Zhengdong Cheng
Texas A&M University, USA

Professor Cheng obtained his PhD degree from the Physics Department of Princeton University in 1999. He has his MS degree from the Institute of High Energy Physics (Beijing) in 1993 and BS degree from The Modern Physics Department of University of Science and Technology of China in 1990. He was a postdoctoral fellow of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (Annandale, New Jersey, USA), and Harvard University (with Prof. Dave Weitz). He joined Texas A&M University as an Assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in August 2004 and was promoted to Associate professor in 2010.  He is also a faculty member of the Materials Science and Engineering Program and the Professional Program in Biotechnology of TAMU.

Professor Cheng’s expertise is in the area of complex fluids and soft condensed matter physics. His major research directions include microfluidics, anisotropic particle self assembly, auto-oscillating colloids, solar hydrogen production, non-equilibrium statistics, biomimic materials, photonic crystals, interaction of optical tweezers with anisotropic particles, novel liquid crystals. He has published over 60 journal papers on Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, etc. and a book “Colloids, Drops and Cells”. 


Significant publications:

1. Z. Cheng, P.M. Chaikin, W.B. Russel “Controlled growth of hard-sphere colloidal crystals” Nature 401, 1999, 893.

2. C. Harrison, D.H. Adamson, Z. Cheng, J.M. Sebastian, S. Sethuraman, D.A. Huse, R.A. Register, P.M. Chaikin “Mechanisms of ordering in striped patterns” Science 290, 2000, 1558.

3. D. Sun, H.-J. Sue, Y. Martinez-Raton, E. Velasco, Z. Cheng “Stable smectic phase in suspensions of polydisperse colloidal platelets with identical thickness” Phys. Rev. E 80, 2009, 041704.

4. Mejia, P. He, D. Luo, M. Marquez and Z. Cheng “Uniform discotic wax particle via electrospray emulsification” J. Colloid and Interface Science 334, 2009, 22.

5. Z. Cheng, P.M. Chaikin, T.G. Mason “Light streak tracking of optically trapped thin microdisks” Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 2002, 108303.

6. Z. Cheng, T.G. Mason “Rotational diffusion microrheology” Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 2003, 018304.

7. Z. Cheng, P. M. Chaikin, J. Zhu, W. B. Russel, and W. V. Meyer “Crystallization kinetics of hard spheres in microgravity in the coexistence regime: Interactions between growing crystallites” Phys. Rev. Lett.  88, 2002, 015501 (Phys. Rev. Focus 8, Story 35).

8. J. M. Gordillo, Z. Cheng, A.M. Ganan-Calvo, M. Marquez, D.A. Weitz “A new device for the generation of microbubbles and microfoams” Physics of Fluids 16, 2004, 2828.

9. H. Kim, D. Luo, D. Link, D. A. Weitz, M. Marquez, Z. Cheng “Controlled production of emulsion drops using an electric field in a flow-focusing microfluidic device” Applied Physics Letters 91, 2007, 133106.

10.  T. Gong, J. Shen, Z. Hu, M. Marquez, Z. Cheng “Nucleation rate measurement of colloidal crystallization using microfluidic emulsion droplets” Langmuir  23, 2007, 2919.

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