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Yugang Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Soft and Bio Nanomaterials


  • Synthesis, macromolecular -surface functionalization, and self-assembly of metal , semiconductor, and magnetic nanoparticles
  • Small-angle X-ray scattering based structure characterization and analysis
  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy

CFN Research Activities

We developed a solution-based method to synthesize palladium nanoparticle of different shapes, and investigated the relationship between nanoparticle shape, ligand shell, and the emergent phase behavior of nanocube assemblies using small-angle x-ray scattering and electron microscopy. We also developed a general strategy for DNA functionalization and mediated assembly of 3D ordered heterogeneous systems, comprising plasmonic (Au), magnetic (FeO, Fe2O3), catalytic (Pd), and luminescent (CdSe/Te@ZnS and CdS@ZnS QDs) NPs. This strategy provides tremendous opportunities to study the self-assembly behavior and collective properties of heterogeneous systems. We observed rich phase behavior and novel disorder-to-order transition pathway of the assemblies, and also investigated their properties, including photoluminescence and magnetic response.


  • B. S., Physics, Sep, 1998 ~ July, 2002
    Department of Physics, Qingdao University
  • Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Sep, 2002 ~ July, 2007
    Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSP, CAS)

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Center for Functional Nanomaterials
    • Project: DNA-mediated assembly of nanoparticles

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

Yugang Zhang, Zhenyang Wang, Fang Lu, Ye Zhang, Yanhe Xiao, Lide Zhang, Property Modulation of Zinc Oxide Hierarchical Architectures in Photoluminescence and Raman Scattering, Applied Physics Letter, 89: 113110-1—-3, 2006

Yugang Zhang, Fang Lu, Zhenyang Wang, Lide Zhang, Aggregation of ZnO nanorods into films by oriented attachment, Journal of Physics and Chemistry C., 111: 4519-4523, 2007

Yugang Zhang, Fang Lu, Zhenyang Wang, Huixin Wang, Mingguang Kong, Xiaoguang Zhu, and Lide Zhang. ZnS Nanoparticle-Assisted Synthesis and Optical Properties of ZnS Nanotowers, Crystal Growth and Design, 7: 1459-1462, 2007

Fang Lu, Weiping Cai, Yugang Zhang, Honeycomb-like ZnO hierarchical micro/nanoarchitecture and its photocatalytic property, Advanced Functional Materials, 18: 1047-1056, 2008

Yugang Zhang, Fang Lu, Daniel van der Lelie, Oleg Gang, Continuous phase transformation in nanocube assemblies, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 135701, 2011