Professor Zhang, Li

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Basel;
MS, University of Kiel;
BS, Zhejiang University;
Senior Member of IEEE;
Member of ASME and MRS
Address:
Mechanical and Automation Engineering
Room 309, William M.W. Mong Engineering Building
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
Tel:
Fax:
e-mail:
Website:
(852) 3943 1150
(852) 2603 6002
lizhang@mae.cuhk.edu.hk
http://www.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/~lizhang

Biography

Li Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE) and an associate faculty member in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received the B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, China, in 2000, the M.S. degree from the University of Kiel, Germany, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2007. From 2002 to 2006, he was with the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute, and also with the Department of Physics at the University of Basel. He joined the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland as a postdoctoral fellow in 2007, and as a senior scientist from 2009 to 2012.

His main research interests include micro-/nanotechnology, micro-/nanorobotics and their biomedical applications, and materials for energy storage and environmental applications. Dr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ASME, IEEE RAS, MRS and ACS. Since 2004 he has authored and co-authored over 100 journal papers/conference proceedings/book chapters,and several of his journal papers have been indexed as ISI highly cited papers. He has an H-index of 30 based on Google Scholar Citations. He currently serves as an Editorial Board member of Scientific Reports (NPG), an Associate Editor of Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (Springer) and International Journal of Advanced Robotic System (SAGE Publishing), and he was a leading Guest Editor of Nanoscale (RSC Publishing) and Robotics and Biomimetics (Springer). He also serves as a peer reviewer for Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Robotics, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, JACS, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Energy, IEEE/ASEM JMEMS, IEEE T-Ro, IEEE T-ASE, IEEE T-NANO, etc.

Research

  • Micromachines and nanorobots: develop remote-controlled functional micromachines and nanorobots for biomedical applications; develop micro- and nanorobotic platforms for on-demand robotic tasks.
  • Micro- and nanotechnology: bridge micro-/nanotechnology and new materials with robotics at small scales; micro-/nanofabrication techniques and self-assembly.
  • Functional nanomaterials: design, synthesize and characterization of nanomaterials for energy storage and green environment.

Teaching by Years

2016/2017

  • MAEG3010 Mechanics of Materials
  • MAEG3920 Engineering Design and Applications
  • MAEG5120 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications

2015/2016
  • GEUC4011General Education of United College: Senior Seminar
  • MAEG3920 Engineering Design and Applications
  • MAEG5120 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications
  • BMEG 4410 BioMEMS (with Prof. X.K. Sun)
  • BMEG2000 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (2-hr introductory lectures - one on the topic "BionMEMS")

2014/2015
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (as a mentor)
  • ENGG2600D Technology, Society and Engineering Practice
  • MAEG3920 Engineering Design and Applications

2013/2014
  • BMEG4410 BioMEMS
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (as a mentor)
  • MAEG3920 Engineering Design and Applications

2012/2013
  • BMEG4410 BioMEMS
  • ENGG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design (Mentor)
  • MAEG3920 Engineering Design and Applications
  • BMEG5760 BioMEMS and Bio-Nanotechnology (with Prof. S.C. Chen and Prof. W.J. Li)

Honors & Awards

  • Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC), Early Career Award 2013-14.
  • Living Machines Award for Best Paper of The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetics and Biohybrid Systems (Living Machines 2013), with K. Peyer (first author), E. Siringil, M. Suter, B. Nelson, 2013.
  • JALA Ten Award - Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA)'s annual list recognizing top ten technological breakthroughs of 2012, with Tristan Petit, Kathrin Peyer, Bradley Kratochvil and Bradley Nelson, 2013.
  • Honorable mention of the JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest, 2013.
  • Best Image Award of the 7th MRC Graduate Symposium, ETH Zurich, 2012.
  • Best Student Paper Award of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2012), with Kathrin Peyer (the student winner), Famin Qiu, and Bradley Nelson, 2012.
  • Helical swimming microrobot (Artificial Bacterial Flagella), developed at ETH Zurich, is reported in the Guinness Book of World Records 2012, described as "Most Advanced Mini Robot for Medical Use", 2012.
  • Materials Today Cover Competition Winner: selected as one of ten winners in Materials Today Cover Competition, 2011.
  • Best Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE-NANOMED 2010) as the first author, with Tristan Petit, Kathrin Peyer, Bradley Kratochvil, and Bradley Nelson, 2010.
  • Best Student Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2010), with Kathrin Peyer (the student winner), Bradley Kratochvil, and Bradley Nelson, 2010.
  • Nano Today Cover Competition Winner: selected as one of six winners from 335 competition entries of Nano Today Cover Competition, 2008.
  • 2nd prize winner in the Micro & Nano-graph Contest of the 34th International conference of Micro- and Nano- Engineering (MNE2008), 2008.
  • Honorable mention of the "Chunhui Cup" Pioneering Competition for Overseas Chinese Scholars with the project "Manufacturing Carbon Nanotubes in Industry". The competition was endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science & Technology of the People's Republic of China, 2008.
  • Best Automation Paper Award-Finalist of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2007), with Lixin Dong, Xinyong Tao, Xiaobin Zhang, and Bradley Nelson, 2007
  • Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad: elected as one of the top 202 Chinese Ph. D candidates in the foreign countries by China Scholarship Council (CSC), 2005.
  • 1st prize winner in the Micro & Nano-graph Contest of the 31th International Conference of Micro- and Nano- Engineering (MNE2005), 2005.
  • Special Art Award in Raith (German Nanofabrication Company, www.raith.de) Micrograph contest, 2005.

Publications

Journal Papers

  • L. Dai, X. Huang, L. X. Dong, Q. Zhang, L. Zhang, The mechanically tough, elastic and stable rope-like double nanohelices, Nanoscale, 2014. DOI: 10.1039/C4NR00296B
  • T. Huang, F. Qiu, H. Tung, K. Peyer, N. Shamsudhin, J. Pokki, L. Zhang, X. Chen, B. Nelson, M. S. Sakar, Cooperative Manipulation and Transport of Microobjects Using Multiple Helical Microcarriers, RSC Advances, Vol. 4, 26771-26776, 2014
  • K. E. Peyer, B. J. Nelson, L. Zhang, E. Siringil, Magnetic Polymer Composite Artificial Bacterial Flagella, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2014
  • R. Mhanna, F. Qiu, L. Zhang, Y. Ding, K. Sugihara, M. Zenobi-Wong, B. J. Nelson, Artificial Bacterial Flagella for Remote-Controlled Targeted Single-Cell Drug Delivery, Small, Vol. 10, 1953-1957, 2014
  • L. Han, P. Tang, L. Zhang, Ternary Hierarchical Co3O4@PPy@MnO2 Core-Shell-Shell Nanowire Arrays for Enhanced Electrochemical Energy Storage, Nano Energy, Vol. 7, 42-51, 2014 (highlighted as the front cover)
  • P. Tang, L. Han, L. Zhang, Facile Synthesis of Graphite/PEDOT/MnO2 Composites on Commercial Supercapacitor Separator Membranes as Flexible and High-Performance Supercapacitor Electrodes, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol. 6, 10506-10515
  • Q. Li, J. Cheng, B. Wang, L. Zhang, Activated Carbon Modified by CNTs/Ni-Co Oxide as Hybrid Electrode Materials for High Performance Supercapacitors, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 13, 557-562, 2014
  • Q. Li, J. Bian, L. Zhang, R. Zhang, G. Wang, D. H. L. Ng, Synthesis of Carbon Materials-TiO2 Hybrid Nanostructures and Their Visible-Light Photo-catalytic Activity, ChemPlusChem, Vol. 79, 454-461, 2014
  • X. Gong, J. Cheng, F. Liu, L. Zhang, X. Zhang, Nickel-cobalt hydroxide microspheres electrodepositioned on nickel cobaltite nanowires grown on nickel foam for high-performance pseudocapacitors, Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 267, 610-616, 2014
  • F. Qiu, R. Mhanna, L. Zhang, Y. Ding, S. Fujita, B. J. Nelson, Artificial bacterial flagella functionalized with temperature-sensitive liposomes for controlled release, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 196, 676-681, 2014
  • F. Qiu, L. Zhang, K. Peyer, M. Casarosa, A. Franco-Obregen, H. Choi, B. J. Nelson, Noncytotoxic Artificial Bacterial Flagella Fabricated from Biocompatible ORMOCOMP and Iron Coating, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Vol. 2, 357-362, 2014. (highlighted as the front cover)
  • S. Kim, F. Qiu, A. Ghanbari, S. Kim, J. Moon, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, H Choi, Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Microrobots for Three-dimensional Cell Culture and Targeted Transportation, Advanced Materials, Vol. 25, 5863-5868, 2013. (highlighted as the front cover).
  • S. Tottori, L. Zhang, K. E. Peyer, B. J. Nelson, Assembly, disassembly, and anomalous propulsion of microscopic helices, Nano Letters, Vol. 13, 4263-4268, 2013
  • M. Suter, L. Zhang, E. C. Siringil, C. Peters, T. Lühmann, O. Ergeneman, K. E. Peyer, B. J. Nelson, C. Hierold, Superparamagnetic microrobots: fabrication by two-photon polymerization and biocompatibility, Biomedical Microdevices, July 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10544-013-9791-7
  • K. E. Peyer, L. Zhang, and B. J. Nelson, Bio-inspired magnetic swimming microrobots for biomedical applications, Nanoscale, Vol. 5, 1259-1272, 2013.
  • K.E. Peyer, S. Tottori, F. Qiu, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, Magnetic Helical Micromachines, Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 19, 28-38, 2013.
  • W. Zhang, F. Liu, Q. Li, Q. Shou, J.P. Cheng, L. Zhang, B.J. Nelson and X. B. Zhang, Transition Metal Oxide and Graphene Nanocomposites for High-performance Electrochemical Capacitors, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 14, 16331-16337, 2013.
  • L. Dai and L. Zhang, Directional scrolling of SiGe/Si/Cr nanoribbon on Si(111) surfaces controlled by two-fold rotational symmetry underetching, Nanoscale, Vol. 5, 971-976, 2013.
  • W. Zhang, C. Ma, J. Fang, L. Zhang, J.P. Cheng, S.R. Dong, X.B. Zhang, Asymmetric electrochemical capacitors with high energy and power density based on graphene/CoAl-LDH and activated carbon electrodes, RSC Advances, Vol. 3, 2483-2490, 2013.
  • L. Zhang, T. Petit, K. Peyer, B. J. Nelson, Targeted Cargo Delivery Using a Rotating Nickel Nanowire, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, Vol. 8, 1074-1080, 2012.
  • S. Tottori, L. Zhang, F. Qiu, K. Krawczyk, A. France-Obregon, and B. J. Nelson, Magnetic Helical Micromachines: Fabrication, Swimming Control and Three-dimensional Cargo Transport, Advanced Materials, Vol. 24, No. 6, 811-816, 2012 (highlighted as the front cover) (indexed in Essential Science Indicators, ISI Web of Knowledge, as a highly cited paper since 2013)
  • T. Petit, L. Zhang, K. E. Peyer, B. Kratochvil, and B. J. Nelson, Selective Trapping and Manipulation of Microscale Objects Using Mobile Microvortices, Nano Letters, Vol. 12, 156-160, 2012. This paper was highlighted in Nature, Research Highlights, Nanotechnology - Swirls move tiny objects, Vol. 480, 294, 2011.
  • F. Qiu, L. Zhang, S. Tottori, K. Marquardt, K. Krawczyk, A. Franco-Obregon, B. J. Nelson, Bio-inspired Helical Swimming Microrobots for Nanomedicine: The first intimate contact with cells, Materials Today, Vol. 15, 463, 2013.
  • Q. Q. Li, F. Liu, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, S. Zhang, C. Ma, X. Y. Tao, J. P. Cheng, X. B. Zhang, In-situ construction of potato starch based carbon nanofiber/activated carbon hybrid structure for high-performance electrical double layer capacitor, Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 207, 199-204, 2012.
  • H. S. Yang, L. Zhang, X. H. Dong, W. M. Zhu, J. Zhu, B. J. Nelson, and X. B. Zhang, Precise Control of the Number of Walls Formed During Carbon Nanotube Growth Using Chemical Vapor Deposition, Nanotechnology, Vol. 23 (6), 065604, 2012.
  • Q. L. Shou, J. P. Cheng, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, X. B. Zhang, Synthesis and Characterization of a Nanocomposite of Goethite Nanorods and Reduced Graphene Oxide for Electrochemical Capacitors, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Vol. 185, 191-197, 2012.
  • K. E. Peyer, L. Zhang, and B. J. Nelson, Localized non-contact manipulation using artificial bacterial flagella, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 99, 174101, 2011.
  • L. Dai, L. Zhang, L. X. Dong, W. Z. Shen, X. B. Zhang, Z. Z. Ye, and B. J. Nelson, Long-range Linear Elasticity and Mechanical Instability of Self-scrolling Binormal Nanohelices under Uniaxial Load, Nanoscale, Vol. 3, 4301- 4306, 2011.
  • L. Zhang, T. Petit, Y. Lu, B. Kratochvil, K. E. Peyer, R. Pei, J. Lou, and B. J. Nelson, Controlled Propulsion and Cargo Transport of Rotating Nickel Nanowires near a Patterned Solid Surface, ACS Nano, Vol. 4, 6228-6234, 2010.
  • L. Zhang, K. E. Peyer, B. J. Nelson, Artificial bacterial flagella for micromanipulation, critical review, Lab on a Chip, Vol. 10, 2203-2215, 2010. (highlighted as the inside front cover)

Book Chapters
  • S. Tottori, L. Zhang, and B. J. Nelson, "Wireless Actuation of Micro-/Nanorobots for Medical Applications", Nanomedicine: Principles and Perspectives, Ed.: Y. Ge, Springer, to appear in 2013.
  • L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, Z. Fan, L. Zhang, X. B. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, M. Hamdi, A. Ferreira, "Nanorobotic Mass Transport", NanoRobotics: Current Approaches and Techniques, Ed.: A. Ferreira, Springer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, 137 - 153, 2013.
  • L. Zhang and B. J. Nelson, "Seeing at the Nanoscale", Vistas in Nanofabrication, Ed.: F. Rahman, Pan Stanford Publications, 2012.
  • L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson and L. X. Dong, "Magnetic-field-based self-assembly", Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Ed.: B. Bhushan, Springer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, 1264-1275, 2012.
  • K. E. Peyer, A. W. Mahoney, L. Zhang, J. J. Abbott, and B. J. Nelson, "Bacteria-Inspired Microrobots", Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems, Eds.: M. J. Kim, A. A. Julius, and E. Steager, Elsevier, 165-199, 2012.
  • D. Xu, L. Zhang, L. X. Dong, and B. J. Nelson, "Nanorobotics for NEMS using helical nanostructures", Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Ed.: B. Bhushan, Springer Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, 1715-1721, 2012.

Conference Papers
  • K. Peyer, E. Siringil, L. Zhang, M. Suter, B. Nelson, Bacteria-Inspired Magnetic Polymer Composite Microrobots, Proc. of the 2nd International Conference on Biomimetics and Biohybrid Systems (Living Machines 2013), London, UK, Jul. 29 - Aug. 2, 2013. (Best Paper Award)
  • K. E. Peyer, F. Qiu, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, Movement of Artificial Bacterial Flagella in Heterogeneous Viscous Environments at the Microscale, Proc. of IEEE/RSJ 2012 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2012), Algarve, Portugal, Oct. 7-12, 2012. (Best Student Paper Award)
  • L. Zhang, T. Petit, K. E. Peyer, and B. J. Nelson, Nickel Nanowire Swimmers for Colloidal Cargo Transport Near a Solid Surface, 11th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2011), Portland, Oregon, USA, Aug. 15-19, 2011 (invited talk).
  • L. Zhang, T. Petit, K. E. Peyer, B. E. Kratochvil, J. Lou, and B. J. Nelson, Noncontact and Contact Micromanipulation Using a Rotating Nickel Nanowire, IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE NANOMED 2010), Hong Kong, Dec. 5-9, 2010. (Best Paper Award).
  • L. Zhang and B. J. Nelson, Rolled-up helical nanobelts: from fabrication to swimming microrobots, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1272, 1272-OO01-05, MRS 2010 spring meeting, San Francisco, USA, Apr. 5-9, 2010 (invited talk).
  • L. Zhang, K. E. Peyer, T. Petit, B. E. Kratochvil, B. J. Nelson, Motion Control of Artificial Bacterial Flagella, Proc. of the 10th IEEE Conf. on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO2010), Seoul, Korea, Aug. 17-20, 2010.
  • K. E. Peyer, L. Zhang, B. E. Kratochvil, B. J. Nelson, Non-ideal Swimming of Artificial Bacterial Flagella Near a Surface, Proc. of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2010), pp. 96-101 (Best Student Paper Award)