Faculty - Zhang, Jian

Jian Zhang, Associate Professor

Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang
Associate Professor

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
604D Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0304
Office: 402-472-2603

Research Interests

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Self Assembly

The Zhang Lab is focused on the synthesis of novel inorganic, organic, and hybrid materials and the modulation of their electrochemical and photocatalytic properties. Our current emphasis is to design and prepare microporous inorganic and organic materials. Specific research areas include: (1) Metal-Organic Frameworks; (2) Covalent Organic Frameworks; (3) Conjugated Porous Polymers; and (4) Noble metal nanostructures. The goal of the research program is to utilize these functional materials to address research challenges in producing clean and sustainable energy and solving global environmental problems.


  • Johnson, J. A.; Lin, Q.; Wu, L.-C.; Obaidi, N.; Olson, Z. L.; Reeson, T. C.; Chen, Y.-S.; and Zhang, J.; A "pillar-free," highly porous metalloporphyrinic framework exhibiting eclipsed porphyrin arrays. Chemical Communications 2013, DOI: 10.1039/c3cc00049d.
  • Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Wu, J. S.; Li, S. Y.; Mirkin, C. A.; Plasmon-mediated synthesis of silver cubes with unusual twinning structures using short wavelength excitation. Small 2013, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201202451. [pdf]
  • Langille M. R.; Zhang, J.; Personick, M. L.; Li, S. Y.; Mirkin, C. A. Stepwise Evolution of Spherical Seeds into 20-Fold Twinned Icosahedra. Science 2012, 337, 954. [pdf]
  • Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. Defining Rules for the Shape Evolution of Gold Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012 134. [pdf]
  • Ringe, E.; Zhang J.; Langille M. R.; Mirkin C. A.; Marks L. D.; Van Duyne R. P.; Correlating the Structure and Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of Single Silver Right Bipyramids. Nanotechnology 2012 in press.
  • Ringe, E.; Langille M. R.; Sohn K.; Zhang J.; Huang J. X.; Mirkin C. A.; Van Duyne R. P.; Marks L. D.; Plasmon Length: A Universal Parameter to Describe Size Effects in Gold Nanoparticles. J. Phys. Chem., Lett. 2012 3 , 1479 [pdf]
  • Young, K. L.; Jones, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Macfarlane, M. J.; Esquivel-Sirvent, R.; Nape, R. J.; Wu, J. S., Schatz, G. C., Lee, B.; Mirkin, C. A. Assembly of reconfigurable one-dimensional colloidal superlattices due to a synergy of fundamental nanoscale forces. PNAS, 2012 109, 2240. [pdf]
  • Bonnet, C. S.; Buron, F.; Caille, F.; Shade, C. M.; Drahos, B.; Pellegatti, L.; Zhang, J.; Villette, S.; Helm, L.; Pichon, C.; Suzenet, F.; Petoud, S.; Toth, E. Pyridine-Based Lanthanide Complexes Combining MRI and NIR Luminescence Activities. Chem.-Eur. J., 2012 18, 1419. [pdf]
  • Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. Shape control of gold nanoparticles by Ag underpotential deposition. Nano Letters 2011 11, 3394. [pdf]
  • Langille, M. R.; Personick, M. L.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. Bottom-up Synthesis of Gold Octahedra with Tailorable Hollow Features. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011 133, 10414. [pdf]
  • Zhang, J.; Langille, M. R.; Mirkin, C. A. Synthesis of silver nanorods by low energy excitation of spherical plasmonic seeds. Nano Letters 2011 11, 2495. [pdf]
  • Personick, M. L.; Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Harris, N.; Schatz, G. C.; Mirkin, C. A. Synthesis and isolation of {110}-faceted gold bipyramids and rhombic dodecahedra. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011 133, 6170. [pdf]
  • Langille, M. R.; Zhang, J.; Mirkin, C. A. pH controlled, plasmon-mediated synthesis of heterometallic nanorods and icosahedra. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 3543. [pdf]
  • Zhang, K.; Culter, J. I.; Zhang, J.; Zheng, D.; Auyeung, E.; Mirkin, C. A. Polymer nanopod formation through gold nanoparticle templated and catalyzed crosslinking of polymers bearing pendant propargyl ethers. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 15151. [pdf]