Zhenyuan Zhang

Title and Affiliation

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Environmental Health
Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology

Contact Info

Phone: 617-432-3615
Email: zhezhang@hsph.harvard.edu
Office: SPH1-G31

Short Bio

Zhenyuan Zhang got his PhD on size-dependent properties of nanoparticles and thin films at University of Notre Dame in 2005. After his PhD, Dr. Zhang had postdoctoral appointments at several institutions, including University of Notre Dame, University of California Davis, Sandia National Laboratories, and Duke University. Before he came to Harvard, Dr. Zhang was an R & D scientist at Ivoclar Vivadent Manufacturing, Inc., developing wet processing methods for nanoceramics, and a materials scientist at EPA, characterizing nanomaterials to investigate their environmental impacts. Dr. Zhang has co-authored 12 journal papers and 25 conference proceedings, and holds 2 U.S. patents on synthesis, characterization, and application of various nanomaterials. The nanomaterials Dr. Zhang synthesizes include oxide nanoparticles, inorganic nanoparticles, monometallic/bimetallic core-shell or alloy nanoparticles, and semiconductor quantum dots. The characterization methods Dr. Zhang uses include TEM/STEM, SEM, EDX, XPS, XRD, FTIR, Raman, AFM, DLS, UV-vis, and confocal.

Research Interests

  • To develop methods for characterizing nanomaterials.
  • To develop methods for synthesizing nanomaterials and optimizing stability of nanomaterial dispersants.
  • To apply nanomaterials on contrast agents, dental application etc.

Selected Publications

Beltran-Huarac J, Zhang Z, Pyrgiotakis G, DeLoid G, Vaze N, Demokritou P. Development of reference metal and metal oxide engineered nanomaterials for nanotoxicology research using high throughput and precision flame spray synthesis approaches. NanoImpact. 2018 Apr;10:26-37.