Peng Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist




Research Interests

  • Analytical Instruments and methods development;
  • Surface Force Apparatus and Atomic Force Microscopy;
  • Liquid under nano-confinement;
  • Optical imaging (super-resolution) and Raman spectroscopy;
  • Biomimic functional micro-/nano-scale devices.

Selected Publications

  • A. Gallo Jr., N. Musskopf, X. Liu, Z. Yang, J. Petry, P. Zhang, S. Thoroddsen, H. Im, H. Mishra " On the Formation of Hydrogen Peroxide in Water Microdroplets" Chemical Science (2022),  13, 2574-2583 DOI: 10.1039/D1SC06465G (Journal cover)
  • Z. Yang, P. Zhang, M. Shi, A. Julaih, H. Mishra, E. Di Fabrizio, S.Thoroddsen "Direct imaging of polymer filaments pulled from rebounding drops" Soft Matter (2022),  18, 5097-5105 DOI: 10.1039/D2SM00599A
  • N. Musskopf, A. Gallo Jr, P. Zhang, J. Petry, H. Mishra " The Air–Water Interface of Water Microdroplets Formed by Ultrasonication or Condensation Does Not Produce H2O2"  The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2021), 12, 11422-11429 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02953
  • Peng Zhang, and Enzo Di Fabrizio, "A droplet reactor on a super-hydrophobic surface allows control and characterization of amyloid fibril growth" Communications Biology 3, 457 (2020).
  • Maria Laura Coluccio, Gerardo Perozziello, Natalia Malara, Elvira Parrotta, Peng Zhang, Francesco Gentile, Tania Limongi, Pushparani Michael Raj, Gianni Cuda, Patrizio Candeloro, Enzo Di Fabrizio. "Microfluidic platforms for cell cultures and investigations", Microelectronic Engineering 208 (2019), 14.
  • Peng Zhang "Ultra-Fast Separation of Infectious Disease-Related Small DNA Molecules by Single- and Multi-Channel Microchip Electrophoresis" Talanta 106, (2013): 388-393.
  • Peng Zhang "Super-Resolution of Fluorescence-Free Plasmonic Nanoparticles Using Enhanced Dark-Field Illumination based on Wavelength-Modulation" Scientific Reports 5, (2015): 11447.
  • Tao Chen, Bin Dong, Kuangcai Chen, Fei Zhao, Seungah Lee, Peng Zhang, Seong Ho Kang, Ji Won Ha, Weilin Xu, and Ning Fang. "Optical Super-Resolution Imaging of Surface Reactions" Chem. Rev. 117 (2017), 7510.


  • ​Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Kyung Hee University, South Korea, 2017
  • B.E. in Polymer materials engineering, Qilu University of Science and Technology (Shandong Academy of Science), China, 2011

Professional Profile

  • ​2021 - Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017- 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017 Feb - May: Visiting Scientist, Dalian University of Technology, China


  • ​Honorable Mentions in Best Nano-Micrograph Contest, 45th International Conference on Micro & Nano Engineering, 2019
  • Excellent Ph.D. Thesis Award, Kyung Hee University, Feb. 2017
  • Excellent Poster Presentation Prize, Korean Society of Analytical Science, Jun. 2016
  • Excellent Poster Presentation Prize, Korean Chemical Society, Apr. 2015
  • Kyung Hee University Scholarship for Paper Publication in Journal, Sept. 2015
  • Kyung Hee University Scholarship for Paper Publication in Journal, March 2014
  • Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students (BK21+) Fellowship, Korean Government, 2013-2015
  • Kyung Hee University Scholarship of Dean of Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, 2012-2015
  • Kyung Hee University President Scholarship for International Students, 2012

KAUST Affiliations

  • Interfacial Laboratory (iLab)
  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)