Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Zhang Hua

Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Prof Zhang Hua

Dr. Hua Zhang is currently an assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering since July 2006. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Nanjing University in China in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Nano-Chemistry from Peking University in China in July 1998. He joined Prof. Frans C. De Schryver’s group at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium as a Research Associate in January 1999. Then he moved to Prof. Chad A. Mirkin’s group at Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2001. He started to work at NanoInk Inc. (USA) as a Research Scientist/Chemist in August 2003. After that, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore from November 2005 to July 2006. He has published 2 book chapters, 40+ papers and 20+ patent applications. His H-index is 15. He is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Nanoscience (2007-) and sits on the Editorial Board of NANO (2007-). He has been invited as a reviewer for a number of premier journals, including Nano Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules, Nanotechnolgy, etc. He has been a Session Chair and in the Organizing Committee for some international conferences. He is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society (MRS) and Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S).
Research Interests
Dr. Hua Zhang's areas of expertise are nano-science and technology. His research is highly interdisciplinary. His current research interests include fabrication of surface structures from micro- to nano-scale based on micro-contact printing and dip pen nanolithography (DPN), scanning probe microscopy, self-assembled monolayers, self-assembly and self-organization of nano- and bio-materials, and synthesis and application of nano-materials.
Current Projects
  • 2D copper chalcogenide-based nanostructures for highly efficient solar cells
  • Biochemistry for next generation optiqua sensor technology
  • Biodegradable Cardiovascular Implants
  • Biodegradable Cardiovascular Implants: Surface Functionalization for Cell Growth
  • Controlled directional growth of nanostructures on wafer-scale nanopatterns
  • Detection of bacteria in water using plasmonics and nanostructures enhancing sensitivity
  • Development of Graphene-Interconnect Materials for Optoelectronic Applications
  • Dual-functional hybrid membrane based on carbon aerogels for highly efficient oil removal from wasterwater
  • Effective screening of food import in Singapore using highly sensitive and reliable sensing platforms based on two-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Graphene-Based Materials: Synthesis, Functionalization and Applications
  • Nanomaterials for Energy and Water Management
  • Preparation of Carbon Aerogel for Offshore Oil Spill Cleaning and Rig Washing Effluent Containment
  • Preparation of ultrasmall nanodot-based nanomaterials from layered materials used for electrocatalysis
  • R&D Programme in Singapore
  • Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks on Three-Dimensional Nanostructures Composed of Two-Dimensional Nanosheets for High-Performance Catalysts
  • Synthesis of Novel Graphene-Templated Metallic Nanostructures for Sensing Applications
  • Synthesis of Novel Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials
  • Synthesis of Novel Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials
  • Synthesis of novel metal nanomaterials
  • Synthesis of two-dimensional metal oxide-metal chalcogenide hybrid nanostructures for light-emitting diodes
  • Two-dimensional nanosheet-based detection of 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine in food
Selected Publications
  • H. Li, J. Zhang, X. Zhou, G. Lu, Z. Yin, G. Li, T. Wu, F. Boey, S. S. Venkatraman, H. Zhang. (2009). Amino Silane Micropatterns on Hydroxyl-Terminated Substrates: Fabrication and Applications. Langmuir, 26(8), 5603-5609.
  • Huo F., Zheng Z., Zheng G., Giam L.R., Zhang H., Mirkin C.A. (2008). Polymer Pen Lithography. Science, 321, 1658-1660.
  • Zhang J., Wang L., Pan D., Song S., Boey F.Y.C., Zhang H., Fan C. H. (2008). Visual Cocaine Detection with Gold Nanoparticles and Rationally Engineered Aptamer Structures. Small, 4, 1196-1200.
  • Liu H.M., Wang N., Zhao J.W., Guo Y., Yin X., Boey F.Y.C., Zhang H. (2008). Length-dependent Conductance of Molecular Wires and Contact Resistance in Metal-Molecule-Metal Junctions. ChemPhysChem, 9, 1416-1424.
  • Zhang, H; Mullen, K; De Feyter, S. (2007). Pulsed-force-mode AFM studies of polyphenylene dendrimers on self-assembled monolayers. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, 111, 8142-8144.

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