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Dr. yong Zhang

PhD Researcher


I graduated with BSc of first honour from Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi’an, China) in 2001. I was awarded PhD in Chemistry from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) in 2006. I then spent one year in Germany as a Postdoctoral Fellow. I moved to Ireland in 2007 and I am currently a Research Fellow in School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. I have been working in a multi-disciplinary field involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and nanoscience for over 10 years. My research interests include novel synthetic methods, complex nanostructures/nanodevices, and their applications in imaging, sensing, plasmonics, photonics, nonlinear optics, and photovoltaics.


Currently I am leading a SFI-funded project “Systematic bottom-up assembly of nanocarbon based photonic materials”. I am co-supervising (together with Prof. Werner Blau) two PhD students and we are exploiting:

  1. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of hybrid thin films incorporating nanocarbon materials and dye molecule aggregates;
  2. Interfaces and interactions between nanocarbon materials and dye molecule aggregates;
  3. Solution processable layer by layer deposition for flexible thin film-based solar cells.


1) A general strategy for hybrid thin film fabrication and transfer onto arbitrary substrates
authors: Yong Zhang,* John Magan, Werner Blau,*
source: Scientific Reports 2014, 4, 4822

2) Ultrafast Hybrid plasmonic nanostructures with unconventional nonlinear optical properties
authors: Yong Zhang,* Jing Jing Wang, Kyle E. Ballantine, Paul R. Eastham, Werner Blau,*
source: Advanced Optical Materials 2014, 2, 331

3) Magnetic-Plasmonic Dual Modulated FePt-Au Ternary Heterostructured Nanorods as a Promising Nano-Bioprobe
authors: Yong Zhang,* et al,
source: Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 2485

4) Highly-ordered Fe-Au heterostructured nanorod arrays and their exceptional near-infrared plasmonic signature
authors: Yong Zhang, Brian Ashall, Gillian Doyle, Dominic Zerulla,* Gil U Lee,*
source: Langmuir 2012, 28, 17101