Dr. Chengchen Zhang is currently a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where she is working under the supervision of Professor Ewa Goldys. Her current research project is focused on developing an enzyme-assisted Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) for the ultra-sensitive diagnosis of diseases. Prior to joining GSBmE, she completed her Ph.D. in December 2022 from the...view more

Dr. Chengchen Zhang is currently a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where she is working under the supervision of Professor Ewa Goldys. Her current research project is focused on developing an enzyme-assisted Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) for the ultra-sensitive diagnosis of diseases. Prior to joining GSBmE, she completed her Ph.D. in December 2022 from the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW, where she was supervised by Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh. Her doctoral research focused on liquid metal-based nanomaterials for biomedical applications.

Dr. Zhang has published over 22 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals such as ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Small, Chemistry of Materials, ACS Applied Materials Interfaces, Applied Materials Today, and so on. Her research has been cited over 468 times (updated as of Jan 2023, Google scholar) and her h-index is 12. She has also been invited as a Review Editor for Frontiers in Medical Technology and regularly serves as a reviewer for journals such as Research, Journal of Nanobiotechnology, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and Scientific Reports.

My Grants

2022 The Development and Research Training Grant (DTRG), UNSW, Sydney, Australia

My Qualifications

2019/05−2022/12 Doctor of Philosophy   University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

2014/09−2017/06 Master by Research     University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China

2010/09−2014/06 Bachelor of Science     Chongqing University (CQU), China

My Awards

2022 Best Poster Award, 2022 MRS Spring Meeting, Hawai’i, Honolulu, USA

2019-2022 Tuition Fee Scholarship for Ph.D. Candidature, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

My Research Activities


First/co-first authored:

  1. Chengchen Zhang, Biyao Yang, Joanna M. Biazik, Richard F. Webster, Wanjie Xie, Jianbo Tang, Francois-Marie Allioux, Roozbeh Abbasi, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Ewa M. Goldys, Kristopher A. Kilian, Rona Chandrawati, Dorna Esrafilzadeh*, and Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh* Gallium Nanodroplets are Anti-Inflammatory without Interfering with Iron Homeostasis” ACS Nano. 2022, 16, 6, 8891–8903. (IF = 18.027)
  2. Chengchen Zhang, Jianbo Tang, Wanjie Xie, Francois-Marie Allioux, Zhenbang Cao, Joanna M. Biazik, Mohammad Tajik, Fei Deng, Yi Li, Roozbeh Abbasi, Mahroo Baharfar, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, and Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh* “Mechanistic observation of interactions between macrophages and inorganic particles with different densities” Small. 2022, 2204781 (IF = 15.153)
  3. Chengchen Zhang, Francois-Marie Allioux, Md. Arifur Rahim, Jialuo Han, Jianbo Tang, Mohammad B. Ghasemian, Shi-Yang Tang, Mohannad Mayyas, Torben Daeneke, Pierre Le-Clech, Richard B. Kaner, Dorna Esrafilzadeh*, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh* "Nucleation and Growth of Polyaniline Nanofibers onto Liquid Metal Nanoparticles" Chemistry of Materials. 2020, 32, 4808−4819. (IF = 10.508)
  4. Yangzhi-Peng#, Chengchen Zhang# (Co-first author), Yue Su, Zewen-Wang, Yong Jiang* “Activation of the hippocampal AC-cAMP-PKA-CREB-BDNF signaling pathway using WTKYR in depression model rats” Electrophoresis. 2019, 40(8), 1245-1250. (IF = 3.595) 
  5. Su Li#, Chengchen Zhang# (Co-first author), Shengnan Wang, Qingliu, Huanhuan Feng, Xing Ma*, Jinhong Guo* “Electrochemical Microfluidic Techniques for Heavy Metal Ions Detection” Analyst. 2018, 143, 4230-4246 (IF = 5.227)


  1. Salma Merhebi, Franco Centurion, Roozbeh Abbasi, Chengchen Zhang, Joanna M. Biazik, Mohannad Mayyas, Jiong Yang, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Mohammad B. Ghasemian, Jianbo Tang, Wanjie Xie, Md. Arifur Rahim, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Francois-Marie Allioux “Liquid metal-polydopamine composite for cell culture and electro-stimulation” Submitted. 2022
  2. Mahroo Baharfar, Jiewei Zheng, Roozbeh Abbasi, Sean Lim, Varun Kundi, Priyank V Kumar, Md Arifur Rahim, Chengchen Zhang, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Mohannad Mayyas “Interface-controlled phase separation of liquid metal-based eutectic ternary alloys” Chemistry of Materials. 2022, 34, 23, 10761–10771 (IF = 10.508)
  3. Maedehsadat Mousavi, Uttam Mittal, Mohammad B. Ghasemian, Mahroo Baharfar, Jianbo Tang, Yin Yao, Salma Merhebi, Chengchen Zhang, Neeraj Sharma, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Mohannad Mayyas “Liquid metal-templated tin-doped tellurium films for flexible asymmetric pseudocapacitors” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2022, 14, 45, 51519–51530 (IF = 10.383)
  4. Roozbeh Abbasi, Jianbo Tang, Mahroo Baharfar, Chengchen Zhang, Francois-Marie Allioux, Jin Zhang, Mohammad Tajik, Jiong Yang, Joanna Biazik, Franco Centurion, Jialuo Han, Sajjad S Mofarah, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, Pramod Koshy, Charles C Sorrell, Sammy Lap Ip Chan, Md Arifur Rahim, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh “Induction heating for the removal of liquid metal-based implant mimics: A proof-of-concept” Applied Materials Today. 2022, 27, 101459 (IF = 8.663)
  5. Franco Centurion, Salma Merhebi, Mahroo Baharfar, Roozbeh Abbasi, Chengchen Zhang, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Wanjie Xie, Jiong Yang, Zhenbang Cao, Francois‐Marie Allioux, Gregory FS Harm, Joanna Biazik, Kourosh Kalantar‐Zadeh, Md Arifur Rahim “Cell‐Mediated Biointerfacial Phenolic Assembly for Probiotic Nano Encapsulation” Advanced Functional Materials. 2022, 32, 2200775. (IF = 19.924)
  6. Wanjie Xie, Francois-Marie Allioux, Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Jialuo Han, Md Arifur Rahim, Jianbo Tang, Jiong Yang, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Mohannad Mayyas, Zhenbang Cao, Franco Centurion, Michael J Christoe, Chengchen Zhang, Yifang Wang, Salma Merhebi, Mahroo Baharfar, Gervase Ng, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, Cyrille Boyer, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh “Polydopamine Shell as a Ga3+ Reservoir for Triggering Gallium–Indium Phase Separation in Eutectic Gallium–Indium Nanoalloys” ACS Nano. 2021, 15, 10, 16839-16850 (IF = 18.027)
  7. Francois-Marie Allioux, Jialuo Han, Jianbo Tang, Salma Merhebi, Shengxiang Cai, Junma Tang, Roozbeh Abbasi, Franco Centurion, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Chengchen Zhang, Wanjie Xie, Mohannad Mayyas, Md Arifur Rahim, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh “Nanotip Formation from Liquid Metals for Soft Electronic Junctions” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, 13, 36, 43247-43257. (IF = 10.383)
  8. Maedehsadat Mousavi, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Jialuo Han, Yifang Wang, Roozbeh Abbasi, Jiong Yang, Jianbo Tang, Shuhada A Idrus-Saidi, Xinwei Guan, Michael J Christoe, Salma Merhebi, Chengchen Zhang, Junma Tang, Rouhollah Jalili, Torben Daeneke, Tom Wu, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Mohannad Mayyas “Bismuth telluride topological insulator synthesized using liquid metal alloys: Test of NO2 selective sensing” Applied Materials Today. 2021, 22, 100954. (IF = 8.663)
  9. Salma Merhebi, Munirah Mohammad, Mohannad Mayyas, Roozbeh Abbasi, Chengchen Zhang, Shengxiang Cai, Franco Centurion, Wanjie Xie, Zhenbang Cao, Junma Tang, Md Arifur Rahim, Jin Zhang, Amir Razmjou, Greg Leslie, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Jianbo Tang, Francois-Marie Allioux “Post-transition metal/polymer composites for the separation and sensing of alkali metal ions” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9, 35, 19854-19864. (IF = 14.511)
  10. Francois-Marie Allioux, Salma Merhebi, Jianbo Tang, Chengchen Zhang, Andrea Merenda, Shengxiang Cai, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Md Arifur Rahim, Maxime Maghe, Sean Lim, Jin Zhang, Lachlan Hyde, Mohannad Mayyas, Benjamin V Cunning, Rodney S Ruoff, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh “Carbonization of low thermal stability polymers at the interface of liquid metals” Carbon, 2020, 171, 938-945. (IF = 11.307)
  11. Mohannad Mayyas*, Maedehsadat Mousavi, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Roozbeh Abbasi, Hongzhe Li, Michael J Christoe, Jialuo Han, Yifang Wang, Chengchen Zhang, Md Arifur Rahim, Jianbo Tang, Jiong Yang, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, Rouhollah Jalili, Francois-Marie Allioux, Anthony P O’Mullane, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh* “Pulsing Liquid Alloys for Nanomaterials Synthesis” ACS Nano. 2020, 14, 10, 14070–14079. (IF = 18.027)
  12. Hongda Lu, Shi-Yang Tang*, Zixuan Dong, Di Liu, Yuxin Zhang, Chengchen Zhang, Guolin Yun, Qianbin Zhao, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Ruirui Qiao*, Weihua Li* “Dynamic temperature control system for the optimized production of liquid metal nanoparticles” ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2020, 3, 6905−6914. (IF = 6.140)
  13. Fanyu Zeng, Taotao Mu, Chengchen Zhang, Bill Huang, Bing Wang, Xing Ma*, Jinhong Guo* “Paper-based SERS Analysis with Smartphone as Raman Spectral Analyzer” Analyst. 2019,144, 137-142. (IF = 5.227)
  14. Taotao Mu#, Su Li#, Huanhuan Feng, Chengchen Zhang, Bing Wang, Xing Ma, Jinhong Guo*, Bill Huang*, and Lianqing Zhu* “High-sensitive Smartphone-based Raman System based on Cloud Network ArchitectureIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 2018, 25(1), 1-6. (IF = 4.653) 
  15. Hong Yang, Chengchen Zhang, Tingting Li, Xue Shen, Zhongyuan Chen, Xiaoxue Xie, Shun Li, Xiang Qin, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao Liu* “Rational design of multifunctional polymeric micelles with stimuli-responsive property for imaging-guided combination cancer therapy” Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology. 2017, 13, 1221–1234. (IF = 3.641)
  16. Hong Yang, Min Xu, Xue Shen, Jie Yan, Chengchen Zhang, Yiyao Liu* “Chitosan hybridnanoparticles as a theranostic platform for targeted doxorubicin/VEGF shRNA co-delivery and dual-modality fluorescence imaging” RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 29685-29696. (IF = 4.036)
  17. Tingting Li, Xue Shen, Chen Yin, Chengchen Zhang, Jie Yan, Yiyao Liu* “Polyetherimide-grafted Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles as theranostic agents for simultaneous VEGF siRNA delivery and magnetic resonance cell imagingInternational Journal of Nanomedicine, 2015, 10, 4279-4291. (IF = 7.033)

My Engagement

Organized Academic Conferences:

  • 2023/01-present Local Publicity Committee Member (Social Media Officer), 45th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBC 2023, July 24-28, 2023, Sydney, Australia, Conference Web page: )
  • 2019/01−2019/05 Conference Co-Chief Secretary, The 13th IEEE-EMBS International Summer School and Symposium on Medical Devices and Biosensors & The 11th International School and Symposium on Biomedical and Health Engineering (MDBS-BHE 2019, Sep 28-29. 2019, Chengdu, China, Conference web page: )
  • 2017/10−2018/06 Conference Chief Secretary, 2018 International Conference of Biomedical Information Perception & Microsystems (ICBIPM2018, June 13-15, 2018, Chengdu, China, Conference web page: )

Attended Academic Conferences:

  • 2022/12 Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP)/Biofocus Seminar, GSBmE, UNSW, Sydney (Invited Speaker)
  • 2022/07 2022 RACI National Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (Poster Presentation)
  • 2022/05 2022 MRS Spring Meeting, Hawai’i, Honolulu, USA (Poster Presentation; Best Poster Award)

Participation in Research Associations:

  • Member of the Materials Research Society (MRS, USA)
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA)
  • Member of the IEEE Young Professionals (IEEE, USA)
  • Member of the IEEE Women in Engineering (IEEE, USA)
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI, Australia)
  • Member of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN, Australia)
  • Member of ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP, Australia)

Review Editor of Frontiers in Medical Technology

Regular Independent Reviewer for International Journals: Research, Journal of Nanobiotechnology, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Biosensors, Scientific Reports, etc.

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