optical properties, solar energy conversion, LED and sensing applications

2. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensors for chemical and biomedical detection with emphasis on cancer biomarkers including antigens and antibodies. 


3. Photothermal imaging and ablation therapy of cancer cells using hollow gold nanoshells (HGNs)

4. Ultrafast studies of exciton and charge carrier dynamics in doped and undoped semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) and plasmonic metal nanostructures.

5. Hydrogen generation via water splitting based on novel semiconductor, oxide, and metal nanostructures including nanowires and nanorods via photoelectrochemistry or photocatalysis.

Biography, Education and Training

1983, Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
1989, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
1992, Postdoctoral Fellows, UC Berkeley

Honors, Awards and Grants

2020 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2019 Inducted Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials

2014 Richard A. Glenn Award, ACS Energy and Fuel Division

2011 Elected Fellows of the American Chemical Society
2009 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
2009-present, Adjunct Professor of Beijing Institute of Science and Technology
2009-present, Adjunct Professor of Nanyang University of Science and Technology, Nanyang, Henan, China
2007 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2008-present, Adjunct Professor of Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.
2006-present, Guest Professor, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China
2007-2009, Overseas Young Investigator Award, NSF of China, Sponsored by Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2005-2007, Senior Visiting Scholar, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2006-2010, Member of AAAS
1991-present, Member of the American Chemical Society
1988-2010, Member of the American Physical Society
1984-85, Doering Chemistry Graduate Program (CGP) Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle
1983, Recipient of CGP Award by the Chinese Education Commission
1983, Outstanding Student Award, Fudan University, China

Selected Publications

1.     Ke Xu, Evan T. Vickers,  Binbin Luo, A’Lester C. Allen, Graham Roseman, Qihui Wang, David Kliger, Glenn L. Millhauser, Xueming Li, and Jin Zhong Zhang, “First Synthesis of Mn-Doped Cesium Lead Bromide Perovskite Magic Sized Cluster at Room Temperature”, JPCL, 11, 1162-1169, 2020.


2. Evan Vickers, Ke Xu, Xueming Li, and Jin Z. Zhang, “Dependence of Stability and Electronic and Optical Properties of Perovskite Quantum Dots on Capping Ligand Chain Length”, J. Chem. Phys. (invited special issue on Lead Halide Perovskites), 152, 034701, 2019.


3.     Binbin Luo, Dehai Liang, Shanshan Sun, Yonghong Xiao, Xin Lian, Xianli Li, Ming-De Li, Xiao-Chun Huang, and Jin Z. Zhang, “Breaking Forbidden Transitions for Emission of Self-Trapped Excitons in Two Dimensional (F2CHCH2NH3)2CdBr4 Perovskite through Pb Alloying”, JPCL, 11, 199-205, 2019.


4.      Ke Xu, Evan T. Vickers, Binbin Luo, Qihui Wang, A’Lester C. Allen, Hongmei Wang, Vivien Cherrette, Xueming Li, and Jin Zhong Zhang, “Room Temperature Synthesis of Cesium Lead Bromide Perovskite Magic Sized Clusters with Controlled Ratio of Carboxylic Acid and Benzylamine Capping Ligands“, Solar Cells and Solar Materials, 208, 110341, 2019.


5. Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Som Sarang, Amanda Brewer, A’Lester Allen, Sayantani Ghosh, and Jin Z. Zhang, “Size and Temperature Dependence of Photoluminescence of Hybrid Perovskite Nanocrystals“, JCP, in press (invited special issue on quantum dots), 151, 154705, 2019.


6.  Ke Xu, A’Lester C. Allen, Binbin Luo, Evan T. Vickers, Qihui Wang, Will Hollingsworth, Alexander L. Ayzner, Xueming Li, and Jin Zhong Zhang, “Tuning from Quantum Dots to Magic Sized Clusters of CsPbBr3 using Novel Planar Ligands based on Trivalent Nitrate Coordination Complex“, JPCL, 10, 4409-4416, 2019.


7.  Evan T. Vickers, Ke Xu, Benjamin W. Dreskin, Thomas A. Graham, Xueming Li, and Jin Z. Zhang, “Ligand Dependent Growth and Optical Properties of Hybrid Organo-metal Halide Perovskite Magic Sized Clusters“, JPCC (invited for Hai-Lung Dai special issue.), 123, 18746-18752, 2019.


9.  Jin Z. Zhang, “A “Cocktail” Approach to Effective Surface Passivation of Multiple Surface Defects of Metal Halide Perovskites Using a Combination of Ligands”, JPCL (invited perspective), 10, 5055-5063, 2019.


10.  Binbin Luo, Yan Guo, Xianli Li, Yonghong Xiao, Xiao-Chun Huang, and Jin Zhong Zhang, “ “Efficient Trap-Mediated Mn2+ Dopant Emission in 2D Single-Layered Perovskite (CH3CH2NH3)2PbBr4“, JPCC, 123, 14239-14245, 2019, 2019.



11.  Yi-Hsuan Chiu, Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Ming-Yu Kuo, Ting-Hsuan Lai, Kao-Der Chang, Jin Z. Zhang, Yung-Jung Hsu, “Yolk-Shell Nanostructures as an Emerging Photocatalyst Paradigm for Solar Hydrogen Generation”, Nano Energy, 62, 289-298, 2019, 2019.

Teaching Interests

General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Lab, Graduate Quantum Chemistry, Graduate Spectroscopy.