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, Wash, USA in 1989. His Ph.D. 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, Berkeley, Calif, USA from 1989 to 1992, where he studied reaction dynamics in solutions using ultrafast laser and computer simulation techniques. In 1992, he joined the faculty at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa, Cruz, Calif, USA, where he is currently Full Professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Zhang’s recent research interests focus on design, synthesis, characterization, and exploration of applications of advanced materials including semiconductor, metal oxide, and 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. His research has been funded by several agencies, including NSF, DOE, DOD, LLNL, UC Energy Institute, and California Energy Commission. He has served on numerous review panels for NIH, NSF, and DOE and currently serves on the editorial board of several international journals. He received the “Overseas Young Investigator Award” of the NSF of China in 2006. Dr. Zhang has authored 130 journal publications and coauthored and coedited two books. He is currently writing a new book on “Optical Properties and Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials”. He was elected 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 9 March 2011