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Yugang Zhang

Staff Scientist | Soft and Bio Nanomaterials


  • Synchrotron-based X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS, XPCS) 
  • Advanced (coherent) X-ray data analysis methods
  • Programmable self-assembly  
  • Dynamics of nano/mesoscale complex materials

CFN Research Activities

Yugang’s current research program is focusing on the development of state-of the-art analysis and characterization methods to study soft matter and bionanomaterials using synchrotron-based X-ray scattering techniques. His research interests include self-assembly at nanoscale, dynamics of active colloids in complex fluids, and development of advanced data analysis methods for X-ray scattering. Yugang also supports users’ research activities and develops new capabilities at the beamlines at National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), BNL.


  • Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Dissertation title: Hierarchical controlled synthesis, morphology and property modulation of zinc-based I-VI semiconductor Nanomaterials
  • Postdoctoral Research: Center for Functional Nanomaterials, BNL
    • Project: Programmable self-assembly of nanoparticle superlattices

Professional Appointments

  • Staff Scientist, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2019 – present
  • Staff Scientist, National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2015– 2019

Selected Publications & Research Highlights


R. Headrick, J. Ulbrandt, P. Myint, J. Wan, Y. Li, A. Fluerasu, Y. G. Zhang, L. Wiegart and K. Ludwig, Coherent X-ray measurement of step-flow propagation during growth on polycrystalline thin film surfaces, Nature Communications, 10, 2638 (2019). [DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10629-8]

F. Lu, T. Vo, Y. G. Zhang, A. Frenkel, K. G. Yager, S. Kumar, O. Gang, Unusual packing of soft-shelled nanocubes, Science Advances, 5, eaaw2399 (2019). [DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2399]

F. Lu, H. L. Xin, W. W. Xia, M. Z. Liu, Y. G. Zhang, W. P. Cai, O. Gang, Tailoring Surface Opening of Hollow Nanocubes and Their Application as Nanocargo Carriers, ACS Central Science, 4, 1742 (2018). [DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.8b00778] (selected as a Supplementary Cover)

J. Lhermitte, A. Stein, C. Tian, Y.G. Zhang, L. Wiegart, A. Fluerasu, O. Gang, K. Yager, Coherent amplification of X-ray scattering from meso-structures, IUCrJ 4, 604, (2017). [DOI: 10.1107/S2052252517008107 ]

Y. Tian, Y.G. Zhang, et al., Lattice engineering through nanoparticle–DNA frameworks, Nature Materials, 15, 654, (2016). [DOI: 10.1038/nmat4571 ]

Y. G. Zhang, S. Pal, B. Srinivasan, T. Vo, S. Kumar, O. Gang, Selective transformations between nanoparticle superlattices via the reprogramming of DNA-mediated interactions, Nature Materials, 14, 840, (2015). [DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4296]

F. Lu, K. G. Yager, Y. G. Zhang, H. L. Xin, O. Gang, Superlattices assembled through shape-induced directional binding, Nature Communications, 6, 6912 (2015). [DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7912]

Y. G. Zhang, F. Lu, K. G. Yager, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang, A general strategy for the DNA-mediated self-assembly of functional nanoparticles into heterogeneous systems, Nature Nanotechnology 8, 865, (2013). [DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2013.209]

Y. G. Zhang, F. Lu, D. van der Lelie, O. Gang, Continuous phase transformation in nanocube assemblies, Physical Review Letters 107, 135701, (2011). [DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.135701]