Xu (Shine) Zhang, Ph.D. - Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology
As Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology, Dr. Zhang developing and applying nanotechnology to address the emerging health, environmental and energy issues. His research focuses on interfacing biomolecules to various nanostructured materials for environmental sensing, e.g., colorimetric sensors for heavy metals in water. Similar technologies are to be developed for cancer diagnostics and treatment. Another important aspect of his work is the nanostructured photo-catalyst. His vision is to develop efficient but cost-effective technologies for removal of organic pollutant and microorganisms from water and air with solar light. In addition, Shine collaborates with the Centre’s Environmental Remediation Chair to assess the eco-toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, and with the Mine Water Management chair on water treatment issues.
Dr. Zhang graduated from the University of Waterloo with a PhD degree in Chemistry. He finished his postdoctoral training in nanotechnology at Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University.