Nature Commun. 2015, 6, 7664
Feature article in J. Phys. Chem. C. 2014,118, 25291
Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 2782
Langmuir 2015, 31, 3745
Science 2014, 344, 495

The Group Leader

Dr. Peng Zhang

Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

BSc, MSc, Jilin University (China)
PhD, The University of Western Ontario
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University

Phone: (902) 494-3323
Fax: (902) 494-1310
Email: peng.zhang "at" dal.ca
Office: Room 317, Chemistry Building
Lab: Room 337, Chemistry Building
Mailing address:
Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, B3H4R2, Canada

Summary of Research

Our research falls into the rapidly growing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and centers around the studies of metal nanoparticles, the fundamental building blocks of nanotechnology. The past two decades have witnessed an explosive growth of research in metal nanoparticles, which show promising applications in a variety of areas in nanotechnology.

In order to improve the performance of metal nanoparticles in practical applications, selection of bimetallic and trimetallic systems with well-tailored atomic structure, such as cluster, core-shell and atomically dispersed alloy, is often preferred. These multicomponent nanoparticles may combine many desired functionalities associated with each component, such as enhanced catalytic reactivity, high stability, and biocompatability. In spite of these advantages, it remains a primary challenge to synthesize and characterize multicomponent metal nanoparticles with well-tailored structure and properties. Towards this end, our research is intended to improve the ability to precisely control the structure and properties of multi-component nanoparticles by developing efficient synthetic methodology and by providing insights into their structure-property relationships with powerful synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy methods in association with many other techniques. In addition to these fundamental studies, we are actively seeking the applications of these nanoparticles in catalysis, energy and biomedicine.

Recent Group News

August 14, 2018

Paul Duchesne's single-atom catalyst paper has just been accepted by NATURE MATERIALS. Good job, Paul!

May 17, 2018

The Zhang group congratulates the former PhD student Dan Chevrier for winning the prestigious EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship!

May 11, 2018

Dr. Zhang delivered a keynote lecture at the 25th Canadian Symposium on Catalysis. Congratulations!

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to our former PhD student Dan Chevrier for winning the prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship!

April 1, 2018

Congratulations to our new MSc student David Morris for winning the renewable Nova Scotia Graduate Entrance Scholarship!

January 1, 2018

Dr. Zhang has been invited to become the Editorial Board Member for the ACS journal J. Phys. Chem. A/B/C/Letter. Congratulations!

December 1, 2017

Congratulations to Rui Yang for successfully defending his MSc thesis!

January 8, 2017

Congratulations to Dan and Paul for successfully defending their PhD theses!

February 7, 2016

The Zhang group congratulates the former PhD student Daniel Padmos on his receiving the prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship!

April 13, 2015

Dan Chevrier has been recently awarded with best oral presentation at the gold-based materials symposium at the spring 2015 MRS conference and an O'Brien Fellowship award!