Department Faculty

Jin Zhang
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Affiliations Biomolecular Science & Engineering
  • Phone
    831-459-3776 (Office), 831-459-3912 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location 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 Taught 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 on surfaces and at interfaces; cancer biomarker detection; surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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) 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 and storage, cancer biomarker detection, photocatalysis, sensors, imaging, detectors, and lasers. A number of projects have been accomplished and several are currently under investigation. Some examples of on-going projects include:

1. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) based on Au and Ag nanoparticles/aggregates and development of SERS sensors for chemical and biomedical detection with emphasis on cancer biomarkers including antigens and antibodies of ovarian and lung cancers.

2. Ultrafast interfacial electron dynamics and surface modification of semiconductor nanoparticles: CdS, CdSe, CdTe, PbS, Ag2S, CuS. Biocnjugation of semiconductor quantum dots to proteins for biomedical cancer detection based on photoluminescence

3. Hydrogen generation and storage based on novel semiconductor, oxide, and metal nanostructures including nanowires and nanorods via photoelectrochemistry or photocatalysis.

4. Photoluminescence and up-conversion luminescence of doped semiconductor nanoparticles: Mn2+ and Cu+ doped ZnS, ZnSe, CdS nanoparticles

5. Solar energy conversion based on dye, polymer, or quantum dot sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2, WO3, or ZnO solar cells, in conjunction with N-doping, using conjugated polymers as solid electrolytes

6. Hot electron relaxation in metal nanoparticles and nanoparticle aggregates: Ag, Au, Pd, and Pt

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

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

2011 Elected Fellows of the Amverican 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-present, Member of AAAS
1991-present, Member of the American Chemical Society
1988-present, 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.     Lei Wang, Huili Gong, Nian Peng, Jin Z. Zhang, “Molecular Mechanism on the Effective Capture of Aerosol Elemental Carbon by Plant Leaves,“ Environmental Science and Technology, in press, 2018.

2.     Jianwu Wei, Furong Huang, Sanni Wang, Liya Zhou, Qi Pang, Jin Zhong Zhang, “Highly Stable Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells Modified with Polyethylenimine via Ionic Bonding“, ChemNanoMat, in press, 2018,

3.     Xiaoguang Xu, Kai Wang, Yue Zhao, Liying Lu, Haicheng Wang, Yan Li, Yong Wu, Jun Miao, Jin Zhong Zhang, Yong Jiang, “Enhanced Electrocatalytic Properties of Ag/Bi2Fe4O9 Nanoparticles for Biosensing of Glucose”, ACS AMI, in press, 2018.

4.      Fei Li, Zhiguo Xia, Caofeng Pan, Yue Gong, Yibao Chen, Lin Gu, Quanlin Liu, Jin Z. Zhang, “High Br content CsPb(ClyBr1-y)3 perovskite Nanocrystals with Strong Mn2+ emission through diverse ion exchange engineering“, ACS AMI, in press, 2018.

5.     Sanni Wang, Furong Huang, Liya Zhou, Jianwu Wei, Youling Xin, Peng Jin, , Zhuo Cai, Zuodong Yin, Qi Pang, Jin Zhong Zhang, “Enhanced photoluminescence property and stability of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals with protonated melamine“, ChemNanoMat, in press, 2018.

6.     Sarah A. Lindley, Jason K. Cooper, Mauricio Rojas-Andrade, Victoria Fung, Shaowei Chen, and Jin Z. Zhang, “The Formation Mechanism of Highly Tunable Hollow Gold Nanospheres: Gaining Size Control and Uniform Galvanic Exchange of Sacrificial Cobalt Boride Scaffolds“, ACS AMI, in press, 2018.

7.    Staci A. Adams, Jesse L. Hauser, A’Lester C. Allen, Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Kurt P. Lindquist, Arthur Ramirez, Scott Oliver, Jin Z. Zhang, “Magnetic and Plasmonic Properties of Gold Nanoparticle Decorated Magnetite Particles Functionalized with Silica and Poly (vinyl pyrrolidone)”, ACS Applied Nano Materials, in press, 2018.

8.     Claudia Longo, Miguel T. Galante, Bob Fitzmorris, Jin Z. Zhang, S.F.R. Taylor, Norma Tacconi, J. Ping Liu, Jeotikanta Mohapatra, Luís G.T.A. Duarte, Mohammad K. Hossain, Teresa D.Z. Atvars, Christopher Hardacre, Krishnan Rajeshwar, “Complex Oxides Based on Silver, Bismuth and Tungsten: Syntheses, Characterization and Photoelectrochemical Behavior“, JPCC,  in press, 2018.

9.     Ghada Abdelmageed, Heather Renee Sully, Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Amr Elhag Ali, Sue A. Carter, and Jin Z. Zhang, “Improved Stability of Organo-metal Halide Perovskite Films and Solar Cells Towards Humidity Via Surface Passivation with Oleic Acid”, ACS Applied Energy Materials, in press, 2018.

10.     Ping Yu, Junchao Ma, Rong Zhang, Jin Z. Zhang, Gerardine G. Botte, “Novel Pd-Co Electrocatalyst Supported on Carbon Fibers with Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity for Coal Electrolysis to Produce Hydrogen“, ACS Applied Energy Materials, in press, 2018.

11.     Chunhe Li, Hongmei Wang,, Sara Bonabi Naghadeh, Jin Zhong Zhang, Pengfei Fang, “NiS/CdS Nanostructures for Hydrogen Evolution by Photocatalytic Reforming of Lignin and Lactic Acid under Visible Light“, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, in press, 2018.

12.     Hongmei Wang, Sara Bonabi Naghadehb, Chunhe Li, Lu Ying, A'Lester Allen, and Jin Zhong Zhang, “Enhanced Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Activities of CdS Nanowires by Surface Modification with MoS2 Nanosheets“, Science China Materials, in press (invited article), 2018.

13.     Ghada Abdelmageed, Cameron Mackeen, Kaitlin Hellier, Leila Jewell, Lydia Seymour, Mark Tingwald, Frank Bridges, Jin Z. Zhang, and Sue Carter, “Effect of Temperature On Light Induced Degradation in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Thin Films and Solar Cells”, Solar Energy Mater. Solar Cells, 174, 566-571, 2018..

Teaching Interests

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