Olin Engineering Building 202



Dr. Kai Zhang

Position:  Lecturer/Lab Coordinator, Physics

Educational Background: B.S Harbin Institute of Technology, CHN, M.S Norfolk State University, U.S., M.E Virginia Tech, U.S., Ph.D. Norfolk State University, U.S.

Research Interests: Dr. Zhang’s research interest focus on metal oxide semiconducting sensors and devices (ZnO, TiO2), novel thermoelectric thin film materials and superlattice structures such as PbTe/PbSe and SbTe, BiTe, noble metal and metal oxide nanostructures, photonic and optoelectronic materials, Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Films,  template replication technology with porous Si membranes, synthesis of nanorods and nanotubes including novel nested tube-in-tube device architectures, design and development state-of-the-art atomic layer deposition systems for ultra-thin films. Dr. Zhang extensive research resulted in many novel achievements with superior quality and feasibility of manufacturing, synthesis, fabrication, and reproducibility. Dr. Zhang has published more than 40 refereed journal papers in prestigious peer-reviewed engineering and scientific journals, and more than twenty conference proceedings at international conferences plus one chapter in the book “Biomedical Engineering, Trends in Materials Science”, edited by A. N. Laskovski, InTech (2011). Dr. Zhang is a member of MRS, SPIE, ECS, AVS.


Selected Publications:

  • Chen X, Lin P, Zhang K. et al. Seebeck Coefficient Enhancement of ALD PbTe/PbSe Nanolaminate Structures Deposited Inside Porous Silicon Templates. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. 2016 July 29; 5(9):P503-P508.
  • Zhang K. et al. Synthesis and characterization of PbTe thin films by atomic layer deposition. Phys. Status Solidi A. 2014 May 30; 211(6):1329-1333.
  • Zhang K. et al. Atomic Layer Deposition of Nanolaminate Structures of Alternating PbTe and PbSe Thermoelectric Films. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. 2014 May 10; 3(6): P207-P212.
  • Nminibapiel D, Zhang K. et al. Growth of Nanolaminates of Thermoelectric Bi2Te3/Sb2Te3 by Atomic Layer Deposition. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. 2014 February 19; 3(4): P95-P100.
  • Abdel-Fattah T, Wixtrom A, Zhang K. et al. Highly Uniform Self-Assembled Gold Nanoparticles over High Surface Area ZnO Nanorods as Catalysts. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology. 2014 August 16; 3(10):M61.
  • Mundle R, Holloway T, Zhang K. et al. Effects of Surface Potential on Growth of ZnO Nanorod Arrays Investigated by Electric Force Microscopy. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 2012 May 01; 12(5):3938.
  • Gopikrishnan R, Zhang K. et al. Epitaxial growth of the zinc oxide nanorods, their characterization and in vitro biocompatibility studies. J Mater Sci Mater Med .. 2011 August 07; 22(10):2301.
  • Gopikrishnan R, Zhang K. et al. Synthesis, Characterization and Biocompatibility Studies of Zinc oxide (ZnO) Nanorods for Biomedical Application. Nano-Micro Lett.. 2010 March 23; 22:2301.
  • Zhang K. et al. Co-ferrite Spinel and FeCo Alloy Core Shell Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Systems for Multifunctional Applications. J. Appl. Phys.. 2012 March 07; 111:07B525.
  • Zhang K. et al. Magnetic Nanocomposite Spinel and FeCo Core-shell and Mesoporous Systems. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 2012 February 02; 324(12):1938.
  • Zhang K. et al. Magnetic Behavior of Nanocrystalline CoFe2O4. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 2011 January 28; 323(12):1616.

Zhang K. et al. Synthesis and Magnetic Characterizations of La1−xSrxMnO3 Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 2010 September 10; 10(9):5520.