Jin Zhang received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 1983, and through the Chemistry Graduate Program (CGP) his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, in 1989. His Ph.D. degree work focused on experimental and theoretical studies of molecular reaction dynamics in the gas phase. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, from 1989 to 1992, where he studied reaction dynamics in solutions using ultrafast laser and computer simulation techniques. In 1992, Zhang joined the faculty at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, where he is currently a Full Professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Zhang's recent research interests focus on design, synthesis, characterization, exploration of applications of advanced materials including semiconductor, metal oxide, metal nanomaterials, organic conjugated polymers, and photodrugs. The emphasis has been on novel fundamental optical and dynamic properties of these materials and their applications in areas such as solar energy conversion, for example, solar cells and hydrogen generation and storage, chemical sensing and detection, and biomedical detection and therapy. He has served on numerous review panels for NIH, NSF, and DOE and currently serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He received the Overseas Young Investigator Award of the NSF of China in 2006. Dr. Zhang has authored 250 journal publications and coauthored and coedited three books. He is currently writing a new book on Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials. He was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in 2007, and has served as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry published by American Chemical Society, since 2004.
Biography Updated on 20 July 2014