Jian H. Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Telephone Number: 504-520-7372
Room Number: NCF Annex - Room 340
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Physical Chemistry (I) and (II) Lecture, Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences,  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (I) and (II), Physical Chemistry Lab, Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab, General Chemistry Lab (I) and (II)


Short Professional Biography

Dr. Zhang graduated from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) with major in engineering chemistry in 1970.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Northeastern University in 1987 under the direction of Professor W. M. Reiff. His doctoral dissertation involved magneto chemistry and Mossbauer spectroscopy of the charge-transfer salts based on decamethylferrocene and polycynide. He did postdoctoral research on synthesis and characterization of Zintl phase materials and magneto-chemistry in the research group of Professor Charles J. O’Connor at University of New Orleans from 1987 to 1990. He became a full time faculty at Xavier University in 1990. Dr. Zhang has published 60 papers in peer reviewed journals.


Research Interest

Dr. Zhang’s research interests are in the areas of nanomaterials and magnetism with emphasis in the synthesis and characterization of new magnetic materials including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, nanocomposites and thin films.  Currently he is working on the development of biocompatible superparamagnetic ferrite nanoparticles through surface modification for biomedical applications.


Current Grant Support
  1. “Nanoscale Imaging Systems”, National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (grant  #0934111), PI - Lamar Meda and Co-PIs Bryan Bilyeu, Michael Ward, and Davis Pine, 09/09 – 08/14, $3,000,000 (total cost); Encoded Assembles of Magnetic Ferrites, $210,000 (direct cost).
  2. “Xavier’s RCMI Cancer Research Program “,NIH-NCRR, grant # 1G12RR026250-01, Role: Manager of Major Instrumentation Core.  
  3. “A Study of Gas Sensing Properties of Tin Oxide Nanoparticles,” Xavier NSF RII C2 Pilot Funding for Collaborative Computational Research Program” National Science Foundation, PI, Dr. Jian H. Zhang and CoPI, Guang-lin Zhao (Southern University at Baton Rouge), 8/2011 – 8/2013, $34,000


Recent Publications

Jian H.Zhang, Liyin Chen and Xylona L.Williams, “Template Assisted Fabrication and Magnetic Properties of Cobalt Ferrite Nanostructures,” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1408 © 2012 Materials Research Society, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2012.458


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