SCI Researcher ID: C-6995-2012

Wenjun Zhang studied physics and materials science at Lanzhou University, PR China. (B.Sc. 1988, M. Sc. 1991, Ph.D. 1994).  He was a post doc at the Fraunhofer institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (FhG-IST) in Braunschweig, Germany, from 1995 till 1997. He became a research fellow in City University Hong Kong from 1997 till 1998, then spent two years in National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM), Japan as a Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellow. In December 2000 he joined City University Hong Kong again as a senior research fellow. He is now a Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Scienece and Engineering, and he is also the deputy director of the Center Of Super Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF).

Prof. Zhang has been served as guest editor of Advnaced Materials, associate editor of Nano-Micr Lett. (Springer), and editorial board member of Scientific Reports. He has chaired/co-chaired The 68th IUVST Workshop: Multifunctional Surface Engineering for Advanced Energy Applications (2012), The 11th Cross-Strait Workshop on Nano Science and Technology (CSWNST11, 2014), and International Conference on Biomedical Application of Nanomaterials (ICOBAN2015).

Prof. Zhang is appointed as a Visiting Professor in Siegen University, Germany; Guest Professor in Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (CAS), Hefei University of Technology, Soochow University; Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, and Cuiying Guest Professor (萃英讲席教授), Lanzhou University, PRC.




  1. Outstanding Research Award 2015 of City University of Hong Kong

  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, April, 2003.

  3. The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) Best Paper Award, Sept. 2002

  4. Beijing Science & Technology Progress Award (北京市科學技術進步獎), 2nd-class award, 1999.


Selected Publications

Invited Review Papers
  1. Z. Y. Zhang, C.S. Lee, W.J. Zhang*, “Vertically aligned graphene nanosheet arrays: synthesis, properties and applications in electrochemical energy conversion and storage” Adv. Energy Mater. 7 (2017) 1700678.

  2. J. Xu, J.J. Zhang, W.J. Zhang, and C.S. Lee,  “Interlayer nanoarchitectonics of two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides nanosheets for energy storage and conversion applications” Adv. Energy Mater. 7 (2017) 1700571.

  3. X.F. Chen* and W.J. Zhang*, “Diamond nanostructures for drug delivery, bioimaging, and biosensing” Chem. Soc. Rev. 46 (2017) 734.

  4. J. Xu, Z.H. Chen, J.A. Zapien, C.S. Lee,* and W.J. Zhang*, “Surface engineering of ZnO nanostructures for semiconductor-sensitized solar cells” Adv. Mater. 26 (2014) 5337.

  5. G. Hong, Q.H. Wu, J.G. Ren, C.D. Wang, W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee, “Recent progress in organicmolecule/graphene interfaces” Nano Today 8 (2013) 388.

  6. B. He, Y. Yang, M.F. Yuen, X.F. Chen, C.S. Lee, W. J. Zhang*, “Vertical nanostructure arrays by plasma etching for applications in biology, energy, and electronics” Nano Today 8 (2013) 265.

  7. J. S. Jie, W. J. Zhang*, I. Bello, C.S. Lee, S. T. Lee, “One-dimensional II-VI nanostructures: synthesis, properties and optoelectronic applications” Nano Today 5 (2010) 313.

  8. W.J. Zhang*, Y. M. Chong, I. Bello, S. T. Lee, “Nucleation, growth and characterization of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films” J. Phys. D: Applied Phys. 40 (2007) 6159-6174.

  9. W.J. Zhang, I. Bello, Y. Lifshitz, and S.T. Lee “Recent Advances in Cubic Boron Nitride Deposition” (the figure is selected to be the cover page) MRS Bulletin 28 (2003) 184.

  10. S. Matsumoto and W.J. Zhang, “CBN synthesis by bias assisted plasma jet CVD in an Ar-N2-BF3-H2 gas system”, New Diamond and Frontier Carbon Technology 11 (2001) 1.

Jorrnal Papers (selected from over 330 SCI papers)
  1. A. Banerjee, D. Bernoulli, H.T. Zhang, M.F. Yuen, J.B. Liu, J.C. Dong, F. Ding, J. Lu, M. Dao*, W.J. Zhang*, Y. Lu*, S. Suresh*, “Ultra-large elastic deformation of nano-scale diamond” Science 360 (2018) 300.

  2. S.L. Wu, Z.Y. Zhang, M.H. Lan, S.R. Yang, J.Y. Cheng, J.J. Cai, J.H. Shen, Y. Zhu, K.L. Zhang*, W.J. Zhang* “Lithiophilic Cu-CuO-Ni hybrid structures: advanced current collectors towards stable lithium metal anodes” Adv. Mater. 30 (2018) 1705830.

  3. B. Liu, Y.F. Zhao, H.Q. Peng, Z.Y. Zhang, C.K. Sit (undergraduate), M.F. Yuen, T.R. Zhang, C.S. Lee, W.J. Zhang*, “Nickel-cobalt diselenide3D mesoporous nanosheet networks supported on Ni foam: An all-pH highly efficient integrated electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution” Adv. Mater. 29 (2017) 1606521.

  4. R.J. Zou, Q. Liu, G.J. He, M.F. Yuen, K.B. Xu, J.Q. Hu,* I. P. Parkin, C.S. Lee* and W.J. Zhang*, “Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Porous Carbon Matrix Coated on Carbon Fibers: An Ultrastable Cathode for Li-Ion Batteries” Adv. Energy Mater. 7 (2017) 1601363.

  5. G.P. Li, H. Wang, T. Zhang, L.F. Mi, Y.G. Zhang, Z.P. Zhang, W.J. Zhang,* Y. Jiang,* “Solvent-polarity-engineered controllable synthesis of highly-fluorescent cesium lead halide perovskite quantum dots and their use in white light emitting diodes” Adv. Funct. Mater. 26 (2016) 8478.

  6. Z.X. Wang, Y. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Wang, W.J. Zhang*, and P. Shi*, “Interrogation of cellular innate immunity by diamond-nanoneedle-assisted intracellular molecular fishing”, Nano Lett 15 (2015) 7058.

  7. B. Li, Y.X. Zhang, K.C. Ye, J.B. Qin, R.J. Zou, K.B. Xu, X.J. Huang, Z.Y. Xiao, W.J. Zhang*, and J.Q. Hu* “Photothermal theragnosis synergistic therapy based on bimetal sulphide nanocrystals rather than nanocomposites, Adv. Mater. 27 (2015)1339.

  8. J.C. Ge, M.H. Lan, B.J. Zhou, W.M. Liu, L. Guo, H. Wang, Q.Y. Jia, G.L. Niu, X. Huang, H.Y. Zhou, X.M. Meng, P.F. Wang*, C.S. Lee, W.J. Zhang*, X.D. Han, “A graphene quantum dot photodynamic therapy agent with high singlet oxygen generation”, Nat. Comm. 5 (2014) 4596.

  9. Y. Wang, Y. Yang, L. Yan, S.Y. Kwok, W. Li, Z.G. Wang, X.Y. Zhu, G.Y. Zhu, W.J. Zhang*, X.F. Chen* and P. Shi*, “Poking cells for efficient vector-free intracellular delivery” Nat. Comm. 5 (2014) 4466.

  10. J.A. Huang, Y.Q. Zhao, X.J. Zhang, L.F. He, T.L. Wong, Y.S. Chui, W.J. Zhang,* S.T. Lee*, “Ordered Ag/Si nanowires array: wide-range surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for reproducible biomolecule detection” Nano Lett. 13 (2013) 5039.

  11. M.H. Lan, J.S. Wu, W.M. Liu, W.J. Zhang,* J.C. Ge, H.Y. Zhang, J.Y. Sun, W.W. Zhao, and P.F. Wang,* “Copolythiophene-derived colorimetric and fluorometric sensor for visually supersensitive determination of Lipopolysaccharide” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 6685.

  12. G. D. Yuan, Y. B. Zhou, C. S. Guo, W. J. Zhang*, Y. B. Tang, Y. Q. Li, Z. H. Chen, Z. B. He, X. J. Zhang, P. F. Wang*, I. Bello, R. Q. Zhang, C. S. Lee and S. T. Lee*, “Tunable Electrical Properties of Silicon Nanowires via Surface-Ambient Chemistry” ACS Nano 4 (2010) 3045.

  13. J.S. Jie, W.J. Zhang,* K.Q. Peng, G.D. Yuan, C.S. Lee, S.T. Lee*, “The surface-dominated transport properties of semiconductor nanostructures” Adv. Funct. Mater. 18 (2008) 3251.

  14. G. D. Yuan, W.J.  Zhang*, J.S. Jie, X. Fan, J.A. Zapien, Y.H. Leung, L.B. Luo, C.S. Lee, and S.T. Lee*, “P-type ZnO Nanowire Arrays” Nano Lett. 8 (2008) 2591.

  15. G. D. Yuan, W. J. Zhang*, J. S. Jie, X. Fan, J. X. Tang, I. Shafiq, Z. Z. Ye, C.S. Lee, S. T. Lee*, “Tunable n-type conductitivity and transport properties of Ga-doped ZnO nanowire arrays” Adv. Mater. 20 (2008) 168.

  16. Y. Jiang, W.J. Zhang*,  J.S. Jie, X.M. Meng, X. Fan, S.T. Lee*, “Photoresponse properties of CdSe single-nanoribbon photodetectors” Adv. Funct. Mater. 17 (2007)1795.

  17. J. S. Jie, W. J. Zhang*, Y. Jiang, X. M. Meng, Y. Q. Li, S. T. Lee*, “Photoconductive characteristics of single-crystal CdS nanoribbons” Nano Lett. 6 (2006) 1887.

  18. Y. Jiang, W.J. Zhang*, J. S. Jie, X.M. Meng, J. A. Zapien, S.T. Lee* “Homoepitaxial growth and lasing properties of ZnS nanowire and nanoribbon arrays” Adv. Mater. 18 (2006) 1527.

  19. W.J. Zhang, C.Y. Chan, X.M. Meng, M.K. Fung, I. Bello, Y. Lifshitz, S.T. Lee, and X. Jiang “The mechanism of chemical vapor deposition of cubic boron nitride films via fluorine containing species” Ang. Chem. (Int. Ed.)  44 (2005) 4749.

  20. W.J. Zhang, I. Bello, Y. Lifshitz, K.M. Chan, X.M. Meng, Y. Wu, C.Y. Chan, S.T. Lee, “Epitaxy on diamond by chemical vapor deposition:A route to high-quality cubic boron nitride for electronic application” Adv. Mater. 16 (2004) 1405.



  1. S. Matsumoto, W.J. Zhang, "Cubic boron nitride films and its synthesis methods" US patent# 6383465; Japanese patent# P2001-302218A; and European patent# EP1114792A2.

  2. S.T. Lee, W.J. Zhang, I. Bello, C.Y. Chan, “Fabrication of Single Crystal Diamond Tips and their arrays”, US patent No 6902716, 7 June 2005.

  3. S.T. Lee, W.J. Zhang, Y.S. Zou, I. Bello, K.L. Ma, K.M. Leung, Y.M. Chong, “Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices based on cubic boron nitride/diamond composite structures” US patent No. 7579759, 25 Aug. 2009.

  4. I. Bello, W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee, “Cubic boron nitride/diaomond (cBND) composite layers” US Patent No. 7,645,513 B2, 12 Jan. 2010

  5. W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee, I. Bello, K.M. Leung, H.Q. Li, Y.S. Zou, Y.M. Chong, and K.L. Ma, “Ultrahard multilayer coating comprising nanocrystalline diamond and nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride” US Patent No. 8007910, 30 Aug. 2011.

  6. W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee, I. Bello, Y.S. Zou, Y.M. Chong, Q. Ye, “Method of Fabrication of Cubic Boron Nitride Conical Microstructures” US Patent No: 8158011, 17 Apr. 2012.

  7. S.T. Lee, W.J. Zhong, I. Bello, Y.S. Zou, “Method of making diamond nanopillars” US patent No: 8101526B2, 24 Jan. 2012.

  8. X.F. Chen, W.J. Zhang, “Micro-nanoneedle patches to mechanically disrupt biological membranes for drug/gene delivery” US Patent Application No. 20130171722, Oct. 2011.

  9. W.J. Zhang, Z.Z. Lu, H. Wang, C.S. Lee, Scattering screen systems, methods of manufacture and application thereof, U.S. Patent Application No. 13/905,644, May 30, 2013.

  10. P.F. Wang, W.M. Liu, W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee, “Synthesis and application of pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridine coumarin derivatives (吡唑啉吡啶并香豆素荧光染料衍生物及其合成方法和用途)”, Chinese Patent No. CN101368003B, 14 Sept. 2011..

  11. P.F. Wang, Y.B. Zhou, W.M. Liu, W.J. Zhang, “Synthesis of single-crystal silicon wafers with superhydrophobic surfaces (表面具有超疏水性纳米硅线阵列的单晶硅片及其制备方法)”, Chinese Patent No. CN101845661B, 11 Jul. 2012.

  12. P.F. Wang, W.M. Liu, Q. Dai, W.J. Zhang, S.T. Lee,  “吡唑啉吡啶并苯并香豆素荧光染料衍生物及其合成方法和用途” Chinese Patent No. CN101525497B, 4 Jul. 2012.

  13. P.F. Wang, M.H. Lan, W.M. Liu, J.S. Wu, J.C. Ge, W.J. Zhang,  “The synthesis and applications of a ratiometic fluorescent chemical sensing material(一种荧光比色化学敏感材料及其合成方法和应用)” Chinese Patent No. CN102533253B, 4 Jun. 2014.

  14. P.F. Wang, M.H. Lan, W.J. Zhang, W.M. Liu, J.C. Ge, “The application of multifuctional carbon quantum dots as a fluorescent brighter (一种多功能碳量子点作为荧光增白剂的应用)” Chinese Patent, Application No. CN201410217228.6.

  15. P. Shi, X.F. Chen, W.J. Zhang, “一种向细胞内递送物质的装置和方法”, Chinese Patent, CN104178414, (3 Dec. 2014).

  16. X. Chen, W.J. Zhang, P. Shi, “Method and apparatus for delivery of molecules to cells” US Patent, US9394547 (19 Jul 2016).

  17. B.He, W.J. Zhang, “一種立方氮化硼塗層刀具及其製備方法” Chinese Patent Appl. No. CN201710065601.4  (6 Feb. 2017).