Deparment of
Materials Science & Engineering


The Zang Research Group



MEMBERS > Group Leader - Dr. Ling Zang

USTAR Professor
Nano Institute of Utah
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Utah Center for Interfacial Sciences

Founder, Vaporsens Inc

Board of Director, Gentex Corporation

Associate Editor:
Science of Advanced Materials, American Scientific Publishers

Editorial Board:
Scientific Reports (a Nature journal)

USTAR Office: Rm5543 SMBB building,
Tel. 801-587-1551

Department Office: Rm209 CME building,
Tel. 801-585-0966

Fax: 801-581-4816

Mailing Address:
SMBB Building, Room 5543
36 South Wasatch Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Dr. Zang is a professor at University of Utah affiliated with the Department of Materials science and Engineering, and Nano Institute of Utah. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was previously an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, NSF CAREER Award winner, and K. C. Wong Foundation Research Fellow. Dr. Zang earned his B.S. in physical chemistry from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. in chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His current research focuses on nanoscale imaging and molecular probing, organic semiconductors and nanostructures, optoelectronic sensors and nanodevices, and photocatalysis and photovoltaics for conversion of solar energy, with the goal to achieve practical applications in the areas of public safety, renewable energy and environmental protection. Dr. Zang has been awarded various grants from federal funding agencies (e.g., NSF, DHS, DOE/ARPA-E, NASA, etc.), industries (e.g., Gentex), and private organizations (e.g., Gates Foundation) to support his broad range of research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Beyond the regular faculty duty on campus, Dr. Zang also remains active in organizing and chairing the nanotechnology sessions of various national and international conferences, and reaching out to K-12 students and publics for education of nanotechnology and the impacts to society and industry.  Dr. Zang has also been striving to foster the technology transfer and commercialization. In past decade, more than 25 IPs have been developed from Dr. Zang’s lab and filed for patent application through the University of Utah Technology & Venture Commercialization office. He founded Vaporsens Inc., a University spinoff, in 2011 to transfer the patented nanofiber sensor technology into market products for quick trace vapor detection of explosives, narcotics and toxic chemicals.

人 之云,非知之难,行之惟难;非行之难,终之斯难。
The difficult thing is not just to know something, but to do it;
The difficult thing is not even to do something, but to be persistent on doing it.

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