Dr. Zhenrong Zhang

Dr. Zhenrong Zhang
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Physics


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, 2002
  • M.S. in Physics, Lanzhou University, China, 1999
  • B.S. in Physics, Lanzhou University, China, 1996


Dr. Zhang joined the Baylor faculty in January 2010. Prior to coming to Baylor, she held a postdoctoral position in University of Innsbruck, Austria (2002-2004) with Prof. Erminald Bertel and a joint postdoctoral position in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Zdenek Dohnalek and University of Texas at Austin with J. Mike White (2004-2009).

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Zhang's research is interested in energy and environment related catalytic chemical physics, specifically, understanding the mechanisms and dynamics of catalytic reactions on metal oxides by using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) coupled with the Raman spectroscopy.

Selected publications

X. Yu, Z. Zhang, C. Yang, F. Bebensee, S. Heissler, A. Nefedov, M. Tang, Q. Ge, L. Chen, B. Kay, Z. Dohnalek, Y.Wang, Interaction of Formaldehyde with the Rutile TiO2(110) Surface: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study, J. Phys. Chem. C, accepted

Y. Zhang, D.V. Voronine, S. Qiu, A.M. Sinyukov, A.V. Sokolov, M. Hamilton, Z. Liege, Z. Zhang and M.O. Scully, Improving resolution in quantum subnanometre-gap tip-enhanced Raman nanoimaging, Scientific Reports, 6 (2016) 25788

M. Tang, Z. Zhang and Q. Ge, A DFT-based study of surface chemistries of rutile TiO2 and SnO2 (110) toward formaldehyde and formic acid, Catalysis Today, 2016, doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2016.01.057

K. Zhu, Y. Xia, M. Tang, Z. Wang, I. Lyubinetsky, Q. Ge, Z. Dohnálek, K. T. Park, Z. Zhang, Low-Temperature Reductive Coupling of Formaldehyde on Rutile TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (2015) 18452
K. Zhu, Y. Xia, M. Tang, Z. Wang, J. Bryan; I. Lyubinetsky, Q. Ge, Z. Dohnálek, K. T. Park, Z. Zhang, Tracking Site-Specific C-C Coupling of Formaldehyde Molecules on Rutile TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. C, 119 (2015) 14267
Z. Zhang, M. Tang, Z. Wang, Z. Ke, Y. Xia, K. T. Park, I. Lyubinetsky, Z. Dohnálek, and Q. Ge, Imaging of Formaldehyde Adsorption and Diffusion on TiO2(110), Topic in Catalysis, 58 (2015) 103
D. Acharya, Y. Yoon, Z. Li, Z. Zhang, X. Lin, R. Mu, L. Chen, B.D. Kay, R. Rousseau, Z. Dohnálek, Site-Specific Imaging of Elemental Steps in Dehydration of Diols on TiO2(110), ACS Nano 7 (2013) 10414
Y. Xia, K. Zhu, T.C. Kaspar, Y. Du, B. Birmingham, K. Park, Z. Zhang, Atomic Structure of the Anatase TiO2(001) Surface, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4 (2013) 2958
Y. Xia, J. Ye, P. Murray, A. Ali, Qingfeng Ge, Z. Zhang, Imaging reactions of acetone with oxygen adatoms on partially oxidized TiO2(110), Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15 (2013) 13897
Y. Xia, B. Zhang, J. Ye, Q. Ge, Z. Zhang, Acetone-Assisted Oxygen Vacancy Diffusion on TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3 (2012) 2970
Z. Zhang, Y. Yoon, X. Lin, D. Acharya, B. D. Kay, R. Rousseau, Z. Dohnalek, OH Group Dynamics of 1, 3-propanediol on TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3 (2012) 3257
S. Li, Z Li, Z. Zhang, B. D. Kay, R Rousseau, Z. Dohnálek, Preparation, Characterization, and Catalytic Properties of Tungsten Trioxide Cyclic Trimers on FeO(111)/Pt(111), J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (2012) 908
Z. Li, Z. Zhang, B. D. Kay, Z. Dohnálek, Polymerization of Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde on Ordered (WO3)3 Films on Pt(111), J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (2011) 9692
Z. Li, Z. Zhang, Y.K. Kim, R. Smith, F. Netzer, Bruce Kay, Rousseau, Roger; Dohnalek, Zdenek, Growth of Ordered Ultra-thin Tungsten Oxide Films on Pt(111), J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (2011) 5773
Z. Zhang, J. Gong, B. D. Kay, J. M. White, and Z. Dohnalek, Rotation of Octanol on TiO2(110), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (2009)17926
Z. Zhang, Y. Du, G. Kimmel, N. Petrik, Z. Dohnalek and I. Lyubinetsky, Imaging Reactions between O2 and OH on Partially and Fully Hydroxylated TiO2 (110) Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C, 113 (2009) 1908
Z. Zhang, R Rousseau, J. Gong, S-C Li, J. M. White, B. D. Kay, and Z. Dohnalek, Vacancy Assisted Diffusion of Alkoxy Species on Rutile TiO2(110), Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (2008) 156103
S-C Li, Z. Zhang, D. Sheppard, B. D. Kay, J. M. White, Y. Du, I. Lyubinetsky, G.e Henkelman, and Z. Dohnalek, Intrinsic Diffusion of Hydrogen on Rutile TiO2(110), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130 (2008) 9080
Z. Zhang, Q. Ge, S. Li, B. D. Kay, J. M. White, and Z. Dohnalek, Imaging Intrinsic Diffusion of bridge-bonded oxygen vacancies on TiO2(110), Phys. Rev. Lett. 99(2007) 126105
Z. Zhang, , O. Bondarchuk, B.D. Kay, J. M. White and Z. Dohnalek, Direct visualization of 2-butanol adsorption and dissociation on TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007) 3021
Z. Zhang, , O. Bondarchuk, B. D. Kay, J. M. White and Z. Dohnalek, Imaging water dissociation on TiO2(110): Evidence for inequivalent geminate OH groups, J. Phys. Chem. B, Journal Cover, 110 (2006) 21840
Z. Zhang, , O. Bondarchuk, J. M. White, B. D. Kay and Z. Dohnalek, Imaging adsorbate O-H bond cleavage: Methanol on TiO2(110), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 128 (2006) 4198

Course Taught

PHY 3330 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2013)
PHY 1420 General Physics I (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012)
PHY 5330 Electromagnetic Theory I (Spring 2010)


2007 M. T. Thomas Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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