Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, NUS, Singapore (2003)
NSERC VF, National Research Council Canada (2003-2005)
NSERC PDF, Molecular & Cellular Medicine, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada (2006-2007)
Dr. Zhang’s expertise and research interests include the design, processing, surface modification, and characterization of nanocomposites for the applications in the fields of bioengineering and sustainable energy.
The goal of the Multifunctional Nanocomposites Lab (MNL) led by Dr. Zhang at Western is to develop multifunctional nanomaterials used for advanced biomedical devices. To achieve the goal, the Zhang group is dedicated to the study on the surface and interface of hybrid nanomaterials, and the interaction between nanomaterials and biological systems.
Currently, the research activities of the Zhang group focus on developing advanced nanomaterials with enhanced chemical, magnetic, and optical properties. Three research directions in the Zhang group include (1) multifunctional nanocomposites-processing & properties, (2) targeted drug delivery, and (3) protein and chemical sensor.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Nov. 2017 Outstanding Mid-Career Achievement in Nanoscience and
Nanotechnology in Ontario, NanoOntario
April 2014 Early Researcher Award, Ontario
March 2012 Honored on List of Women Innovators Making a Difference in Global
Health, International Women’s Day.
July 2011 Grand Challenges Canada-Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health
August 2010 Keynote speech, the International Conference on Nanotechnology
May 2010 ARVO International Travel Grant
Member of Editorial Boards
- Associate Editor, IEEE transaction on nanobioscience
- Associate Editor, International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials