Zhen Zhang, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

​Developing polyethylenes with novel architecture and various composition is highly needed which may lead to the ease of manufacturing and processing. We are trying to combine polyhomologation of ylides with other living polymerization techniques, such as atom transfer radical polymerization, to synthesis various star polymers, graft copolymers and other complex architectures.

Selected Publications

  • Polyhomologation based on in situ generated boron-thexyl-silaboracyclic initiating sites: a novel strategy towards ...
    Z. Zhang, H. Zhang, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Chemical Communications, 51, 99369938 , (2015)
  • Well-defined polyethylene-based random, block, and bilayered molecular cobrushes
    H. Zhang, Z. Zhang, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 48, 35563562 , (2015)
  • Gold-catalyzed cyclization of 1-(Indol-3-yl)-3-alkyn-1-ols: facile synthesis of diversified carbazole
    Z. Zhang, X. Tang, Q. Xu, M. Shi
    Chemistry-A European Journal, 19, 1062510631, (2013)
  • An unprecedented ring-opening reaction of N-(aziridin-2-ylmethylene)hydrazines to facile synthesis of functionalize...
    Z. Zhang, Y. Wei, M. Shi
    Chemical Communications, 48, 53345336, (2012)
  • Facile synthesis of 2-pyrazolines and α, β-diamino ketones via regioselective ring-opening of hydrazone-tethered az...
    Z. Zhang, Y. Wei, M. Shi
    Chemical Communications, 48, 96079609, (2012)
  • Silver(I)-catalyzed tandem 1,3-acyloxy migration/mannich-type addition/elimination of the sulfonyl group of N-sulfo...
    Z. Zhang, M. Shi
    Chemistry-A European Journal, 18, 36543658, (2012)
  • Titanium(IV) chloride-mediated carbocyclization of 1,6-enynes: selective synthesis of 3-azabicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes an...
    Z. Zhang, M. Shi
    European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 26102614 , (2011)
  • Titanium(IV) chloride-mediated intramolecular ring enlargement of methylenecyclopropanes with propargylic esters: a...
    Z. Zhanga, M. Shi
    Tetrahedron Letter, 52, 65416544 , (2011)
  • Gold(I)-catalyzed domino reaction of aziridinyl alkynes
    Z. Zhang, M. Shi
    Chemistry-A European Journal, 16, 77257729, (2010) 

Education

  • Ph.D, Organic Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 2013
  • Bachelor, Applied Chemistry, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2013-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Awards

  • ​FMC Scholarship, 2012 

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Polyhomologation Polyethylene living polymerization

Former Faculty

  • ​Jorg Eppinger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Lain-Jong Li, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Valentin Rodionov, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D. (Professor)
  • Jr-Hau He, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

 

Former Research Staff

  • Abou-Hamad edy, Ph.D. Research Engineer
  • Haibo Zhu, Ph.D. (Research Scientist)
  • Isidoro Morales Osorio , Ph.D. (Research Technician)
  • Lu Zhou
  • Rong-rong Jiang (Lab Technician)
  • Douaa Hamed (Lab Technician)
  • Jeremie Pelletier ( Lab Manager)
  • Lan Zhao (Research Technician)
  • Linjie Su (Lab Technician)
  • Jing Fan (Lab Technician)

 

Research Scientist

   
  • Jun Pan, Ph.D.
  • Pavlo Nikolaienko, Ph.D.
  • Sergey Kozlov, Ph.D.
  • Xiulin Yang, Ph.D.
  • Yuanlong Shao, Ph.D.
  • Huaifeng Li, Ph.D.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abdesslem Jedidi, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury,Ph.D.
  • Akshaya K Samal, Ph.D.
  • Chaochao Yue, Ph.D.
  • Chaojie Cui, Ph.D.
  • Dandan Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Eleonora Fava, Ph.D.
  • Eva Pump, Ph.D.
  • Janet Chakkamadathil Mohandas, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Buchel, Ph.D.
  • Ida Autiero, Ph.D.
  • Jung-Hyun Park, Ph.D.
  • Tianyou Chen, Ph.D.
  • Zhaolai Chen, Ph.D.
  • Anatoly Peshkov, Ph.D.
  • Chinmoy K. Hazra, Ph.D.
  • Luis Miguel Azofra Mesa
  • ​Manbo Li, Ph.D.
  • Michael Kelly, Ph.D.
  • Mannathan Subramaniyan, Ph.D.
  • Manas Bhunia, Ph.D.

  • Niladri Maity, Ph.D.
  • Olga Gladkovskaya, Ph.D.
  • Raju Dey, Ph.D.
  • Sai Vikrama Chaitanya vummaleti, Ph.D.
  • Jinsong Hu, Ph.D.
  •  Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Ph.D.
  • Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Hassan Ait Ahsaine, Ph.D. 
  • Changguang Yao, Ph.D.
  • Kwangjae Lee, Ph.D.
  • Stefania Evoli, Ph.D.
  • Shixiong Min, Ph.D.
  • Tunc Deniz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Pedireddy, Ph.D.
  • Wei Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Won Suk Juang, Ph.D.
  • Xuechao Liu, Ph.D.
  • Xiufang wang, Ph.D.
  • Yuan Wang, Ph.D.
  • Yunfei Cai, Ph.D.
  • Yupeng Pan, Ph.D.
  • Yuri Lebedev, Ph.D.
  • Kushal Deepak Bhatte​,Ph.D.
  • Liangjin Xu, Ph.D.
  • Gangaiah Mettela,Ph.D.
  • Yogesh Raghunath Patil, Ph.D.
  • Jie Chen, Ph. D.


Ph.D. Students

  • Adrian Hol, Ph.D
  • Arwa Makki, Ph.D.
  • Batian Chen, Ph.D.
  • Bilel Hamzaoui, Ph.D.
  • Bedour E. Al-Sabban, Ph.D.
  • Chao Guan, Ph.D.
  • Dalal Noureldine, Ph.D.
  • Duanxing Li, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Jeantelot, Ph.D.
  • Hind Al-Johani, Ph.D.
  • Haleema Alamri, Ph.D.
  • Hsin-Hua Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Israa Salem Al-Rowaihi, Ph.D.
  • Ibrahim Dursun
  • Reem Alshumrani, Ph.D.
  • Eleanor Ang Pei Ling, Ph.D.
  • Adrian Hohl, Ph.D.
  • Baraa Werghi, Ph.D.
  • Amal A. Baqais, Ph.D.
  • Ding-Jier Yuan, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Dinis Veloso Guerreiro, Ph.D.
  • Nawal alhajri, Ph.D.
  • Nazeeha Alkayal, Ph.D.
  • Noor Almana, Ph.D.
  • Nouf Al Jabri, Ph.D.
  • Reem Al-Shareef, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Almahdali, Ph.D.
  • Sheikha Lardhi, Ph.D.
  • Stefan Grotzinger, Ph.D.
  • Tatsuya Shinagawa, Ph.D.
  • Maha Al Haddad, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Qureshi, Ph.D.
  • Keisuke Obata, Ph.D.
  • Oleksii Pustovarenko, Ph. D.


Master Students


  • Abdulaziz Khan
  • Alexandra Vancea
  • Ali Hamieh
  • Mram Alyami
  • Kanav Kalra



Former Administration

  • Ann Bauwens (Executive Secretary)
  • Jiao Qiu (Business Administrator)
  • Xianzheng Meng(Business Administrator)
  • Wenwen Zhu(Administrative Assistant)
  • Xijun Deng(Administrative Assistant)